Participating Projects


Back to Main Street Challenge


Our Vision

What Is It?

The Back to Main Street Challenge program is a crowdfunding challenge available in Boston's 20 neighborhood commercial districts. The program is open to residents, community groups and others with projects to improve their Main Street District.

How It Works:

1. Submit your ideas for your Main Street District using this form before September 8th, 2017 at midnight.
2. Patronicity vets projects and submits viable ideas to Main Street Directors for consideration.
3. Directors submit to BMSF Board for approval.
4. Selected Projects will have up to 30 days to crowdfund up to $5,000 in matching funds through

For projects seeking to crowdfund more than $5,000, please see the Commonwealth Places program provided by MassDevelopment offering as much as $50,000 in matching grants per project.

Sample Projects Include:

Farmers Markets, Movie Series and other Recurring Events Series, Public Plaza & Green Space Development or improvement. Main Street Improvement Projects, Pop-Up Retail Spaces, Storefront/Facade Improvements etc.

For Questions: Please Call 617-750-6008 OR

Download Overview Document          Suggest Your Idea

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What is CrowdGranting?


CrowdGranting is a broad based, low dollar fundraising effort used to leverage a sponsor's matching grant.

Through this program created by Boston Main Streets Foundation and Patronicity, approved projects in the Main Streets areas throughout the City of Boston that crowdfund half of the cost of their project will receive matching funds to help make it happen.

CrowdGranting takes the place of review committees and the traditional grant process by allowing members of the community to vote with their dollars on what kinds of projects they would like to see. CrowdGranting projects activate neighbors and supporters locally, as well as worldwide, to support and bring attention to new community amenities.

Do you have a great project that deserves a boost from CrowdGranting? Click the "LEARN MORE" tab for details.