Washington Main Street Affiliate Hub

Welcome to the Washington State Main Street Affiliate Hub! This is your basecamp for your most frequently used links and resources, upcoming events, sources of funding, and more. Have fun exploring!

Your Best Friends

Print, bookmark, or save — these are the documents and web pages you likely use the most!

Upcoming Events and Offerings

  • Online series starting 10/3 – The Role of the Board Chair. A multi-part webinar provided by the Nonprofit Association of Washington. Learn more and register here.
  • Join us in Vancouver 10/4-10/6 for RevitalizeWA our annual conference! Remember that as an Affiliate you receive a 50% discount on conference registration – learn more here.

Grants and Foundations

  • Washington Trust for Historic Preservation offers the Valerie Sivinski grant annually to organizations and community groups engaged in historic preservation around our state. Newly designated Community LaCrosse used this grant on their historic rock houses and new Affiliate Ilwaco will see their historic anchor the Doupé Building. Learn more here.
  • Washington State Historical Society offers a Diversity in Local History grant to pay interns to work on telling our full history and a Heritage Capital Projects grant to support improvements to community history facilities. Learn more here.
  • Humanities WA offers the Washington Stories Fund grants annually to projects that highlight and share little-known stories of a person or group who contributed to Washington’s cultural richness. Learn more here.
  • T-Mobile partnered with Smart Growth America and Main Street America to invest big in small towns population 50,000 or less. The T-Mobile Hometown Grant Program awards up to $50,000 to each project which focuses on connecting community but can cover – technology, education, environment, health, and more. Click here to apply.
  • USDA Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas including town halls, museums, libraries, childcare centers community kitchens, community gardens, and more. Learn more here

Meet the WMS Team

As your state Main Street coordinating program team, we are excited to provide you with support, guidance, and a listening ear. Feel free to reach out by phone or email with all of your questions, concerns, ideas, and celebrations.

Breanne Durham
WMS Director

Jonelle McCoy
Main Street Specialist

Lydia Felty
Resources Coordinator

Luke Hallowell
Economic Vitality Specialist

Michelle Thompson
Design Specialist

Focuses on designated Communities. As an Affiliate, you may not be reaching out to Breanne much, but you’ll certainly see her at events and trainings for the whole network.

Your primary point of contact for everything from general questions about Main Street to best practices for working with your board, businesses, and volunteers. Also available for venting, processing, and celebrating wins!

Wondering how other Main Streets have tackled a specific issue or looking for placemaking research? Questions about the planning grants, upcoming events or trainings? Lydia’s your gal!

Economic Vitality guru extraordinaire! Reach out to Luke about all things EV — resources, support, data analysis, and more — as well as the Economic Vitality Planning Grants.

Michelle is the Certified Local Government Coordinator for the state Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation (WMS is a program of DAHP). Reach out to Michelle with your design and CLG questions!  

Email Breanne

Email Jonelle

Email Lydia

Email Luke

Email Michelle