GAMSA Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Who is eligible to apply for a GAMSA award?

A: The Great American Main Street Awards® competition is open to all Accredited National Main Street Programs.

Q: How do I know if my program is accredited?

A: Check the official list of National Main Street Programs

Q: Is there a cost to apply for the Great American Main Street Awards®?

A: A one-time, non-refundable, application fee of $150 is due with the submission of your Application. Payment can be made by check and sent to 53 W. Jackson, Suite 350 Chicago, IL 60604. Instructions for submitting payment are included in the online application. 

Q: How do I access the application?

A: This year the application will be submitted through Submittable and can be accessed here.

Q: Can I submit a hard copy of the application instead of submitting it online?

A: No, all  must be submitted via our online application.

Q: When is the application due?


June 12: Applications Open

July 31: Applications Close

Mid-September*: Semi-Finalists Selected and notified

May 23, 2016: Winners announced at the 2016 National Main Streets Conference in Milwaukee, WI.

*date subject to change 

Q: How will I know if my application was received?

A:  Confirmation will be sent through Submittable.  If you would like to confirm your application was received please email us.