HELENA – The Montana Main Street Program has awarded eight grants totaling $102,000 to communities across Montana to support downtown revitalization projects.
Lt. Governor Mike Cooney on Wednesday presented checks to the grant recipients at the Montana Downtown Conference hosted by Mainstreet Uptown Butte.
“Strong, vibrant main streets are the core of communities across Montana,” he said. “Both locals and visitors alike cherish the charming small town sense of place that makes Montana so unique. The Montana Main Street Program and these grant funds help us to ensure we pass along this important cultural and business asset to future generations.”
The Montana Main Street Program, established in 2005 and currently serving 27 communities across the state, combines Department of Commerce goals of creating and maintaining vibrant and charming Montana communities with offering safe, efficient and quality public facilities. The program offers technical assistance and expertise to all Montana communities and awards competitive grant funding to member communities actively working on downtown revitalization, economic development and historic preservation.
Grants provided this year went to:
- City of Glendive: $6,000 for a Downtown Master Plan to create a comprehensive vision for the planning and development of the commercial district.
- City of Lewistown: $5,000 for a Downtown Parklet Placemaking Project to promote walkability and economic vitality in the downtown core.
- Anaconda/Deer Lodge County: $15,000 for an Active Transportation Plan to address downtown walkability and the interconnectivity of the historic commercial district.
- City of Great Falls: $8,000 for a Downtown Pedlet Placemaking Project to promote walkable downtown public spaces and outdoor dining space.
- City of Red Lodge: $18,000 for a Wayfinding Plan to develop a community wayfinding system.
- City of Glasgow: $15,000 for Community Branding to develop a strategic brand that capitalizes on community assets and regional identity.
- City of Helena: $15,000 for a Façade Improvement Program to implement historic preservation and economic development opportunities in the downtown business district.
- City of Roundup: $20,000 for a Downtown Master Plan to forward a broad vision and goals in downtown revitalization, historic rehabilitation, economic development and long-range community planning.
For more information about the Montana Main Street Program, contact Program Coordinator Tash Wisemiller by phone at 406.841.2770 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.