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Build your dream in downtown Dubuque

Dubuque Main Street is in the business of helping make your dream come true. Artists, entrepreneurs, creatives, and small business owners are all welcome here. We have the toolbox ready for you.

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Voices Studio

Pictured above, the Voices Studio is one example of how an art ecosystem is taking shape along the Central Avenue corridor in downtown Dubuque. Voices Productions has acquired a new home at 1585 Central Ave. With Dubuque Main Street's help, Main Street Iowa awarded this project a $100,000 Challenge Grant to help stimulate revitalization and community building through creative placemaking. Learn more about Voices Studio.


City of Dubuque

Arts & Culture

Since 2005, the City of Dubuque has awarded over $4.1 million to Dubuque-based arts and culture organizations and creative projects that reach thousands of Dubuque adults and children each year while enhancing the vibrancy and vitality of our community.


City of Dubuque

Programs & Incentives

The City of Dubuque offers a variety of resources to homeowners, commercial property owners, and rental property owners. See the list below or use the incentives map to learn more about these programs and to determine your property’s eligibility.

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Dubuque Main Street Grants

Dubuque Main Street (DMS) is proud to offer the following grants in 2023:

Facade Grant: Match up to $2,500

For signage, paint, or overall historic preservation of the front of your building.

Retail Build-Out Grant:

Match up to $25,000 for the build out of your retail space.

SWAP Grant with Dubuque County: Match up to $10,000 for the historic renovation of your building, including upper floor housing.



Economic Development Authority

The Iowa Economic Development Authority's (IEDA) mission is to strengthen economic and community vitality by building partnerships and leveraging resources to make Iowa the choice for people and business. Through two main divisions – business development and community development – IEDA administers several state and federal programs to meet its goals of assisting individuals, communities and businesses.

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