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 $150,000 annually. The average budget in Georgia for a Main Street program’s operations is $338,000 annually. This includes funding for staff salaries, benefits training and more.
The following chart illustrates the typical sources of income and expenses for a local Main Street program.
Most local Main Street programs are responsible for raising their own funds for projects, programs and in some cases daily 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/fundraising events or contracts to provide services).