National Park Service Awards Main Street America Funds to Launch Façade Improvement Grant Program

  
October 24, 2019 | National Park Service Awards Main Street America Funds to Launch Façade Improvement Grant Program | 
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Main Street America (MSA) is pleased to announce the Main Street Facade Improvement Grant Program, made possible by a $746,900 grant from the Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program (HSRP) as administered by the National Park Service (NPS), Department of Interior.

This is the first year of funding for the HRSP. State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, Certified Local Governments, and non-profits were eligible to apply for funding to support a subgrant program to fund multiple preservation projects in their rural jurisdictions.

As one of nine inaugural subgrant recipients, MSA will offer façade improvement grants in 12 rural Main Street communities in four states across the country.

“We are excited and honored to be one of the inaugural recipients of the Historic Revitalization Subgrant awards,” said Patrice Frey, President and CEO at Main Street America. “We have seen the impact façade improvement funds have in producing significant, positive changes in rural Main Street communities, and we are thrilled to be able to offer these funds in four more states.”

The Main Street Facade Improvement Grant Program will significantly expand the funds available for façade improvements in rural communities, many of which have seen years of disinvestment. In the 12 selected communities, MSA will provide Main Street building and business owners with façade improvement grants of up to $25,000 each.

The Main Street Facade Improvement Grant Program will demonstrate the power of coordinated, small-scale façade improvements on local economies. By reinvigorating the image of these 12 downtowns, the program will also aim to attract private investment.

“Historic preservation projects have consistently proven to foster economic growth,” National Park Service Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith said. “Through the support of the National Park Service, rural communities are able to preserve their historic resources, shining a light on their unique local history, and bolster economic development.”

Funding for this competitive program is provided by the 2018 Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) which comes from revenue from Federal oil leases on the Outer Continental Shelf, providing assistance for a broad range of preservation projects without expending tax dollars.

Applications for the Main Street Facade Improvement Grant Program will open to coordinating programs in January 2020, and states and communities selected to participate will be announced in March 2020.

For more information about the grants and the Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program, please visit: https://go.nps.gov/revitalization.
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