Buffalo Main Street

Buffalo Main Streets Initiative

Revitalizing Buffalo's Main Streets


The Buffalo Main Street Initiative was modeled on HCR's New York Main Street program and is part of the Buffalo Billion's Better Buffalo Fund. The Better Buffalo Fund dedicated $40 million to support projects that enhance the development of vibrant mixed-use neighborhoods, encourage density and growth along transportation corridors, and revitalize commercial corridors in the City of Buffalo. HCR has partnered with Empire State Development to administer this program. 

Forms and Documents

Program Guidelines

The BMSI promotes economic development and historic preservation through comprehensive renovation projects. BMSI funds are not intended to address only minor repairs and deferred maintenance.

Completed project applications are reviewed by an independent committee of neighborhood stakeholders and scored against an objective set of criteria based upon the design and appropriateness of each project. Feasible and eligible projects are funded based on their total score, beginning with the highest score and moving down the list until all funding is awarded.

Application materials are under the Forms section on this page. 

Tool Kit

Administrative tool kit for Buffalo Main Streets Initiative (BMSI) local program administrators.

Tool Kit