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Business Resources

Don't go it alone! Many resources are available to support and leverage your investment in Madison's National Historic Landmark District. Scroll to learn more about façade improvements, grants, permits, & signage!

Façade Improvement & Signage

P.A.C.E. Grant

The City of Madison’s Preservation and Community Enhancement (P.A.C.E.) Grant Programs is a matching grant program which will match up to 50% of the costs up to the funding limit set for each program. The Rehabilitation Program provides a grant match of the applicant’s contribution to the maximum limit of $7,500.  The Dilapidated and Dangerous Buildings Program provides a grant match of the applicant’s contribution to the maximum limit of $25,000 for dilapidated structure’s partial demolition/rehabilitation and $10,000 for full demolition. Please see the program guidelines for instructions and all application material.

Contact Nicole Schell

Director of Planning

City of Madison, Indiana

101 W Main Street, Madison, IN 47250

(812)-274-2750

Signage

To protect the character of Madison’s historic downtown district, the City of Madison reviews all business signs attached to or painted on buildings. New or redesigned business signs are typically reviewed within 1-2 business days by city staff. Sign regulations and application can be found on the City’s website.

Contact Brooke Peach

Historic Preservationist

City of Madison, Indiana

101 W Main Street, Madison, IN 47250

(812)-274-0253

Financial Resources

Madison Main Street Program

The Business Resiliency Fund was established in April 2020 to assist downtown businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. The fund was established and is now maintained through donations to continue to provide assistance with rent or mortgage expenses during times of crisis or natural disaster to downtown businesses. For more information, contact MMSP.

Contact Austin Sims

Executive Director

Madison Main Street Program

Madison, Indiana

P.O. Box 327, Madison, IN 47250

(812)-274-0385

City of Madison​

The City of Madison's Revolving Loan Program covers micro and macro loan requests managed by Economic Development director, Matt Wirth. Madison businesses can apply for a minimum of $5,000, up to $75,000 and must demonstrate they can retain or create jobs as a result of the loan funds. 

Contact Matt Wirth

Director of Economic Development

Office of the Mayor

City of Madison, Indiana

(812)-265-8300

Riverfront Alcohol & Beverage License

The Madison City Council has determined that the creation of a Riverfront Development District, under I.C. 7.1-3-30 et.seq (Act) will help further the aims of the MABRC by removing barriers to development in 3-30 et.seq (Act) will help further the aims of the MABRC by removing barriers to development in the downtown district. Through the creation of this district, the MABRC will be able to attract additional development opportunities to the district, expand the tax base through additional development and create more opportunities for the people of Madison and Jefferson County to spend time in and enjoy the various venues present in this redeveloped district.

 

The Act permits the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission to issue liquor licenses (one, two and three-way) within the District, above the normal number granted to Madison. The MABRC believes that granting additional three-way liquor licenses within the District will enable the creation of new food and beverage businesses which will create economic opportunities in the area and will lengthen the useful life of the downtown district into the evening hours. The lack of availability of such licenses is considered to be a barrier to development.

 

Contact Austin Sims

Executive Director

Madison Main Street Program

Madison, Indiana

P.O. Box 327, Madison, IN 47250

(812)-274-0385

 

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Contact Matt Wirth

Director of Economic Development

Office of the Mayor

City of Madison, Indiana

(812)-265-8300