St. Francisville Main Street, part of the Louisiana Main Street program, is soliciting Redevelopment Incentive Grant applications from downtown commercial building and business owners.

The Louisiana Main Street program is offering three types of competitive grants — $10,000 in funding for major projects totaling a minimum of $20,000; a $2,500 grant for minor projects totaling a minimum of $5,000; and, new this year, $500 grants for projects totaling $1,000 in exterior repairs only.

The larger grants are available for interior as well as exterior rehabilitation work.

Louisiana Main Street is a community-driven revitalization program designed to promote the historic and economic redevelopment of traditional commercial districts throughout the state.

The Main Street program improves all aspects of downtown, producing both tangible and intangible benefits, said Laurie Walsh, director of the St. Francisville program.

“Strengthening public participation, improving economic management and making downtown a fun place to visit are as critical to Main Street’s future as recruiting new businesses and rehabilitating buildings,” Walsh said.

In the past 15 years, the local program has received nearly $110,255 in redevelopment grant monies from the state program, initiating just over $5 million in local projects resulting in jobs as well as economic stimulation, Walsh said.

Applications submitted to the local program will compete statewide with other Main Street communities for funding.

To be eligible, 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, and conform to the guidelines set forth by the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.

All grant applications must be submitted to the St. Francisville Main Street office, 11757 Ferdinand St., by June 1.

Applications and information are available by emailing Walsh at lauriemainst@bellsouth.net or calling (225) 635-3873.