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 Main Street Award Nominations


The NC Main Street & Rural Planning Center is proud to present the annual NC Main Street Awards competition, recognizing the hard work, dedication and success of our NC Main Street communities and their achievements in the Four Points of the Main Street Approach to downtown revitalization: Economic Vitality, Design, Promotion, and Organization.

Entry Deadline:

  • September 26, 2024  |  5pm

Awards Ceremony:

  • March 12, 2025  |  TBD


  • Any active NC Main Street community that met the statistics deadline for the most recent fiscal year

  • Projects must have been completed within the past two years of the submission date.


  • Each community may submit up to five nominations for downtown district projects.

  • A project may be entered in only one category.

  • The jury reserves the right to move an entry to a different category, if they feel there is a more appropriate fit.

  • The jury reserves the right to withhold an award in any category or to designate more than one winner if they deem appropriate.

  • Any previously nominated project that did not receive an award and still meets the two-year time limit may be resubmitted.

  • IMPORTANT:  All award-winning projects must respect the key architectural features and finishes of a building – regardless of the submission category or if the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places or as a contributing property in a National Register District.  The NC Main Street Awards represent the best examples of economic development within the context of historic preservation and are used to represent best practices of the program long beyond the Main Street Awards ceremony.  The NC Main Street & Rural Planning Center is not at liberty to recognize projects that do not meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation, irrespective of whether or not the historic preservation tax incentives are used as a funding mechanism to complete the project.

  • All materials will become property of the NC Main Street and Rural Planning Center.

  • Nominations must include the Main Street Director’s electronic signature. By signing the online submission, the Main Street Director acknowledges the submission is on behalf of their town/board of directors.


Local Directors/Coordinators, please follow these easy steps to submit your nomination!

  1. Click HERE to download the Award Nomination Information and Working Copy Document.  You will prepare your award nomination on this word document.

  2. Click HERE to download the budget document that you must include in your online submission.

  3. Prepare your photos - make sure you follow the instructions. Resolution is VITALLY important. If your submission wins an award, low quality images will not project well on the screen.

  4. Prepare your photo script - make sure you follow the instructions carefully.

  5. Obtain a map of your downtown and identify on the map where the project took place IN YOUR DOWNTOWN.

  6. Write your submission on the word document form.

  7. Get someone to proof your submission.

  8. Copy and paste your submission in the online form below.

  9. Upload your photos and ALL required documents in the online form below.

Uploaded Documents to Include in the Online Submission:



  • Line-item project budget and total costs. If project materials were donated or in-kind, still indicate the approximate dollar value of the donation.

  • You must submit the budget on our standardized form.



  • Must submit a minimum of 10 and maximum of 20.

  • Must be High resolution, at least 1024 x 768.

  • Must Include at least one picture with people.

  • Must be free of labeling, borders, timestamps on actual photo.

  • Must show furniture in the photo, if submitting an upper story residential project,

  • Must show before and after photo for any improvements made to buildings.

  • Must be saved as numbered 1-20, followed by town name, followed by photo name.

  • 01 Goldsbor_ParkviewBuildBefore_Constr

  • 02 Goldsbor_ParkviewBuildAfter_Constr

  • 03 Edenton_VoluntTicketBooth


Photo Script:

  • Must be numbered 1-20 with photo name – MUST match up to the photos.

Downtown District Map:

  • Must show the project/event location.

PROMOTION Category Nominations:

  • Should upload files of printed/electronic promotional pieces such as brochures, rack card, newsletters, etc. If your project includes signs, banners or collateral items such as t-shirts, etc., include them as jpg photo images.


  1. After you and someone else have proofed your nomination, copy and paste the text through the nomination portal.

  2. After you and someone else have verified the required resolution of the image and the required saving format, upload the image through the nomination portal.

  3. Click on the nomination portal button below to submit your award.

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