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Downtown Development Week

From October 7 to 12, OCRA wants to join all Indiana towns and cities in celebrating their downtowns during the second annual Downtown Development Week (DDW). This week we want to honor cities and towns’ commitment to preserve and invest in the heart of the community – their downtown!  Indiana downtowns are many things, and some of them include:

  • a central commercial district,
  • a prominent employment center,
  • the historic core of the community,
  • the community gathering place,
  • local business incubator,
  • a significant community tax base,
  • and most importantly, a reflection of community image, pride and prosperity.

During this week, we challenge all our partners to celebrate their downtowns by sponsoring events, activities, festivals, parades, business promotions, restaurant deals, or a combination of a few activities to highlight the best of their downtowns. The sky’s the limit!

Tell us you are celebrating

And as a part of our celebration, we want to help promote all of your planned events being schedueld for this week. Whether these events are planned especially for DDW or not, we know its a special time for all Hoosiers to visit their downtowns. The possibilities are endless! You don’t have to plan anything big or expensive to celebrate your downtown. Transform regular activities such as a farmers market into a downtown themed event. Indiana loves celebrating and showcasing all of the great things that make us Hoosiers! Start making a list and we will release more information on how we will collect these events later this spring.

Grant Opportunity

Downtown Development Week is an excellent opportunity to showcase all of the positive activities and investments that are happening in your downtown!  Focus on activities that celebrate your community’s unique downtown heritage as well as acknowledging and supporting all the businesses and services that are an integral part of your downtown. 
To help with your DDW event or activity, the Office of Community and Rural Affairs will be awarding no more than five DDW promotion grants of $1,000 per event or activity.  The event MUST take place the week of October 7 – 12, 2019, in your community’s downtown area and be open to the public. Applications are now being accepted through June 7, 2019.
Eligible applicants, sponsoring an event/activity, include:
  • Local units of government
  • Indiana Main Street organizations 
  • Community groups or organizations 

Before you apply, please read this document throughly. Questions should be directed to your OCRA Community LiaisonPlease note: grantees awarded a DDW grant in 2018, are not eligible to apply in 2019.

How to Apply 
Applications must be received via SurveyMonkey by 4 p.m. (ET) Friday, June 7, 2019.  Late applications are not accepted.  

Awards will be announced on Friday, June 27, 2019. Questions should be directed to your OCRA Community Liaison.

Grant instructions, idea, tips and best practices can be found here.  DO NOT submit your grant application prior to reading all instructions.  A Line Item Budget sheet is a required attachment to include. 

Please contact us if you have any questions about Downtown Development Week.

2018 Grants
In July 2018, OCRA announced that five projects were selected, from 24 submitted applications, to receive a $1,000 grant to fund planned celebrations during this week.

City of Decatur
To celebrate Downtown Development Week, the city will highlighted recent investments in their downtown that includes: renovations, new streetscapes, upgraded facades, new street lights and a new festival plaza.

City of Fairmount
Main Street Fairmount will host a three-day event celebrating the completion of the first phase of their Main Street Revitalization Program grant. The event will recognize and celebrate the partnership between the Town of Fairmount and Main Street Fairmount along with celebrating businesses, service and veterans organizations and individuals who have supported downtown Fairmount.

City of Greenfield, and the Town of Fortville
Greenfield Main Street Inc. and Fortville Action Inc. are partnering to host scavenger hunts in each community throughout the week. Both scavenger hunts will incorporate each community’s unique history and cultural features. 

City of Kendallville
Experience the Heart of Kendallville will be hosting various activities during Downtown Development Week to include storefront window decorating contest and a downtown celebration.

City of Madison
The Madison Main Street Program will have a week of action-packed events for community members and visitors to learn and appreciate downtown Madison’s history and architecture.  Events include a window display contest, special menus at downtown restaurants, a pumpkin carving contest as well, as a Micro-Mini-Marathon, which encourages people to dress in costume.

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