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The NC Main Street & Rural Planning Center is proud to present the annual NC Small Town Main Street Awards competition, recognizing the hard work, dedication and success of our Small Town 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:

  • October 1, 2021  |  5pm

Awards Ceremony:

  • March 9, 2022  |  Statesville​


  • Any active Small Town 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

  • Project must have taken place in downtown

Nomination Categories: (Only Choose ONE from the list)




___Economic Vitality


  • Each community may submit up to four 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

  • All construction projects must meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation

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

  • Nominations must include the Small Town Main Street Coordinator’s electronic signature. By signing the online submission, the Small Town Main Street Coordinator 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 INFORMATION PACKET.  Please read the packet carefully

  2. Click HERE to download a word document to prepare for your online submission

  3. Click HERE to download the budget document that you must be uploaded with your submission.

  4. Prepare your photos - make sure you follow the instructions

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

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

  7. Write your submission on the word document form

  8. Get someone to proof your submission

  9. Copy and paste your submission below

  10. Upload your photos and supporting documents

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

  • 1 Goldsboro Parkview Building Before Construction

  • 2 Goldsboro Parkview Building During Construction

  • 3 Edenton Volunteers at Ticket Booth


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

Online Submission


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The NC Main Street & Rural Planning Center is a Main Street America™ Coordinating Program. The Center works in regions, counties, cities, towns, downtown districts, and in designated North Carolina Main Street communities, to inspire place-making through building asset-based economic development strategies that achieve measurable results such as investment, business growth, and jobs. As a Main Street America™ Coordinating Program, The NC Main Street & Rural Planning Center is part of a powerful, grassroots network consisting of over 40 Coordinating Programs and over 1,200 neighborhoods and communities across the country committed to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development

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