Get Involved

As a 501(c)3 non-profit, Sterling Main Street is an organization that works to promote a growing, thriving and prosperous business community in Sterling’s downtown district, with the goal of achieving a responsible balance between historic preservation and economic development.  As a volunteer-driven organization, we invite all businesses, organizations and residents to get involved as we continue to improve the heart and soul of our city.   Sterling Main Street was established in 1999, and received our state and national Main Street® program accreditation in 2009.

Since Sterling Main Street is a community project, you don’t have to be located in or work in the downtown area to be a part of it.  The downtown is everyone’s neighborhood, and a vibrant downtown sends an important message about our community pride.

Your contributions, both financial and in donating your time, help support Sterling Main Street’s ongoing revitalization efforts within the downtown.  They help us continue to provide the community with events such as Movies at GrandonSeasonal Sights & Sounds,  Hot Dog Day, and more.  Sterling Main Street is very proud to state that all financial contributions are reinvested in the community and are not used for its administrative expenses.  Please join us as we continue on our journey to revitalize downtown Sterling.

Ways to give…

Our 2021 Community Partnership Campaign will begin later this Spring, which will offer options for event sponsorship, specific project contributions and unrestricted donations.  Donations are welcome from both the business community and individuals….Anyone who wants to help make downtown Sterling a better place for all to enjoy.

You may also donate at anytime using the DONATE NOW button below.  Your support is appreciated at any time and your contributions are tax deductible.  CONTACT US to learn how or donate now using the button below.

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During 2019, more than 200 volunteers donated over 2000 hours to Main Street activities and events!  Our volunteers are the heart and soul of this organization. Their dedication to our community and its betterment is a testament to this place, Sterling, that we call “Home.”  Learn More HERE or Contact Us today and ask how you can get involved.

We cannot say enough thanks to those who provided support to Sterling Main Street during 2020!  It is through your commitment to our community that we are able to continue our efforts to make Downtown Sterling a Vibrant Experience for All!  Our 2020 partners are:



Sterling-Rock Falls Community Trust

D & E Furniture

River Ridge Animal Hospital

Boston Leather

McCormick’s Nursery / Event Center

Sterling Kiwanis

Frantz Manufacturing

Showplace Antiques & Treasures

Merle Norman | Massage Works

Mike Sprague State Farm

Bella Vita Hair Design

Exclusive Window Tinting & Detailing

Hawkins-Cassens Insurance

Illinois American Water

Royal Steel Ball

The Factory Pub-n-Grub

Ward, Murray, Pace & Johnson, P.C.


Friends of Main Street

Jon Byar

Kathy LaPlante

Joe Strabala-Bright

Lance Wahl & Joel Maloof

Josh Wahl