Main Street Development Extension

BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota Main Streets will be receiving a face-lift thanks to block grants from the Department of Commerce.

The Community Development Block Grant program started last year, making $400,000 available to cities looking to improve or build new public infrastructure. There are left over funds from the previous year, so the window will be re-opened.

"Some people will visit a community before they decide to move there. If they look around and that it's a beautiful community, it's clean and well-maintained, that's a sign of community pride that people love their community and that they're willing to invest time and resources into caring for it," said Emily Brown, North Dakota Department of Commerce community engagement manager.

Categories for projects include building exterior aesthetics and other city beatification projects. Cities are limited to $100,000 each year, while only needing to put up 10 percent of their own funds.