LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Gov. Mike Beebe says the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program has awarded $1.6 million in grants for projects in 35 Arkansas counties.
The grants were awarded through the County Courthouse Restoration Subgrant, Historic Preservation Restoration Grant, Certified Local Government Subgrant and Main Street Downtown Restoration Grant programs.
Officials say 20 counties shared $1.1 million County Courthouse Restoration Subgrants, which are financed through Real Estate Transfer Tax funds. Garland County received $100,000, the highest award in the program.
Eleven projects shared $307,564 in Historic Preservation Restoration Grants, which distribute funds raised through the Real Estate Transfer Tax to rehabilitate buildings listed on the Arkansas or National Registers of Historic Places and owned by local governments.
Among them was the Visitor's Chapel A.M.E. Church in Hot Springs, which received $40,666 for roof restoration
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