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Small Town Main Street Award Nominations


Entry Deadline:

  • September 26, 2024  |  5pm


​Awards Ceremony:

  • March 12, 2025  |  TBD


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.


  • 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.

  • 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 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 word document to prepare for your online submission.

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

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

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

  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 below.

  9. 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.

  • 01_Warrenton_TownHall_BeforeConstr

  • 02_Warrenton_TownHall_BeforeConstr

  • 03_Hayesville_Volunteers


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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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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