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County Courthouse Restoration Grant

Grants to Arkansas Counties to Restore
and Maintain Historic Court Buildings

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Department of Arkansas Heritage - Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AHPP)

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Grants to Arkansas counties for the preservation of historic courthouses throughout the state. Funding may be used to restore, preserve, repair, stabilize, or rehabilitate courthouses. First priority will be given to projects that mitigate threats to a structure’s survival and integrity.


The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AHPP) recognizes a lack of financial assistance as one of the largest obstacles to the preservation of historic resources in Arkansas. The purpose of the County Courthouse Restoration Grant program is to encourage and promote the preservation and continued use of Arkansas’s historic courthouses by providing financial assistance for restoration, selected maintenance and accessibility projects. The County Courthouse Restoration Grant is an annual grant that has been in existence since 1988. It is funded primarily by an annual grant to the AHPP by the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council (ANCRC) using Real Estate Transfer Tax funds.

State and Federal Regulations:

All grant recipients must agree to abide by and comply with applicable state and federal regulations and policies, including Fair Labor Standards, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 [42 USC 2000 (d)] and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 [29 USC Section 794], Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991, as well as all other applicable state and federal laws, regulations, and executive orders dealing with public works, professional services, and bidding procedures.

Grants may be used for, but are not limited to, the following projects:
-Repair and/or replacement of roofing materials.
-Repair and/or replication of original windows.
-Repair and/or replication of original exterior siding material.
-Alterations to meet requirements of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
-Removal of artificial siding (vinyl, metal, asbestos plate).
-Repair of foundation and/or masonry problems.
-Repair or replication of significant exterior architectural elements such as missing or severely dilapidated/missing columns, turrets, cupolas, domes, or clock towers.
-Exterior painting (if existing paint has failed).
-Exterior cleaning.
-Repair of integral guttering systems.
-Repair of structural elements such as floor joists, ceiling joists, rafters, foundations, rotted floors, load-bearing walls, trusses, metal columns or beams.
-Removal of asbestos or lead paint.
-Completion of a Historic Structures Report and Building Master Plan by a licensed architect or engineer.
-Repair and/or installation of seismic reinforcement in a historic structure.
-Repair, restoration, or replication of missing or deteriorated original interior features considered significant to the National Register eligibility of the property. The features must be documented through historic photographs, original architectural drawings/specifications, or architectural investigation. Projects may include but are not limited to the following items: decorative plaster work, murals, stencils, faux finishes, decorative painting, carved/decorative moldings and trim, wood paneling, fireplace mantels, staircases, stained- glass windows/skylights, parquet flooring, and the repair of mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems if the existing systems jeopardize the historic property.

To be considered allowable, all costs must appear in the approved work-cost breakdown. Some of the most frequently used allowable costs include:
-Historical, architectural, or archeological research necessary to implement and carry out project work.
-Architectural, engineering, or contractor fees necessary to implement and carry out project work.
-Expendable supplies and materials.
-Rental or lease of project equipment.
-Exterior restoration.
-Structural repairs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible county courthouses include 1) those listed on the National Register of Historic Places, either individually or as a contributing resource in a historic district; and 2) those that are not listed, but are eligible for listing on the National Register, as determined by AHPP. A county receiving grant funds for a non-National Register courthouse must submit a completed National Register nomination with its final invoice.

Grants cannot be used to reimburse expenses for work done outside the grant period specified in the grant contract. Additionally, it should be stressed that these grants are not intended for general maintenance projects.

As a general rule, projects involving sidewalks, interior finishes, correcting inappropriate past “remodels,” etc. in a building that is accessible and structurally sound may be assigned a lower priority and receive no funding. The AHPP staff understands that these are worthy projects and would greatly enhance the public’s use of these properties. Unfortunately, limited funding may mean that while these projects are eligible, they are not necessarily competitive or fundable.

The following costs are not reimbursed by County Courthouse Restoration Grants:
-Any item not listed in the approved work-cost breakdown.
-Contingency funds.
-Contributions or donations to other organizations or individuals.
-Capital expenditures defined as tangible property costing $100 or more and having a life span of two or more years.
-Entertainment expenses, including refreshments, flowers, reception costs, etc.
-Interest and other financial costs.
-Lobbying expenses.
-New construction (some exceptions apply).
-Interpretive expenses (some exceptions apply).
-New pavement of parking lots, roads or walkways (some exceptions apply).
-Furnishings, draperies or carpeting.
-Work done prior to grant award.
-Installation of artificial siding, incompatible replacement windows, or the use of incompatible
materials of any type.
-Real estate property acquisition costs or legal filing fees.
-Grant writing or grant administration fees.

Pre-Application Information:

The AHPP will accept applications for County Courthouse Restoration Grants from November 17, 2017, to February 2, 2018.

Grants are awarded annually.

All online application submissions are due Friday, February 2, 2018.

If the County receives a notification letter that they have been awarded a grant, they must attend a grant administration workshop in Little Rock at a time and location determined by AHPP.

Attendance is mandatory for the County Judge or representative. Failure to attend the Grant Administration workshop will result in cancellation of the grant award and reallocations of the funds to other projects.

The workshop will provide training on how to administer your grant, and answer any questions you may have.

Counties who have attended training in the past two years may be exempt from this training with written approval from the AHPP Grant Administrator.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To create a login to submit a Letter of Intent or an application, click here.:

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program
1100 North Street
Little Rock, AR 72201


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