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The Downtown Enhancement Grant program is designed to foster innovative approaches to activities, which support and promote community based planning, pre-development, and research initiatives. The goal of these projects is to improve the quality of life and opportunities for increasing private investment and employment in Indiana Main Street (IMS) communities. The Downtown Enhancement Grant priorities are directed by OCRA’s strategic plan and the National Main Street Four Point Approach.

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants for the Downtown Enhancement Grant are current participating Main Street Programs that have been an active Indiana Main Street community* for one year. Partnerships between other entities within the community and the Main Street group are encouraged but the Main Street group must be the lead applicant in order to apply.

An active Main Street organization is one that has a productive governing group, which has established committees focusing on the implementation of the Four Point Approach. These communities work toward fulfilling their mission statement as well as implementing their work plan. The communities also submit reports requested by the Indiana Main Street office within the reporting deadlines and attend continuing education sessions and workshops as they are scheduled by the IMS office.

Project Eligibility

Qualifying projects are ones which promote economic development in the downtown areas and will enhance the quality of life in the community.  Ideal projects could include, but are not limited to, façade renovations or rehabilitations, creation of wayfinding signage, streetscape/landscaping, mural restoration and other more permanent initiatives as they relate to the grant purpose.

Funding and Distribution

1.  The maximum award amount cannot exceed $10,000.00.
2.  The required local match for a project is dollar for dollar of the amount of the grant funds requested.
3.  A maximum of 10% properly documented in-kind match may be applied toward the total project match.
4.  Federal and other state funds may not be used as local match.
5.  Philanthropic foundations, especially community foundations, are strongly encouraged to participate and provide cash match.


DEG Informational Sheet

The 2015 Application Round will be in the fall of 2015.  Please check back for instructions and the application at the end of the summer.

Please contact Shae Kmicikewycz for more information concerning 2015 program details at 317-232-8910 or

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