Building Improvement Grants Available for Downtown Merchants
Heber Springs, AR
09/07/2017 04:13 PM



Downtown Network Heber Springs is offering Building Improvement Grants to merchants in the downtown historic commercial district. The downtown historic commercial district runs from Spring Park on the East end of Main Street, down to the corner of 7th and Main Streets, and includes the Courthouse Square.  Applications for the grants will be accepted until September 30, 2017. The grants may be used for signage, awnings, storefront improvements, or general improvements that contribute to the vibrancy of storefronts or the downtown district. Four grants of $250 each are available, and merchants will be required to contribute a dollar-for-dollar match.


Downtown Network Executive Director Kathy Phillips said, “These grants are made possible by grant money received from our parent organization, Main Street Arkansas. Main Street Arkansas is a program of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, so their focus is on not only promoting our downtown areas, but on preserving the character of our historic buildings.”


Once the application period ends, all grant applications will be reviewed by Main Street Arkansas. Those selected to be funded will need to provide “before and after” photographic documentation. Complete guidelines are included on the application, which can be found on Downtown Heber Springs Facebook page:, or which may be requested by emailing: or calling Kathy Phillips at 501-270-2204.


The Downtown Network Heber Springs is a downtown revitalization program that utilizes the Main Street approach to downtown revitalization. This approach has been used successfully in more than 1600 communities across the country, focusing on four areas: organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring. 

Kathy Phillips, Executive Director
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