Carbondale Main Street is an organization dedicated to the improvement and promotion of the downtown district in Carbondale, IL. Their staff professionally runs retail promotions and events in the downtown, contracts landscaping work, and also has a grant program for businesses that improve their facades and storefronts! As a Board member, I know that significant support is needed to expand their grant program for business improvements. Currently, the grants cover up to $2,500 in expenses for exterior improvements such as signage, awnings, lighting, painting, tuckpointing, etc. It is a matching grant for local downtown businesses, and the organization also gives consulting advice from local architects, contractors, and vendors. Carbondale Main Street has been a part of the National Main Street program since 1996, and continues to build upon successes. They work tirelessly with many volunteers to bring our community together in many ways. Improving the look of downtown through their façade grant program is only one program, but makes such a difference. Stihl could be a great new partner for this organization and for this program!