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 must serve the
- 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.
- 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.
- Application period: March 26-April
- 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
winners will be required to:
- Work with OneMain Financial to promote the project, potentially via signage and media speaking
- 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.
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.
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.
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
- 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
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