Montana Main Street Membership

Before a community can be considered for membership in the statewide program, Montana Main Street (MMS) staff should be invited by community leaders and stakeholders to provide a program overview presentation - "Main Street 101". Before pursuing membership, a community should solidify its local partnerships. Please include a wide range of participants with a vested interest in the downtown core and community. Once accepted into the MMS (MMS) Program, communities are considered a member community and part of MMS. Communities interested in national recognition with Main Street America are encouraged to contact the MMS coordinator for more information.

Membership applications are reviewed annually in the spring; communities are selected prior to the next year. Submitted applications and supporting materials will be evaluated by a review committee. Acceptance into the MMS Program is competitive; based on community preparedness as well as resource availability at the state level, not every community that applies will be invited to join at the time of application. MMS staff are available to assist interested communities throughout the application process and can provide guidance to those communities not accepted into the program.

Member Steps to Demonstrate and/or Complete 

  • A vision and direction for downtown revitalization
  • Community visit by MMS staff
  • Established support and participation of local government
  • A volunteer base
  • Submit quarterly statistics
  • Detailed work plans
  • Utilize Main Street Approach
  • Budget