The Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) Grant encourages the development of activities and events that promote Downtown Smithfield as a destination and support the vision for Downtown Smithfield established by its citizens.

An incentive to organizations or other collaboratives in Smithfield to use Downtown Smithfield as a venue for organizing and hosting events and activities specifically targeted to attract visitors from a different geographic area or a new demographic audience to Smithfield.

Provides a matching (reimbursement) grant up to 25% of the total cost of approved projects, up to $500 but no less than $50, for advertising and marketing, new events, existing events, and promotions.


As a Main Street America Affiliateâ„¢, the Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation is part of a national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities that share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.
Community ms vertical color logoSmithfield is a North Carolina Main Street community, designated by the N.C. Department of Commerce Main Street & Rural Planning Center. The Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation is charged with administering the program at the local level and building public-private partnerships to spur economic development that achieves measurable results such as investment, business growth, and job creation.