Downtown Delaware

Downtown Delaware, a Main Street America Coordinating Programis the downtown revitalization resource center within the Division of Small Business, Development, and Tourism (formerly the Delaware Economic Development Office - DEDO) a division of the Delaware Secretary of State.


The resource center focuses on downtown revitalization opportunities and strategies, with particular emphasis on business development, vacancy reduction, and proactive planning for selection and placement of retail goods and services in commercial business districts throughout the state. Downtown Delaware’s work aligns fully with the four key areas Main Streets have been successfully using as a guiding framework for over 35 years:  Economic Vitality, Promotion, Design, and Organization, known collectively as the “Main Street Four Points”.


As a Main Street AmericaTM Coordinating Program, Downtown Delaware is part of a powerful, grassroots network consisting of 45 Coordinating Programs and over 1600 neighborhoods and communities across the country committed to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.  Learn more about Main Street America.  The mission of the Downtown Delaware resource center is to provide Delaware's historic downtowns, communities, and small businesses with tools to revitalize their commercial districts, increase entrepreneurism and innovation, and enhance quality of place.

Job Opportunties:

 The Downtown Dover Partnership (Dover, Delaware) is seeking an Executive Director.  Download application here.

Join us for the Launch of Unlock the Block in downtown Dover!  

April 9, 1 p.m.

204 West Loockerman Street


Neighborhood Building Blocks Fund (NBBF) 

The Neighborhood Building Blocks Fund is intended to support crime reduction, neighborhood revitalization, and economic development programs statewide, with special emphasis on programs in and around Downtown Development Districts (DDD) and in Delaware's high crime communities. To infuse necessary funding into our hardest hit communities as promptly as possible, requests for grants should be submitted on the "Neighborhood Building Blocks Fund Application."  

Download the 2017 application here.  

Press Release (10/25/17)

Please note that if you are applying with a partner organization, you must complete both the Application and the "Partner Attachment."

Completed Applications should be postmarked or hand-delivered to the address indicated on the application on or before December 20, 2017.