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T-Mobile Hometown Grants is a $25 million, five-year initiative to support the people and organizations who help small towns across America thrive and grow. Hometown Grants are given every quarter to up to 25 small towns. Apply for funding to support a community project of your choice, like revitalizing or repurposing a historic structure, creating a downtown asset or destination, or improving a space where friends and neighbors gather. Projects that add to a sense of place or could lead to further investment are of particular interest. We look forward to learning more about your town and your project.

Thank you for your interest in the 2025 Great American Main Street Award! The application will close at 11:59 PM CST on Friday, July 26th. If you have any questions while completing your application, please contact Steve Amraen at  For more information on the award, including scoring criteria, click here.

Upon submission of your application please mail the application fee of $150 to the address below:

National Main Street Center
53 W. Jackson Blvd
Suite 350
Chicago, IL 60604

Thank you for your interest in presenting at the 2024 Illinois Main Street Conference. This year's conference will be held in Batavia, Illinois, November 12-14, 2024. Education sessions will take place Wednesday, November 13 to Thursday, November 14.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Expanding on the Main Street Approach: Design, Promotion, Organization and Economic Vitality
  • Building equitable entrepreneurial ecosystems
  • Housing developments or initiatives 
  • Small scale developments: how to foster, finance and build
  • Tourism: partnering and developing downtown as an asset
  • Preservation: both physical infrastructure and cultural heritage
  • Navigating local legislation
  • General advocacy
  • Leadership development 
  • Engaging and partnering with building owners

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