FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 5, 2013
Tash Wisemiller, Montana Main Street Program Coordinator, (406) 841-2756
Ronja M. Abel, Communications Director, (406) 841-2557
Montana Main Street Funding Opportunity
(Helena, MT) – The Montana Department of Commerce is pleased to announce that the Montana Main Street Program will begin accepting applications on Friday, November 15 for its next cycle of community project grant funding.
“The Montana Main Street Program is helping communities throughout the state build and revitalize successful downtowns,” said Department of Commerce Director Meg O’Leary. “Community ideas and efforts to enhance the economic and business vitality of local areas are leveraged by the program’s resources.”
The program is a collaborative effort between the Community Development Division and the Montana Office of Tourism at the Department of Commerce. The collaboration combines the Montana Office of Tourism’s goal to create and maintain vibrant and charming Montana towns with the Community Development Division’s mission to offer safe, efficient, and quality public facilities. The program helps communities strengthen and preserve their historic downtown commercial districts by focusing on economic development, urban revitalization and historic preservation through proactive long-range planning, organization, design and promotion.
“There has been increased interest in the program this past year,” noted Tash Wisemiller, Montana Main Street Program Coordinator. “We’re excited to see the projects envisioned by our member communities and we’re looking forward to helping with the implementation of these ideas and plans.”
Projects funded during the last fiscal year include the creation of an urban renewal tax increment district in Whitehall, updated growth policies for Terry and Glendive, a historical walking tour to promote local tourism in Shelby, a downtown public improvement project in Deer Lodge, a tourism assessment in Lewistown, and a downtown property tax study in Helena.
Main Street communities interested in applying for funding can access the guidelines and application materials online at http://mtmainstreet.mt.gov/application.mcpx.
Eligible funding activities include long-range community planning, downtown revitalization, historic preservation, tourism and economic development projects. Applications are evaluated by the Department of Commerce in the order that they are received and grants will be awarded on a continual basis until all funds are allocated.
For more information regarding the Montana Main Street Program, please contact program staff at (406) 841-2770 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.