Five finalists have been chosen to present their worthwhile project ideas at the Third Annual Main Street Idea Pitch! The event will be held virtually on November 17, 2020 from 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The annual competition is geared toward inspiring the Virginia Main Street (VMS) network of community leaders to craft imaginative downtown project ideas … More Five Finalists Chosen to Present Their Project Ideas at the Third Annual Main Street Idea Pitch!
During the month of July, the Rebuild! VA grant program was created to assist small businesses and nonprofit organizations throughout the state who have faced unprecedented economic distress due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Excitingly, the program has been allotted an additional $30 million, expanding eligibility criteria and increasing the amount of grant funds that small businesses and … More Rebuild VA! Program Allotted Additional $30 Million, Eligibility Expanded
The Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) has launched several new grant opportunities, aimed at creating/expanding public open space and increasing equitable access to open space. Learn more about these program below: VOF Preservation Trust Fund Recently, VOF has made $1 million available from its Preservation Trust Fund (PTF) for grants that create or expand access to … More Virginia Outdoors Foundation Launches New Grant Opportunities for Public Open Space
STARTUP Franklin Southampton won a gold category award for the Neighborhood and Retail Development category of the 2020 Excellence in Economic Development Awards Program presented by the International Economic Development Council on Oct 15, 2020. “We are honored to be accepting this internationally-recognized award in conjunction with the Downtown Franklin Association,” Franklin Southampton Economic Development, Inc. (FSEDI) Board Chairman Harrell Turner shares. “Investing in the … More STARTUP Franklin-Southampton Wins Gold
Several months ago, Main Street America partnered alongside The Hartford to support small businesses through the HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program as they work to reopen safely. The program sought to assist brick-and-mortar businesses in commercial districts across the nation, funding solutions that help merchants respond and adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. Excitingly, grant recipients … More Nine Virginia Businesses Named Hartbeat of Main Street Grant Recipients!
Amidst an unprecedented public health emergency, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds continue to serve as a valuable resource, assisting eligible localities in responding to the challenging health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting urgent need recovery activities. In September, Governor Ralph Northam announced more than $8.4 million through the CDBG program … More CDBG Funds Support COVID-19 Recovery and Relief Efforts in Rural Communities across Virginia
Usually around this time each year we travel the state for our Community Revitalization Roadshow, a chance to present and discuss our various programs directly with you. Alas 2020 is no typical year, and though we can’t pack up the car and head your way, we decided to go ahead and plan a road trip, … More Take a Road Trip with the Community Revitalization Office!
On September 21, 2020, the Federal Reserve Board announced that it is seeking public input as it considers how to update the regulations that implement the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) by strengthening, clarifying, and tailoring them to reflect the current banking landscape and better meet the core purpose of the CRA. The Board is specifically … More Providing Input for CRA Updates
Excitingly, Main Street America (MSA) announced that a second round of the Hartbeat on Main Street Grant Program will open on Thursday, October 22, 2020. In partnership with The Hartford, the program will continue to fund solutions that help merchants respond and adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as helping to revitalize and strengthen … More Hartbeat of Main Street Grant Program: Second Round
Recently, Main Street America (MSA) announced that the annual Main Street Now Conference will be held virtually! Recognizing the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, MSA has prioritized the safety and well-being of the Main Street network, and they are strongly committed to delivering an online event that mirrors the high-energy of previous national, in-person … More 2021 Main Street Now Conference Goes Virtual!