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. 


  • Image of a possible exterior paint scheme for the Fabrication Studios.

    Operation Phoenix Rising

    Enriching the Uptown Butte community with greater access to interdisciplinary education, sustainable food resources, small business incubation & public art production.

    NEEDS: $0 of 4,920 + Volunteers
  • Pop Up Bike Racks

    Pop Up Bike Racks can be placed in various locations for community events and for crowds or pop-up events. The racks may be used by the community to promote biking at various events. 


    NEEDS: $0 of 3,050