Van Buren is one of 11 Arkansas cities to share $98,378 in grants through the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program’s certified local government program, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced.

The city received a $7,760 grant for national conference attendance and staff and commissioner training.

Certified local government grants are supported by the Historic Preservation Fund, administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. Grant requests totaled $150,526.

The certified local government program is a preservation partnership between local, state and federal agencies focused on promoting historic preservation at the community level. The program is jointly administered by the National Park Service and the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, with local communities working through a certification process to become recognized as a CLG.

Arkansas cities in the CLG program are Little Rock, North Little Rock, Fort Smith, Van Buren, Hot Springs, Eureka Springs, Texarkana, Helena-West Helena, Osceola, El Dorado, Conway, Pine Bluff, Rogers, Morrilton, Blytheville, Fayetteville, Benton, Batesville, Russellville, Dumas and Fairfield Bay. Several others are working to become part of the CLG program.