Members of the Main Street Arkansas community gathered to receive ceremonial checks in Argenta Plaza, North Little Rock, on June 11. Texarkana, Arkansas was the recipient of one of those checks.

Members from Main Street Texarkana, Arkansas were on hand to receive a check for $22,500.

According to a press release, grants are awarded annually to designated Main Street and Downtown Network programs by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program which oversees Main Street Arkansas.

Grants range from $3,000 to $25,000. The grants are classified as Downtown Revitalization Grants and last year were used to help communities purchase and distribute needed PPE and other items during the COVID-19 crisis. This year, the program is encouraging Main Street communities to “think big.”

Some of the larger projects the AHPP is challenging Main Street programs to take on include streetscape improvements, facade rehabilitation, support for local businesses in establishing online order and pick-up services, outdoor dining spaces, and interior renovations.

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