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Indiana Office of Community & Rural Affairs

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Indiana Main Street Application Process

1. Contact your region’s Community Liaison from our Office of Community and Rural Affairs for an introduction to Indiana Main Street.  The list of our Community Liaison’s can be found at:  http://www.in.gov/ocra/2330.htm.

  • The Community Liaison will present the community with a basic overview of the background of what is Indiana Main Street, they will outline the steps to becoming a Main Street community, and answer basic questions about the program.
  • At this meeting, the Community Liaison will provide the community with the Indiana Main Street Questionnaire Form. 
  • The community will determine if the Main Street Program is a good fit for their community and if so, they will return the Indiana Main Street Questionnaire Form to our office.

2. Send Indiana Main Street Questionnaire Form to the Office of Community and Rural Affairs’ Indiana Main Street Program.

  • The Program Manager for Indiana Main Street will contact the interested community to confirm receipt of Questionnaire.
  • The Community Liaison from our Office of Community and Rural Affairs will contact the community to set up a date and time to review section one of the pre-application process.
    • The Community Liaison will help the community as needed to complete section one of the pre-application.

3. The Community Liaison will provide section one of the pre-application information to the Indiana Main Street Program Manager to start section two of the pre-application phase.

4. The Indiana Main Street Program Manager will contact the community to set up a date and time for section two of the pre-application phase.

  • The Program Manager will help the community as needed to complete section two of the pre-application.

5. The Indiana Main Street Program Manager will provide the community the Indiana Main Street Application once section two of the pre-application is complete.

  • Community will complete the application and return to Indiana Main Street.

6. Indiana Main Street will review the application and then contact the community to set up a visit with the Board and other members of the Main Street efforts in that community. 

  • This meeting will determine if the organization has everything in place and will be sustainable.

7. Indiana Main Street will make the determination to approve the community 2-4 weeks after the final site visit.

  • We will set up a time for a press release, official certificate, and any other celebrations.

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