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Becoming a Main Street Community

Becoming a Main Street

Welcome to the Indiana Main Street Application Process. We are very excited that your community is considering Indiana Main Street as a resource to help revitalize your historic downtown commercial district!

Get started here:

2022 – 2023 Application Process

New communities interested in applying to become an Indiana Main Street (IMS) community will apply for the OCRA’s Downtown Affiliate Network (ODAN) level. This is the starting level for all new communities. Communities that may have been an IMS community in the past and are looking to return, will also apply for the ODAN level.

Existing ODAN communities can apply for the Aspiring IAMS 1-year Program if they’ve been an ODAN for at least one full year.

Existing Indiana Accredited Main Street (IAMS) communities looking to graduate to Nationally Accredited Main Street (NAMS) should return for the 2023-2024 Application Process. NAMS applications will not be open this application year.

ODAN Level Application Process:

Applicants interested in becoming a member of OCRA’s Downtown Affiliate Network (ODAN) are qualified as those working to build capacity to execute the Main Street Four Point Approach, or groups who prefer to specialize in event-related activities only. Members of ODAN may also be those who are working the Main Street Four Point Approach but do not meet the qualification for OCRA’s definition of Historic Preservation Ethic and/or Fabric.

  • Click here for the ODAN Applicant Process 2022-2023.
  • Click here for ODAN Foundational Requirements and Criterion.
  • Click here for ODAN Sample Letter of Intent to Apply.
ASPIRING IAMS 1-YEAR PROGRAM:

Applicants interested in participating in the Aspiring IAMS 1-year Program are qualified as those with capacity or working to build capacity to execute the Main Street Four Point Approach, Baseline Requirements and Indiana Accredited Main Street Standards. They must be a current member of OCRA’s Downtown Affiliate Network (ODAN).

  • Click here for the Aspiring IAMS 1-year Program 2022-2023.
  • Click here for the Aspiring IAMS Baseline Requirements, Accreditation standards, and Self-Assessment Tool.
  • Click here for the Aspiring IAMS Letter of Intent to Apply.

If you have any questions, please contact your Community Liaison.

Click here to view the Main Street 101 handouts.