Main Street Mason City Resource Center:
For Additional Information Please Contact us at 641.494.0003
Grants and funding opportunities:
Main Street Iowa Challenge Grant (Annual - deadline in September)
Eligible projects must be within the identified Main Street project area. Only the Main Street organization in participating communities may submit applications on behalf of local projects, properties and businesses. This program requires a dollar for dollar match.
- Mason City Downtown Revolving Loan Fund
- Mason City Downtown Revitalization Loan Program (DoRL)
- Mason City Urban Revitalization Tax Abatement Program
Eligible projects must be within the identified Main Street project area. Geared toward new or expanding businesses that fill a gap within the local Main Street District. Only the Main Street organization can submit an application on behalf of local businesses. Competitive applications accepted once a year. 2016 details coming in the spring.
Dream Big, Grow Here is an online business grant program designed to provide Iowans money to start or expand their current for-profit business.
Main Street Mason City Resources:
Business Management and Marketing Consultation
Business Assistance is provided to downtown property owners and tenants as a free service through the IEDA's Main Street Iowa program. The Business Specialist will provide economic development assistance as well as one-on-one business consultations.
Business Assistance Seminars and Workshops
Building Improvement Design Services
Design Assistance is provided to downtown property owners and tenants as a free service through the IEDA's Main Street Iowa program. The Design Specialist will provide design recommendations and develop conceptual renderings for each proposed project.
Blade Signs - Contact Main Street for general questions or advice
Brackets: Contact Ray Quayle (bracket fabricator) 641.421.3620
Signs: Contact LeDoux Signs (641.424.6464) or Johnson Signs (641.423.1487)
Business Relocation Assistance within Downtown District
Available Real Estate (lease or purchase) - *list is subject to change
Additional Educational Resources upon request - webinars, articles, library materials on subjects such as urban revitalization, tax credits, upper floor housing, etc. (source - National Main Street Center, SBA, and IA Source Link)
Additional Main Street Opportunities (Large Scale Projects):
Facade Program (in partnership with the City of Mason City)
Streetscape Projects (or other similar projects) - these type of projects tend to benefit all businesses/properties involved or affected