Grants Allow Businesses to Spruce Up Shop

Staff Report

Any Main Street business owners wishing to spruce up their interiors or exteriors can apply for a Main Street Restoration Grant.

Minden Main Street Director Mahala Hutto says the Louisiana Main Street program offers grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000.

“Applications received from Minden Main Street building and/or business owners will compete statewide for funding with other Main Street communities,” Hutto said. “Over the years, Minden Main Street has received numerous redevelopment grants from the Louisiana Main Street program, initiating many local projects, plus associated jobs and economic stimulation.”

To be eligible for Main Street Restoration Grant funds, a building must be located within the downtown Main Street district, be used for commercial purposes and be at least 50 years old.

“In addition, the proposed work must be approved by the local Historic District Commission and the Louisiana Main Street office, while also conforming to the guidelines set forth by the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation,” Hutto said.

The Main Street Restoration Grant applications, details and deadlines are available from Mahala Hutto, Mainstreet Director, 318-371-4258 or

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