NPS Main Street Façade Improvement Grant

NPS Main Street Facade Improvement Grant

Preserving valuable historic resources and spurring economic growth in rural communities.

Rural Impact

In rural downtowns across the country, disinvestment has made it difficult to preserve significant architectural resources and sustain economic vitality. Coordinated, small-scale façade improvements have the power to not only preserve valuable historic resources in rural communities, but also to spur economic growth in the surrounding area.

Program Description

In 2020, Main Street America will launch the Main Street Facade Improvement Grant Program, made possible by a $746,900 grant from the Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program (HRSP) 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. In the 12 selected communities, MSA will provide Main Street building and business owners with façade improvement grants of up to $25,000 each.

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.

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This project is supported through a grant from the Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program as administered by the National Park Service, Department of Interior.


Provide grants for façade improvements in twelve rural Main Street communities to:


  • Preserve valuable historic resources in rural communities, many of which are economically distressed.
  • Generate tangible economic benefits by increasing sales of local businesses.


  • Demonstrate the power of coordinated, small-scale façade improvements on local economies.
  • Support the attraction of private investment in downtown by reinvigorating its image as the central location for business.
  • Help communities retain local talent and recruit external talent through sustainable economic development.
  • Spur economic growth in the greater community.
  • Generate examples of successful façade improvement projects to serve as a resource library for local communities.

Calling all Main Street Coordinators! Application open now through February 12.


Informational Webinar

Learn more about the Main Street Facade Improvement Grant Program and the application process by viewing one of two informational webinars.