Main Street America Announces 2020 GAMSA Winners!

Recently, the National Main Street Center (NMSC) announced the 2020 Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA) winners during the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s (NTHP) virtual PastForward Conference, recognizing three deserving Main Street communities across the nation. Congratulations to the following communities for receiving the nation’s top award that celebrates those that have excelled in … More Main Street America Announces 2020 GAMSA Winners!

Comcast Launches Grant Program to Help Businesses Owned by Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)

Comcast has launched a new grant program designed to help small businesses that have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically businesses owned by Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) who have been impacted at a higher rate. Earlier this summer, Comcast announced a multiyear plan to fight injustice and inequality, pledging to … More Comcast Launches Grant Program to Help Businesses Owned by Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)

DHCD How-to-Apply Workshops: Register Now!

Are you interested in learning more about grant programs offered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)? During the month of December, join us for a series of in-depth webinars where we will review the application process and more specific grant details pertaining to the following DHCD programs: Industrial Revitalization Fund (IRF) … More DHCD How-to-Apply Workshops: Register Now!

Mural Honors Legacy of T.C. Walker in Gloucester, VA

On Gloucester Main Street, a new mural has been completed, honoring and celebrating the life and legacy of one of Gloucester County’s most notable historical figures. Commissioned in 2019, the Cook Foundation honors the man widely known as Virginia’s “Black Governor,” Thomas Calhoun (T.C.) Walker. Born a slave before President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation … More Mural Honors Legacy of T.C. Walker in Gloucester, VA

Become an Amex #ShopSmall Neighborhood Champion!

It’s important to #ShopSmall all year! But the holiday season marks a special opportunity to rally your community and support the lifeblood of your local economy: small businesses. As a proud supporter of Small Business Saturday® and the Shop Small Movement, Main Street America (MSA) has partnered alongside American Express to encourage its members and … More Become an Amex #ShopSmall Neighborhood Champion!

Five Finalists Chosen to Present Their Project Ideas at the Third Annual Main Street Idea Pitch!

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!

Rebuild VA! Program Allotted Additional $30 Million, Eligibility Expanded

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

Virginia Outdoors Foundation Launches New Grant Opportunities for Public Open Space

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 Wins Gold

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

Nine Virginia Businesses Named Hartbeat of Main Street Grant Recipients!

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!