Main Street

Facade Grants and Other Funding for your Historic Building

Main Street America Program funds

NC Main Street Center offers funding for historic buildings if the building qualifies.  

Main Street Solutions Fund
Owners of buildings that are currently not in use, are in need of structural or infrastructure upgrades, are on the historic register in the Municipal Service District, and whose future use will provide full-time jobs can apply for this fund. The funding is based on the number of full-times jobs created by the new business that will open within the renovated building once the project is complete. Each new full-time job that is created once the renovations are done, awards the investor with $25,000 in funds, with a cap of $200,000 *.  To learn more, visit

To Apply
Please contact Elkin's Main Street Manager if you are interested in applying.

*Availability timeline to apply to this fund will be in June 2018, and may only offer limited available funding. 


Main Street Advisory Board grants

Being in the downtown within the Municipal Tax District (MSD) has some wonderful benefits. Although this is a small tax collected from the building owners in the district each year, the funds are reinvested by the Main Street Advisory Board to make improvements that benefit the downtown. One of these investments is the facade grant program. This year, the board is also offering a grant for one mural project:

Facade Grants

If you are interested in updating the facade of your building, you may apply for a facade grant through the Main Street Advisory Board.  Each year, they offer a matching grant for beautification of buildings, to include painting, repairing rotted window sills, general repair work, addition of awnings, etc.  

If you need a design or color recommendation for your building's facade, the Main Street Program offers a free design service as well.  

For 2017/2018 fiscal year, the Board is offering numerous grants:

3 - $1000 (50/50) matching grants  
2 - $500 (50/50) matching grants
1 - $1000 (50/50) matching grant for a downtown mural project.  
The Board will match 50/50 up to that amount in restoration work or improvements to your building. Restorations to historic buildings must comply with historic preservation standards.  Applications must be submitted no later than April 2018 and projects must be completed to the MSAB's satisfaction and reimbursement paperwork submitted by June 1, 2018.
To Apply
If you are interested in any of these grants or assistance with the design service, please contact Laura Gaylord, Main Street & Community Manager at 336-794-6469, email  Or, download the form below for a Facade Grant Application:
Download the application for the facade grants here:

Town of Elkin "E3" micro loan funding for small businesses

The Town of Elkin is working together with the NC Rural Center to offer micro loans to small businesses located in Elkin. The program is called Energizing Elkin Entrepreneurs (also known as "E3"). The first round is specifically focused on downtown businesses, however if you are a business in Elkin outside of the downtown area, please let us know if you are interested. 
The program has been in effect since 2017. Most loans offered by banks may have a minimum requirement that may be more than you need.  If you are looking for smaller loan amounts, then this program will be a good match for your business marketing needs, expansion, inventory, etc. The program also offers a full-service support team for your new venture.  

To Apply

If interested contact the Town of Elkin Economic Department:

Leslie Schlender (Economic Development Director) at 336-794-6468
Laura Gaylord (Main Street and Community Manager) at 336-794-6469 

Mailing Address

Post Office Box 857 Elkin, North Carolina 28621

Street Address

226 North Bridge Street Elkin, North Carolina 28621