$200,000 Downtown Enhancement Grant

Lt. Gov. Skillman Announces $200,000 Available for

Downtown Revitalization Programs

PRESS  RELEASE:

Today Lt. Governor Becky Skillman, along with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) and Indiana Main Street (IMS) program, introduced the $200,000 Downtown Enhancement Grant.  The funds are available for communities participating in the Indiana Main Street program.

The Downtown Enhancement Grants support and promote community-based planning, marketing, and restoration efforts. These efforts improve the quality of life for residents and provide opportunities for increasing private investment and employment. The grant program is directed by OCRA's strategic plan, "Breaking the Boundaries," and the National Main Street Four-Point Approach.

"The Downtown Enhancement grants will go a long way toward revitalizing our small cities and towns," said Lt. Governor Becky Skillman. "Community leaders can use this funding to improve the economic opportunities for their fellow citizens."

Five to ten grants will be awarded. Grant requests up to $20,000 will be considered.

"The goal of the Downtown Enhancement Grant is to reward our Indiana Main Street Communities by offering value-added incentives in support of downtown activities," said David Terrell, Executive Director of OCRA. "This funding will strengthen the economy of Main Street downtown communities."

The Downtown Enhancement Grant application, available on OCRA's Web site, is due August 21, 2007.  OCRA will host a Technical Assistance Workshop on Wednesday, June 27 at the Indiana Government Center South Auditorium in Indianapolis from 1:00 -3:00 p.m.

Projects that may qualify for funding include promotional campaigns, program branding, façade renovations or rehabilitations, establishment of revolving loan funds specific to Main Street activities, and other initiatives relating to Indiana Main Street communities' downtowns.

For more information on the grant program, or to see if your community is eligible, please contact Jo Grandel by phone 317.232.8910 or via email.