Application submissions closed on April 15th.


We have received a large number of applications, and it’s taking us longer than expected to process all of them. Decisions will be sent out by Friday the 24th. Thank you for your patience!

The Rethos Main Streets Support Fund is a newly formed initiative in partnership with local designated Main Street programs to support small businesses located within Main Street districts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds ranging from $500 to $1,000 are available for projects that will assist local businesses to operate through or reopen quickly following the COVID-19 pandemic. Projects may be collaborative with other businesses and organizations in your community.

Information Webinar on Applying to the Rethos Main Streets Support Fund

Eligible Projects: Marketing, customer and community engagement and relations, unique business specific reopening events, operational upgrades (including technology, online stores, etc.), physical space updates (signs, displays, paint/construction supplies), your time to complete the project.


Ineligible Expenses: Rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses, inventory costs, or other similar expenses that occur in the ordinary course of business. These funds are not for personal expenses (groceries, healthcare, etc.). 


Deadline: Applications are due by 12 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15. Fund award announcements will be made on Monday, April 20. 


Criteria for Applicants:

  • Have fewer than 20 employees (combination of part and full time)

  • Must be a brick and mortar business (but may be 501c3)

  • Business may rent or own space

  • Demonstrate sustainability: how will the funds keep the business running during emergency time and include plans for reopening 

  • Existing partnership with local Main Street Program

  • Specified plan for funds with budget information

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