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Designated Main Street Community
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Network Main Street Community
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Designated and Artists on Main Street Community
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Downtown Assessment Community
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Minnesota Main Streets is a grantee of the Equitable Ecosystems in Rural Main Streets Program, led by Main Street America and supported by the Kauffman Foundation. In October MSA staff will travel to Minnesota for two workshops, identical in material but held in different parts of the state. 

Click here to learn more about the EEE Workshops, what it will cover, who should attend, and more! 

Click here to register for Cloquet on Tues. October 10. 

Click here to register for Red Wing on Weds. October 11. 

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Minnesota Main Streets

Minnesota Main Streets by Rethos helps towns and small cities maximize both their people and built assets for economic vitality. Learn about our communities, and how Main Street works in Minnesota.

More Main Street Focused Programming and Services

There is more to Minnesota Main Street services and programming. Our community engagement focused services provide Main Streets and historic commercial districts of all sizes with tools and resources for information gathering, work plans, and placemaking initiatives. Learn more about these services below.

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Artists on Main Street

Artists on Main Street, a collaboration between Minnesota Main Streets by and Springboard for the Arts, explores how the arts help address the challenges affecting Main Street communities today. Using artists as placemakers, communities use their own people and ideas for action.

Downtown Assessments

How would you tell your community's story? What is happening in your Main Street today that can help in reactivating your spaces? Downtown Assessments discover and celebrate what makes your town unique, and provides a plan for revitalization action.

Looking Up Downtown: Paul Bruhn Grant Information

We're excited to officially launch the application for the first round of the "Looking Up Downtown" Paul Bruhn Grant soon! As soon as we finalize forms with the National Park Service, which oversees this grant process, we'll confirm informational webinar dates and application deadlines.


In the meantime, here are a few things to know:

  1. In order to be eligible for the Looking Up Downtown grant, your building needs to be listed on the National Register either individually or in a district, and located in a Minnesota Main Street community.

  2. Twelve projects will be able awarded up to $50,000 of work on the interior upper floors of buildings located in Main Street Districts. There will be two rounds of applications, with $300,000 and six projects receiving grants during each period.

  3. Applications will need to be shovel ready--if you've got prep work that needs to happen, it's a good idea to get moving on that! We encourage working with historic architects as much as possible.

  4. Local Main Street program directors must be part of the application process with all individual applicants.

  5. We will ask for photos, both current and historic. Contact your local historical society if you need help finding old photos!

  6. This grant will only fund window repair, it will not fund window replacement.

  7. We anticipate many upper floor projects will be housing-focused, but any work to create new or enhanced useful space is applicable (ex: upper floor event space, new offices, etc.).

  8. We will host at least one informational webinar during each application period. Contact your local Main Street Director to stay informed on these dates.

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