The Newport Downtown Revitalization and Improvement Volunteer Effort received $3,000 as members of the Main Street Arkansas community gathered to receive ceremonial checks in Argenta Plaza, North Little Rock, earlier this month.
Grants are awarded annually to designated Main Street and Downtown Network programs by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AHPP), 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.”
Main Street Arkansas works to strengthen and preserve historic downtowns and Main Street districts across the state. It provides technical assistance, resources, and ongoing education to local programs to help them implement and excel in the Main Street Four-Point Approach, creating a vivid and vital sense of place.