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!
- The WA Main Street rack card in English and Spanish, Main Street Approach handout, and About Main Street guide are the most frequently used documents to introduce our unique framework for preservation-based economic development to your community.
- Affiliate Facebook group Reach out to your fellow Affiliates for advice, ideas, and celebrations!
- WA Main Street directory A list of active Main Streeters in our network with contact info.
- Resource library Examples, ideas, and guides on all things Main Street. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Email Lydia!
- Governing documents: RCW 43.360 (Establishing WSMSP) and WAC 25-50 (WSMSP Rules for designated Communities)
- Shared dropbox for WA Main Streets A place to store all your great ideas, sample documents, and of course check out everyone else’s! This is a new asset we hope to grow with Affiliates and Communities.
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.
- Community Foundation for Southwest Washington
- Grays Harbor Community Foundation
- Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
- Jefferson County Community Foundation
- Kitsap County Community Foundation
- Olympic View Community Foundation
- Community Foundation of South Puget Sound
- Skagit Community Foundation
- Whatcom Community Foundation
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.
Main Street Specialist
Economic Vitality 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!