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Upcoming Events in Louisiana Main Street Communities



Congratulations to Louisiana's Nationally Accredited Main Street America organizations for 2016!


       Denham Springs Main Street

          Donaldsonville Downtown Development District

          Hammond Downtown Development District

          Main Street Homer

          Leesville Main Street

          Morgan City Main Street

          Natchitoches Main Street

          New Iberia Main Street

          Olde Towne Slidell Main Street

          Springhill Main Street

          St. Martinville Main Street


Click here to learn more about National Accreditation




Meet the Neighbors on Main Street

Every November, Louisiana Main Street communities participate in the state's Louisiana Main to Main Cultural Roadshow.  You will want to travel from community to community to enjoy the unique cultural events scheduled across the state.

Click here to go to the Louisiana Main to Main website

Remember November!


The Nation's Plan for Celebrating 50 Years of the National Historic Preservation Act


Preservation50 is the United States’ four-year effort to celebrate, learn from, and leverage the National Historic Preservation Act’s first five decades to assure historic preservation’s vibrant future in America. 


Click here to visit the website.


Museum on Main Street 2016

Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition sponsored by Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

Hometown Teams - How Sports Shape America will appear in these Louisiana Main Street communities in 2016:



March 19 - April 30

May 7 - June 8

June 25 - August 6

August 13 - September 24






Visit the Hometown Teams Louisiana Facebook page

Visit the Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street web site


National Main Streets Conference

May 23 - 25, 2016
Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Join us May 23-25, 2016 in downtown Milwaukee for Main Street Now, a conference of the National Main Street Center. With Milwaukee as our living laboratory, Main Street Now will offer creative solutions to everyday Main Street challenges to help position your community for success.


Visit the conference website for all the details!


National Alliance of Preservation Commissions Forum 2016

July 27 - 31, 2016
Mobile, Alabama


NAPC is bringing its biennial FORUM to Mobile, Alabama, from July 27 to 31, 2016.  FORUM 2016 includes dozens of educational sessions and discussion panels, mobile workshops and tours, and five days of non-stop networking for commission staff and volunteers representing local, state and national organizations and government agencies.

For more info and updates go to the FORUM 2016 site.


Destination Downtown

September 12 - 14, 2016
Ruston, Louisiana


Plans are underway for a great Destination Downtown conference in Ruston in 2016.  Check back for information as it is available!



Louisiana Main Street Grant Opportunities


Louisiana Main Street grants are available only for applicants located within a designated Louisiana Main Street District


Redevelopment Incentive Grants

Louisiana Main Street Redevelopment Incentive Grants are intended to be a catalyst for the rehabilitation of the exteriors and interiors of historic commercial buildings located within the boundaries of designated Louisiana Main Street districts. Awarded on an annual basis, these reimbursable grants require that a matching amount be provided by the property owner or tenant.  Proposed projects are reviewed by the local historic district commission prior to submission to Louisiana Main Street in order to ensure conformance with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation. For more information please contact your local Main Street director. 

               Michael's Men's Store, Homer, LA       

Download the current Redevelopment Incentive Grant Application Form and Guidelines


Download a sample press release for announcing RIG availability


Download the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation


Download An Analysis of Downtown Storefront Improvements


Louisiana Main to Main Grants

The intent of Louisiana Main to Main: A Cultural Road Show is to showcase the Louisiana Main Street communities and to foster economic development for Louisiana Main Street communities.  Main to Main events celebrate the revitalization of Main Street districts, showcase and promote their merchants, Louisiana cultural assets, and the Louisiana cultural experience while stimulating cultural tourism within Louisiana and enhancing the image of the State. 

Cultural assets are those elements that make a community unique, including the diverse historic and contemporary cultures of its people, architecture, and Louisiana-made art, food, music, etc.  Applicants are encouraged to identify and include an array of diverse cultural assets that showcase and further develop their unique sense of place via Main to Main events. 

These grants are awarded annually to local Main Street organizations to help support Main to Main events across Louisiana every November.



Download the 2015 Main to Main Grant Guidelines and Application

Please Note:  The application portion of this document is for reference only.  Applications will only be accepted through the online application system.



Louisiana Main Street Downtown Design Guidelines

Design Guidelines Cover Download the Louisiana Main Street Downtown Design Guidelines



Louisiana Main Street Architectural ABC's Coloring Book

Coloring Book Cover Download Louisiana Architectural ABC's Coloring Book



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LOUISIANA MAIN STREET is a Main Street America™ Coordinating Program.  As a Main Street America™ Coordinating Program, LOUISIANA 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.