Helping our Main Street members create customized success.
Residents and local officials gather for a charrette, made possible in part by a CMSC POP grant.

Residents, local officials, and Simsbury Main Street Partnership members gather for a town charrette, made possible in part by a CMSC POP grant.

The Preservation of Place (POP) Grant Program is a technical assistance grant program, administered by CMSC and funded through the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) using resources from the Community Investment Act (CIA). This program provides our communities with targeted resources to increase their capacity to plan for the preservation and revitalization of their historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts.

Applying for a POP Grant
Only CMSC members in good standing are eligible to apply for the POP grant program. Each fall, CMSC invites its members to submit a pre-application informing CMSC how they would utilize the POP grant. CMSC then reviews each pre-application and invites the strongest applicants to move forward with a full application. The entries are rated and ranked by a jury of industry-related peers who then select the grantees in late December. POP grant recipients are announced via a press release in late December/early January.

Click here to view a PowerPoint presentation explaining the Preservation of Place grant and the 2016 funding round. For questions or more information, contact Kimberley Parsons-Whitaker at

Preservation of Place Grant Recipients
Since 2008, our POP grant recipients have cumulatively leveraged over a million dollars to preserve and revitalize their Main Streets. Click here to read about these significant initiatives.