Coordinating community-based downtown revitalization efforts

The Main Street Iowa program works with a select group of communities committed to exceptionally high standards for downtown economic development. As a Main Street AmericaTM Coordinating Program, the over 50 communities in Iowa are connected to a network of 40 programs across the country representing over 1,200 communities.

Communities capitalize on the unique identity, assets and character of their historic commercial districts. Assistance includes training workshops, architectural and design assistance, business assistance, and a number of other opportunities.

  • Designated Main Street Communities receive $120,000 in the first three years of the program for training, technical assistance and consulting
  • From year four onward, the communities receive $15,000 each year in ongoing assistance


  • Eligible applicants are non-entitlement cities (under 50,000) or counties
  • The majority of beneficiaries (individuals utilizing transportation) must reside in non-entitlement communities
  • The Iowa Economic Development Authority will require a one-for-one cash match for projects
    • Matching funds can be a combination of funds from participating businesses, local, state and federal funds
  • Participating businesses may not include retail or service businesses
    • A service business is a business providing services to a local consumer market which does not have a significant proportion of its sales coming from outside the state
  • For each project, the majority of beneficiaries (51%) must be low- and moderate income individuals, as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

How to Apply:

  • Download application instructions
Program Contact(s)

Michael Wagler



Iowa Economic Development Authority
200 East Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Phone: 1.515.725.3000

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