NC Main Street Program

The NC Main Street program assists selected communities across the state in restoring economic vitality to their historic downtowns. Using a comprehensive downtown revitalization process developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Main Street encourages economic development within the context of historic preservation.

Main Street staff provides technical assistance, guidance and training to participating communities. While grant funds for specific projects occasionally become available, Main Street is a self-help program, and it is up to local communities to provide the human and financial resources necessary to operate their downtown programs.

New Main Street communities are selected through a competitive application process. Eligible communities must have a certified population under 50,000 and commit to hiring a full-time downtown manager and providing funding for operating the program.

NC Main Street is a Main Street America™ Coordinating Program.

As a Main Street America™ Coordinating Program, NC Main Street helps to lead a powerful, grassroots network consisting of over 40 Coordinating Programs and over 1,200 neighborhoods and communities across the country committed to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.

National Trust for Historic Preservation,® Main Street® and Four-Point Approach® are registered trademarks of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.


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