In 2016, the National Main Street Center (NMSC) and Project for Public Spaces (PPS) launched Cultivating Place in Main Street Communities, a series of two-day trainings aimed at helping Main Street communities revitalize their downtowns using placemaking—a citizen-led process that helps activate downtowns and community gathering places. NMSC and PPS piloted this training program for Main Street communities in five states: Alabama, Connecticut, Missouri, Montana, and Oregon.

In 2017, NMSC is partnering with the national, nonprofit crowdfunding platform ioby to offer matching funds, training, and one-on-one fundraising coaching to Main Street communities in those five pilot states who are ready to implement placemaking projects. Crowdfunding on ioby allows project leaders to raise funds, cultivate a local donor base, find volunteers, and build visibility for their project, all with one-on-one support and training from ioby staff.


  • Donations to the projects below will be doubled in real-time! For example, if you make a $50 donation, the project will receive $100.
  • Each donation will be matched up to the first $250 of a donation. 
  • The progress bar "Raised So Far" includes the total amount in donations and matching funds that have been awarded to the project.
  • Donations will be matched until June 1st, 2017, or until the $1,500 in match funding has been applied to the project, whichever comes first. 


  • Lee's Summit Downtown Movie Night

    Downtown Movie Nights

    Downtown Lee’s Summit is hoping to host 3 outdoor movie nights this summer. The money raised will help purchase the supplies to start the event. We need the community’s help to make movie nights possible!

    NEEDS: $0 of 5,185 + Volunteers
  • Dark storefronts- Meridian Street

    Light Up New London!

    "Light up New London!" will create a positive perception of downtown New London by working with store owners and property owners to install LED lights inside storefront windows.

    NEEDS: $0 of 3,415 + Volunteers
  • Picture of the old wall that is unsound.

    I Heart Heflin Music Park Mural

    The I Heart Heflin Music Park Mural will create an interactive area to welcome citzens and visitors to this new gathering space in the central Main Street area known as I Heart Heflin Music Park.

    NEEDS: $0 of 9,050
  • Tulotoma Snail Trail

    The Tulotoma Snail Trail will be the primary placemaking piece in a series of art history sculptures, murals and storytelling stations to help revitalize and improve the downtown Wetumpka experience.

    NEEDS: $0 of 11,000 + Volunteers
  • SE 1st St. Parking Lot Tree Replacement

    We will place nine non-fruiting trees with root barriers and an irrigation system along the parking lot on SE 1st St. and Dorion, across the street from the Wells Fargo drive through ATM.

    NEEDS: $0 of 3,125
  • Bandon's Public Parklet Project

    Bandon is already the best city on the coast, but what could make it even better? Parklets!

    NEEDS: $0 of 3,125 + Volunteers
  • East Lake Logo Wall

    East Lake Station Courtyard

    East Lake is creating a community gathering space in its image - Vibrant, Eclectic and Inclusive - and we need your help!

    NEEDS: $0 of 846
  • Limestone County, AL Courthouse

    Sit a "Spell" on Our Front Porch

    We will place rocking chairs around downtown to encourage visitors to Sit a 'Spell and enjoy what our downtown has to offer. 

    NEEDS: $0 of 3,125 + Volunteers
  • Higganum Mucket

    Bringing Higganum Muckets to Life

    Join us in memorializing the mucket, a strange and elusive fish that only resides in Higganum waters, by creating statues to be placed at landmarks locations within our Village. 

    NEEDS: $0 of 3,160
  • A design mock up or our parklet

    Lewistown Parklet

    The project involves the design, construction, and placement of a parklet within the Central Business District of downtown Lewistown, Montana. Installed within one, or possibly two, parallel parking spaces.

    NEEDS: $0 of 3,050