Model Business Grant
Model Business Grants are provided to local Main Street Cities for application by Main Street Arkansas, a program of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, a program of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. This grant program requires a dollar for dollar match, of which one-half of the local investment may be in-kind. Funded by the Real Estate Transfer Tax, the Model Business Grant addresses facade & interior rehabilitation as well as business management to serve as a model business for other downtown merchants and property owners.
Slipcover & Mansard Removal Grant
The purpose of this grant is to provide an incentive to remove slipcovers and mansards in order to restore buildings to their historic appearances. This grant requires a match of 25%. The match can be both cash and in-kind with the in-kind portion not to exceed 50% of the match. Like the Model Business Grant The Slipcover and Mansard Removal Grant is provided to local Main Street Cities for application by Main Street Arkansas.
Downtown Revitalization Grant
The focus of Downtown Revitalization Grant projects are high visibility, high impact, long term projects that benefit the greatest number of people. This grant requires a 1 to 2 match, for example, the local program must secure $10,000 to be eligible for $20,000 from Main Street Arkansas. Up to 50% of the match may be in-kind services. Like the Model Business and the Slipcover & Mansard Removal grants this incentive is provided to local Main Street Cities for application by Main Street Arkansas.
Small Business Assistance
The Main Street Arkansas Small Business Consultant provides no-cost, on-site confidential business assistance on an as-requested basis to businesses located within the designated Main Street District. The consultant's mission is to provide businesses with the tools and support needed to succeed in today's competitive environment. In addition to providing small business workshops the consultant provides assistance with store operations, merchandising, market & sales analysis, and management.
Jerry Burns, Delta Ice Services, meeting with Susan Shaddox and Mark Miller with Main Street Arkanas.
Exterior & Interior Design Assistance
The Main Street Arkansas Design Consultants provide confidential, no-cost exterior and interior design assistance to business and property owners within the designated Main Street District. Areas of Exterior Design Assistance include rehabilitation advice for building facades, review of streetscapes, signs & planning, written recommendations & resources, and drawings of facades with material colors. Areas of Interior Design Assistance include rehabilitation advice for interior spaces, window & merchandise display workshops, auto CAD drawings for floor plans & feasibility studies, conceptual design plans and design research for building projects.
Public presentations regarding the Main Street West Memphis program are available for the classroom, church or civic group.