Local Program Budgets and Funding

Main Street program budgets vary according to the size of the commercial district, as well as local priorities and resources for revitalization. Additionally, regional variations in salaries also affect a local Main Street program’s budget. Depending on the district’s size, the program's budget can range from $45,000 to $100,000 annually.

The following chart illustrates the typical sources of income and expenses for a local Main Street program.

Expenses Income
  • Director's salary
  • Support staff's salary
  • Rent/utilities
  • Office supplies
  • Insurance
  • Equipment
  • PR materials
  • Professional development
  • Promotion Committee activities
  • Design Committee activities
  • E.R. Committee activities
  • City funding
  • Earned income
  • Membership
  • Fund raising
  • Corporate sponsors

Local Main Street programs raise their own funds for projects and operations. Sources of funding include the public sector (city, county, etc.) and private sources, such as business and property owners, residents, small corporate or foundation grants for projects, and earned income (from promotional/fund-raising events or contracts to provide services).