Facade Grant Funds Available

We are excited to provide a financial incentive to Route 66 Main Street merchants and property owners to improve the exterior of their buildings while retaining the historic character of the district!

Tulsa Route 66 Main Street is offering a Façade Grant Program, matching the investment you make on the exterior of your property dollar-for-dollar. For 2017, we have 3 grants available, matching your investment up to $1,000.

Application Deadline:

February 28th, 2017

Notification of Award:

No later than March 31, 2017

Project Completion:

Projects must be completed and receipts for reimbursement must be submitted no later than December 1st, 2017

Click here to download the application: r66ms-facade-grant-application

Eligible Improvements

  • Masonry or mortar joint repair
  • Window or door repair/replacement
  • Transom and window repair/replacement
  • Replacement of architectural details
  • Removing non-historic materials (siding that covers windows, bricked-over door openings, removing paint from brick, etc.)
  • Exterior painting (except for applying paint to unpainted brick)
  • Repair, replacement or addition of awnings
  • Exterior lighting and signage
  • Other improvements may qualify on a case-by-case basis. Contact R66MS for more advice.


  1. Submit an application to R66MS before starting work.
  2. R66MS will notify grant winners no later than March 31.
  3. Make the façade improvements as outlined in your application and submit paid receipts by December 1st.
  4. R66MS will reimburse you for 50% of your expenditures up to the grant award amount (max $1,000).

PROGRAM RULESr66ms-service-area

  • The building must be located within the boundaries of Route 66 Main Street’s program area (see map).
  • Only commercial properties are eligible.
  • Your application must be submitted and approved Before beginning work. Grants are not awarded for work done prior to approval.
  • An eligible façade is defined as an individual storefront or side of a building that faces a public street. Separate addresses within a single building may qualify as separate facades.
  • Once the project is completed, submit paid receipts for the improvements. R66MS will verify that the work was done according to the approved project plans before reimbursing funds.


All decisions and award amounts are made according to the merit of individual projects with the overall goal of maximizing R66MS’s investment. Applications which meet the following criteria will be given special consideration:

  • Lasting Improvement – High quality improvements that will be durable for years.
  • High Visual Impact – Does the work make a dramatic difference in the district?
  • Historic/Architectural Integrity – Projects that keep/return a building to its historic appearance will be given special consideration. Grants will not be awarded to projects that cover, damage or remove original architectural detailing.


The Season of Giving


It is that time of the year when we invite our community partners to renew their investment in Route 66 Main Street. This year, we have strengthened our alignment with the National Main Street Center’s Four-Point Approach to Revitalization. By centering our work around these four pillars (Organization, Promotion, Design and Economic Vitality) this historic district will undoubtedly see beautification, image enhancement, vibrant community events and business development. We invite you to join us in our revitalization efforts by making a gift to Route 66 Main Street this season.Continue reading “The Season of Giving”

Simple Steps to Starting Your Business Starts March 22nd

Presented by SCORE Tulsa, this 5-part series will help you refine your business concept and assess whether entrepreneurship is right for you. Participants are provided mentorship opportunities outside of class and eligible participants may qualify for a $1,000 grant or be pre-approved for a loan up to $25,000 from the Tulsa Economic Development Corporation to help launch their business concepts.



Classes are free but registration is required:

Eventbrite - Simple Steps for Starting Your Business

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Lunch & Learn with SCORE Tulsa

Tulsa Route 66 Main Street & the Southwest Tulsa Chamber are pleased to kick off our Small Business Engine: Micro-Enterprise Development Program with a “Lunch & Learn” series.

Join us at 11:30am on February 9th to hear from SCORE Tulsa representatives about their efforts to bolster entrepreneurship in Tulsa and learn about their workshop series coming to Southwest Tulsa in March. Located at the OSU Center for Health Sciences’ Founders Hall. Bring your own lunch or request a lunch in advance ($10).

Registration and more information can be found here.

Meet Our New Director

Jessica Brent, Executive Director

Tulsa Route 66 Main Street has selected Jessica Brent to serve as executive director.

“We are excited to be able to bring on board someone with Jessica’s background and experience,” said President Andrew Haar.

Brent is a former Mobility Management Coordinator at INCOG and earned a master’s degree in Architectural Urban Studies from the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa. She is a skilled community organizer and communicator with a passion for event planning and visual media. Some of her previous projects, such as Sidewalk Stories, have helped bring awareness and action to urban design issues in Tulsa.

Jessica Brent is excited to harness the enthusiasm locals have for Tulsa’s westside to continue growing the Route 66 corridor.