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The Texas Main Street Program provides technical assistance, resources and other support for preservation and revitalization of downtown areas in designated Main Street communities.
DowntownTX.org is an online building database for local governments to attract entrepreneurs and investors.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers a range of Community Development Resources from downtown revitalization support to rural tourism guidance.
The Small Town and Rural Design Guide offers best practices for the design and construction of pedestrian and bicycle facilities in small towns and rural communities.
The Citizen’s Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) shares resources for rural communities through annual community design workshops, webinars, and a Resource Guide for Rural Planning and Design.
Smart Growth America released (Re)Building Downtown: A Guidebook for Revitalization to inspire local communities to take action in creating and maintaining vibrant downtown spaces.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) maintains a number of Rural Housing Resources for funding, technical assistance other support.
The Every Place Counts Leadership Academy from the U.S. Department of Transportation gives tools for community members to influence the transportation decision-making process.
The Texas Historical Commission manages the Town Square Initiative to provide professional services to communities to tackle challenges of underutilized downtown historic buildings.
The Certified Local Government Program of the Texas Historical Commission works with communities that have a dedicated preservation program, offering both grants and resources.
The Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program of the Texas Historical Commission funds the restoration of the State’s older courthouses.
The Houston-Galveston Area Council prepared a set of regional, state and national Historic Preservation Resources.
Google’s Get Your Business Online initiative helps small and local companies grow their online presence for free
The USDA maintains a searchable Rural Federal Funding Database that spans multiple departments and agencies and also offers A Guide to Funding Resources for smaller rural communities.
Grants.gov provides a clearinghouse of all available grant opportunities from the federal government.
The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) maintains a list of federal grant opportunities available domestically.
Houston-Galveston Area Council