3 Communities are selected annually to become Designated Communities through Main Street Alabama.
Interested parties must follow the posted schedule to make application. A general timeframe that should be considered is as follows: Multiple application workshops are held each Winter, written applications are due at the end of each Spring and the announcement of New Communities is at the beginning of each Summer. More information regarding the process is located in the "How to Apply" Section.
For communities that have a thorough understanding of the 4-Point Approach to revitalization and the desire and commitment to work the program, and that annually meet Main Street Alabama’s criteria for designation. Designation includes eligibility for all benefits and grant dollars available. To become a Designated Main Street community, a first-time community must attend an Application Workshop, be recommended by a Selection Committee based on a complete application and evaluation of capacity to achieve success, and be approved by the Board of Directors of Main Street Alabama (limited to 3 new communities a year).
This is the only level of services that authorizes a community to use the trademarked Main Street name and the Main Street Alabama logo.
Technical Assistance – For new Main Street communities during the first 3 years
Technical Assistance – For established Main Street communities (4+ years)
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