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Missouri Main Street Connection (MMSC) is offering the Creative Space Activation Grant opportunity to our Main Street network again. The Creative Space Activation grant will award $10,000 to one community to activate a space in their district to engage their community.   

All Missouri Main Street programs that have an agreement with MMSC, are in good standing, and are registered to attend the ShowMe Bash are eligible to apply. If you are not sure if you have an agreement or are in good standing, please contact Ben White at ben@momainstreet.org.

Below is important information about the grant and the application is attached. 

MMSC continues to see the need to activate outdoor spaces through placemaking projects in historic districts as a way to support small businesses, local citizens, and community vibrancy for all ages. This grant will support local Main Street organizations in activating their historic district’s public spaces to build community connections and create an activity that encourages customers to support local small businesses. 

Applications are due June 24, 2023, by midnight. Finalists will be announced on June 28th to begin creating a short presentation of their project for the Pitch Party hosted during the ShowMe Bash (ticket required) in Kansas City on July 31st. 

The winner will be selected by a panel of judges along with audience participation. Be sure to think of ways to make your presentation engaging! Ideas include a video, slideshow, or even a skit. MMSC will share more information on the presentation when finalists are selected. 

Following the selection of the grant winner, projects may start on August 14th following agreement with MMSC and must be completed by June 3, 2025.

We look forward to seeing your creative projects!

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