A training grant worth $23,500 has been awarded to Monett through the Main Street program to help downtown revitalization.
The grant application was the last project completed by D.J. Miller, who served as Monett's downtown coordinator. The grant covers a two-year period and requires a $9,400 or 40 percent match.
According to Monett City Administrator Dennis Pyle, the match has been provided through the Main Street partnership between the city, the Monett Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Betterment Group.
The grant comes through Missouri Main Street Connection, the statewide coordinating organization for the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Main Street program in Missouri. The organization is under contract to administer the Missouri Main Street program.
The purpose of the grant is to implement a comprehensive approach to downtown revitalization. Aids from Missouri Main Street Connection will help develop a written work plan for the local Main Street program and establish a broad-based organizational team.
The team will have committees relating to organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring.
Two on-site service visits will take place annually.
Notification that the grant had been awarded was received on July 26. The acceptance letter stated a start-up consultation will be held in September.