Main Street Monthly - February

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Annual Reports must be submitted this week

The deadline is quickly approaching to submit Indiana Main Street annual reports. These annual reports are a requirement for designees of the Indiana Main Street program at all levels. Annual reporting assesses the year prior (i.e. you will be reporting on the year 2020.) The submission deadline is 5 p.m. ET Feb. 26, 2021. Please contact Jackie Swihart if you require assistance.

Board member orientation

New Main Street toolkit is now available!

OCRA's Main Street team has been hard at work putting together a new toolkit designed to help any Main Street organization properly onboard any new board members.  These resources are intended to complement the board orientation materials that have been created at the local program level. There is no requirement to use these resources but they are intended to fill potential gaps as local programs onboard new board members. Click here to view all the available resources. Please contact Jackie Swihart or Abby Chapman if you require assistance.

AARP: A Handbook for Improved Neighborhoods

Why are so few cities, towns and neighborhoods in the United States walkable? Why is it so difficult to find vibrant communities where people of all ages, incomes and backgrounds can live, work, shop and play?

The answer, in many locations, is that zoning codes and land use ordinances have made the creation of such places illegal. In some communities, the lack of walkability, opportunity and livability stems from zoning and development decisions that intentionally separated people by race, faith, ethnicity or income.

AARP Handbook

Enabling Better Places: A Handbook for Improved Neighborhoods provides options for communities to consider as they identify and select small-scale, incremental policy changes that can be made without overhauling entire zoning codes and land use policies. Click here to learn more.

Small business owners can apply for the HireUP program

HireUP, a year-round program of the Indiana SBDC, connects eligible small businesses with Quintegra, an Indianapolis-based talent connection firm, to help businesses recruit, hire, and onboard employees that are essential to the sustainability and growth of the business. Past positions include programmers, general managers, accountants, marketing specialists, export development Managers, and more. Interested businesses are invited to apply here

Be sure to learn more about Indiana Humanities' grant opportunities


Applications for the INcommon Grant and the Historic Education Preservation Grant are due Feb. 28. Watch a webinar from Director of Grants at Indiana Humanities, George Hanlin to learn more about Indiana Humanities' grant opportunities:

Important Dates

Thursday, Feb. 25Taking Care of Main Street grant awards announced

Friday, Feb. 26 – Indiana Main Street Annual Reports due

Friday, March 5 – New Indiana Main Street applications are due

Click to view our calendar

Save the Date for the Great Lakes Main Street Conference. In 2021, the virtual conference will be on Aug. 5 and 6. Look for more information, regarding registration, coming later this spring!

Apply for a Heritage Support Grant

Don't forget about Indiana Historical Society's Heritage Support Grants Program. The program exists to advance the care of and access to history in Indiana, while increasing the capacity of organizations that carry out this work. To apply, organizations must be an incorporated 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, reflect history as a significant component of organizational mission and/or propose a history-focused project and have an annual budget under $300,000. Organizations interested in applying must submit a summary of proposal by March 2, 2021

Main Street Now Conference
Renew your focus, recharge with your peers and reimagine the future of Main Street together at this year's Main Street Now Conference. Learn more about the virtual conference experience and register today.

Grant deadline extended

Due to the inclement weather and power outages many parts of the U.S are experiencing, Main Street America is extending the deadline for Main Street Resiliency Grant applications. This program will provide 10 $8,500 grants to support Main Street organizations' innovative, experimental, creative and/or entrepreneurial approaches to addressing revitalization efforts impacted by COVID-19.

The application is now open until 2:59 p. m. ET on Thursday, Feb. 25. Click below for details and access the online application here.

In case you missed it: Matthew Wagner, Ph.D., VP of Revitalization Programs at Main Street America, makes the case for pop-ups as an important tool for both new and existing small businesses, in addition to Main Streets' retention, expansion, and recruitment efforts: