The Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism has awarded $25,000 in grants to historic properties and museums across the state.
Funded by the one-eighth cent conservation tax, the awards are designed to help small history museums, historical societies, historic houses and sites, and military museums promote education, awareness and enjoyment of Arkansas history.
The grantees, which each received $2,500, were:
- Calico Rock Community Foundation Inc., for the Calico Rock Museum's operating expenses.
- Cross County Historical Society, for museum improvements.
- Dermott Historical Museum Inc., for museum improvements.
- Five Rivers Historic Preservation Inc., for Randolph County Heritage Museum 2022 utilities.
- Hardy History Association, for its “Oral Histories and Living Legacies” project.
- Hot Spring County/Arkansas Historical Society, for operating expenses and utilities.
- Hot Spring County Museum, for operating expenses and museum improvements and utilities.
Lonoke County Museum, for operating expenses.
- Newton County Historical Society, for Bradley House Museum 2022 utilities.
- Saunders Memorial Museum, for sustainability efforts.
Eligible organizations must have an annual operating budget of $250,000 or less; must have a staff of at least one person, either paid or volunteer; and must be open to the public at least 90 days per year.
Eligible activities include buildings and grounds maintenance, operating costs, equipment purchases up to $1,000, accessioning of artifact collections, educational programming, research, exhibits, and web site design and maintenance. The maximum grant award is the $2,500.