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Funding Opportunities

We are committed to providing grant and funding opportunities to support local Main Street efforts.


Supporting Main Streets

Main Street America offers several grant and funding opportunities throughout the year with the support of corporate partners. Check out our current programs as well as other funding opportunities that are relevant to Main Streets below.  


T-Mobile Hometown Grant Program

T-Mobile partnered with Smart Growth America and Main Street America to invest big in small towns. The T-Mobile Hometown Grant Program awards up to 100 small towns a year with community development project funding—up to $50,000 each. Beginning in April 2021, this $25 million, five-year initiative awards 25 grants per quarter to small towns and rural communities with populations less than 50,000. Projects have spanned technology, education, environment, health care, and more – all with one common focus, making their community stronger. Read about the latest grant recipients here.

The application for the T-Mobile Hometown Grant is open now through March 31, 2023. Click here to apply.


American Express Inclusive Backing Grant Program

To back underrepresented small business owners as they navigate the pandemic and plan for long-term success and resilience, American Express partnered with Main Street America on a $1.65M grant program called Inclusive Backing. Launched in 2021, this program builds on American Express’ ongoing Backing Small initiative to provide economically vulnerable small businesses with financial support and other resources to address their critical needs and challenges. More than 300 grants of $5,000 each were awarded in four cycles over 12 months to small businesses located in older or historic commercial districts across the country, with priority given to businesses that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and preference given to businesses owned by underrepresented groups, including members of the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities, Veterans, women and people of color. Read about the latest grant recipients here.

The application period for the Inclusive Backing Grant Program is currently closed. The next grant cycle will begin in early 2023.

Other Funding Opportunities

Community Heart and Soul Seed Grants (rolling) -
Seed funds to establish the CHS community engagement model in your district. Learn more >

Community Facilities Grant Program (rolling) - Federal funding to develop community facilities that provide crucial community services in rural areas. Learn more >

Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants Program (Due Feb. 7) - Federal subgrant program that provides funds that can be re-granted to support economic development towns in a rural town or region. Learn more >

Minority Business Development Agency Capital Readiness Grant Program (Due Feb. 28) - Federal funding for organizations that support underserved entrepreneurs by providing training, resources, and technical assistance to access capital. Learn more >

RAISE Grants (Due Feb. 28) - Federal funding to modernize local transportation infrastructure. Learn more > 

AARP Community Challenge Grants (Due Mar. 15) - Quick-action grants for vibrant public spaces, transportation and mobility, housing, and more. Learn more >

NEA Our Town Grant Program (awaiting next round) - Creative placemaking grant program that integrates arts, culture, and design into local efforts that strengthen communities. Learn more >

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