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Click on the image to the right for a full breakdown of local, state, and national resources for Main Street businesses. 


Main Street Iowa Challenge Grant

Main Street Fort Dodge Grant Nomination Process Applications currently closed Main Street Iowa and the Iowa Economic Development Authority has announced the availability of Main Street Iowa Challenge Grants to be made available in the fall 2018. This funding is provided from a state appropriation for the Main Street Iowa Program to assist with improving the physical and economic health of the designated Main Street districts. This state appropriation will all¬ow Main Street Iowa to offer matching Challenge Grants to participating communities for vertical infrastructure projects. All Iowa Main Street districts, including main Street Fort Dodge, are eligible for the Main Street Challenge Grant funds. Main Street Fort Dodge may apply on behalf of ONE project. Eligible projects must be within our district boundary. State awards will be dispersed to chosen beneficiaries by the local Main Street district organization. Click the link above. Contact Main Street Fort Dodge: email Kris Patrick, Executive Director at or call the office at 515.573.3172

Main Street Iowa Technical Assistance  

Contact Main Street Fort Dodge: email Kris Patrick, Executive Director at or call the office at 515.573.3172 Design & Business assistance is provided to downtown property owners and tenants as a free service through the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Main Street Iowa program. The Design Specialists will provide design recommendations and develop conceptual renderings for each proposed project. The Business Specialist will provide economic development assistance as well as one-on-one business consultations. Main Street Iowa Design Assistance Form

Market Analysis  

Learn more about our existing business mix, customer demographics, and housing trends. This information can be helpful when planning a new business or developing a marketing campaign. Contact Kris Patrick for more information or assistance with interpreting the data: or call the office at 515.573.3172

One-on-One Consultations  

Have questions for Main Street? Sign up for a one-on-one consultation with Main Street Executive Director, Kris Patrick. She can share her knowledge and experience gained from Main Street America Training, workshops and continued training to help your district business grow. First come, first serve basis. Contact Main Street Fort Dodge: email Kris Patrick, Executive Director at or call the office at 515.573.3172

Open 4 Business  

CLOSED UNTIL 2022. Main Street Iowa is excited to offer this program to help encourage business development efforts in Iowa’s Main Street districts around the state! Sustainable businesses that will grow and thrive is the desired outcome! The OPEN 4 BUSINESS competition is a chance for businesses within the Downtown Fort Dodge district to compete for up to $28,000 to support their business development. If you are interested in learning more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Kris Patrick at the Main Street Fort Dodge office: or call 515.573.3172.

Marketing Flyer

Competition Guidelines

Contest Rules

Scoring Criteria

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