GAMSA

The application process for Illinois Main Street is designed to be as simple as possible, while still assessing the local applicant’s understanding of the Main Street Approach, its understanding and expectations of IMS, and its readiness to begin a Main Street program.  

For assistance filling out the application, please contact Steve Amraen, Manager of Network Services at the National Main Street Center samraen@savingplaces.org

The application process for the California Main Street Alliance is designed to be as simple as possible, while still assessing the local applicant’s understanding of the Main Street Approach, its understanding and expectations of CAMSA, and its readiness to begin a Main Street program.  

For assistance filling out the application, please contact Steve Amraen, Manager of Network Services at the National Main Street Center samraen@savingplaces.org

OneMain Financial and Main Street America (MSA) are partnering to bring you Made on Main Street, a grant program that will provide six (6) $25,000 Community Action Grants for innovative, community transformation projects led by inspirational local leaders in 2018. OneMain Financial will also host one celebration event in each of the six grant-awarded communities to showcase their commitment to investing in local communities and bring the community together.

Project Criteria

  • Project must serve the community
  • Project must be able to be completed within 24 months of grant awarding
  • Project must be feasible to accomplish within grant budget
  • Examples include, but are not limited to: façade improvements, public murals, community greenspaces and gardens, farmers or makers markets, incubator spaces, etc.

Applicant Eligibility

  • Applicants must be a 501c(3) or 501c(6) organization or a government entity.
  • Applicant must be a member of Main Street America in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, Oregon, or Washington.
    • Note: if an interested community is not a current Main Street America member, Main Street America will offer a reduced membership fee for them to join during the duration of the Made on Main Street campaign.
  • Project should include plan for volunteer engagement with local OneMain Branch. Sample ideas include: clean-up days, planting, hosting a community engagement meeting, etc.
  • Applicant must be willing to engage in local media opportunities including the project celebratory event.

Timing

  • Application period: March 26-April 30, 2018
  • Informational Webinar: April 18, 2018. [Register here!]
  • Project award: May 15, 2018
  • Project celebration window (local grant winner community events): July-October 2018
  • Project implementation period: Late Summer 2018-Late Summer 2020

Rules and Regulations

Grant winners will be required to:

  • Work with OneMain Financial to promote the project, potentially via signage and media speaking opportunities
  • Execute a comprehensive liability release and indemnification agreement in favor of OneMain, requiring that OneMain be listed on the winner’s insurance policies.
  • Report periodically to MSA on the implementation of the projects and their local impact. Note: report format and further instructions will be provided after Winning Community selection.
    • Monthly: Take a picture of the transformation to be used in promotional videos showing the transformation over time.
    • Each quarter: Winning Community will report expenditure of Community Action Grant funds.
    • Annually, Winning Community will report:
      • volunteer hours, particularly in relation to OneMain branches’ involvement
      • local dollars raised or leveraged as a result of the Made on Main Street Community Action Grant
      • new partnerships created as a result of the Made on Main Street Community Action Grant
      • other metrics specific to the project type, to be decided upon execution of subgrant agreement.

Non-performance

Winning Communities will have twenty-four (24) months to complete their respective projects, starting upon public announcement of the Winning Community’s selection. 

  • The Community Action Grant will be paid to the Winning Communities in two portions:
    • $12,500 will be disbursed within thirty (30) days of the public announcement of the Winning Community’s selection (aka Initial Funding).
    • If the Winning Community completes the project within twenty-four (24) months, $12,500 will be disbursed upon the project’s completion (aka Final Funding).
    • If a Winning Community does not complete its project within twenty-four (24) months, one of two outcomes will occur:
      • The completion date may be extended, depending on circumstances and through approval, in their sole discretion, of both MainStreet America and OneMain, OR
      • The Winning Community will receive an amount that equals the percentage of such project which is complete as of the Completion Date (i.e., if the project is 80% complete, 60% of the Final Funding would be awarded so that the amount of the Grant actually awarded is 80%).
        • Example: 24 months after being selected, Winning Community X has completed 80% of its project. Winning Community X received $12,500 in Initial Funding. Winning Community X will receive $7,500 for final Funding. Their total Funding is $20,000, which is 80% of $25,000 (the original grant amount).
  • Completion Schedules. Winning communities will work with Grantor to establish a completion schedule with milestones indicating stages of project completion. These milestones will be used to establish percentages of completion.
  • If a Winning Community commits a material breach of its Award Agreement, or if a Winning Community has not completed fifty percent (50%) of its project by the Completion Date, the grant may be terminated, in which case no further funding would be disbursed to such community.   

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