In Case You Missed It: April 2023

During the month of April, the Virginia Main Street (VMS) team published seven blog posts, highlighting the latest community vitality-related news, events and more! Here’s a recap:

VMS Community News:

Grant Announcements:

  • Each year, the VMS program offers a number of grant opportunities to help further the revitalization and preservation of historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts across the state, with a goal of creating vibrant and thriving local economies. Grant applications are due Friday, 04/28 at 11:59 PM. Click here to learn more!
  • Community Business Launch (CBL) grants are open and the maximum award is increased to $100,000! Get our application in by 11:59 PM on Friday, May 5th!

Grant Highlights:

  • On April 13, 2023, a ribbon cutting for the Clifton Forge LOVE sculpture was held on the grounds of the town’s Masonic Amphitheater with a great show of support from the community! Utilizing a VMS Community Vitality Grant, the LOVEworks Sculpture Committee began making plans for this sculpture in 2021 and worked alongside many partners to make it happen. Click here to learn more!

Business & Building Inventories:

  • Business and building inventories are a valuable resource for a Main Street organization. Not only do they provide a comprehensive list of downtown stakeholders, they can be used to conduct a market assessment, track investments, fill vacancies, and promote real estate opportunities – just to name a few. Click here to learn more!


  • During the month of May, join the VMS team for an immersive half-day workshop focused on Diverse Funding and Sustainable Program Operations. Led by self-described spreadsheet nerd Jennifer Goldman, the workshop – Money Matters – will dive into funding best practices, diverse funding streams and work plan-aligned budgeting. Click here to learn more!

Stay tuned for lots more great content in May!