Innovation on Main Street Award

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The Innovation on Main Street Award recognizes local Main Street or Coordinating Programs for an innovative project, event, or initiative they created that made a significant impact on their respective community, county, region or state.  We are looking for projects, events, or initiatives that are sustainable over time, fulfill an unmet need, or represent a new approach to an existing downtown revitalization challenge or opportunity. The award is open to any Main Street America™ Standard, Designated or Coordinating Program member of the National Main Street Center.  

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See the 2015 and 2016 Innovation on Main Street Award winners.

The award will be announced during the Closing Plenary of the 2017 Main Street Now Conference in Pittsburgh, on May 3, 2017.

Requirements
•    Open to Main Street America™ Standard, Designated or Coordinating Program member of the National Main Street Center
•    Submissions due by 11:59 p.m. (CST) on Wednesday, March 8
•    Project, event or initiative took place/began in calendar year (CY) 2016 (Jan. 1–Dec. 31)

Guidelines for Submission
Up to a 1000 word narrative that outlines the following:
•    Describe the project and the outcomes of the project (i.e. number of people impacted, how it has benefitted others)  
•    Does it meet an unfulfilled need or represent a new approach to an existing revitalization challenge or opportunity?
•    How will the program be sustained over time? What makes it innovative?
•    How can it be replicated elsewhere?
•    If the project initially started prior to CY16 please describe what changes were made in CY16 to create a larger impact.
•    Up to supporting three (3) supporting documents such as articles, photos, budget, budget, etc.
•    One (1) letter of support*

*Please note the letter of support must come from your Coordinating Program with two exceptions:
•    If there is no Coordinating Program in place, the letter must come from City Council.
•    If a Coordinating Program is submitting, then the letter should come from the Board of Directors or head agency in which the Program is housed.
 
If you have any questions please contact Steve Amraen at samraen@savingplaces.org or 312.610.5609.