Mini Grant Program

SPRING 2014 Matching Mini Grant Program

2013 AMS Mini Grant Project Dorey Design GroupAlberta Main Street is pleased to offer matching mini grants to Alberta Street businesses and commercial property owners. Grants range from $500 – $2,500 and require a minimum dollar for dollar match. The Portland Main Street District Improvement Grant provides funding for the Mini Grant Program.

Mini Grant Documents & Resources
Program Information and Timeline (PDF)
2014 Concept Paper (PDF) – Due by 5PM on February 14, 2013
Budget Template (PDF)
Budget Template (.xlxs)
Portland Main Street Design Handbook (PDF)
Information Meeting Presentation (PDF)
Additional Resources & Links (Encroachment Permits, Sign Code, Art Bike Racks, Street Trees and more)

Mini Grant Informational Meeting
tree photoInterested applicants are required to send a representative to one of the following informational meetings. Both meetings will take place at the Alberta Main Street office (1722 NE Alberta Street). Please email Nancy Messinger at to confirm attendance.
Grant Information Meeting I:
January 28, 2014, 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Grant Information Meeting II:
January 29, 2014 9:30-10:30 AM

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Subject to the availability of funding, the Mini Grant Program will offer matching funds to business and commercial property owners in the Alberta Main Street program area to improve the look and feel of NE Alberta Street. Mini grants must be used for improvements visible from the public way.

The Design Committee of Alberta Main Street administers the Mini Grant Program.  The focus of the mini grant program is to help accomplish some of the goals in our District Design Plan.

The goal of Alberta Main Street is to strengthen our business district, not to gentrify it or change it into a different place. Alberta Main Street encourages improvements which create a unique and attractive image for each business while respecting the original design parameters of its facade as well as those of its neighbors. Finally, while Alberta Main Street values high design standards and creativity, it also encourages solutions which achieve these goals affordably so that business and property owners are benefited rather than burdened by the revitalization process.