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Businesses to Improve their Leased Offices

FY2016 Creative and Open Space Modernization Grant

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Government of the District of Columbia, Executive Office of the Mayor, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development

Deadline Date:

06/01/16 4:00 PM


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Grants to Washington, D.C. technology business to help them improve their leased spaces. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the June deadline. Businesses that signed a lease in the District after July 1, 2015 for at least 50,000 square feet of office space and will continue having control over the site for at least 12 years are eligible to apply.

Funding is provided in order to help create new jobs and economic opportunities, especially for residents of underserved and overlooked communities.

Preference will be given to applicants that:

- Demonstrate a commitment to the District of Columbia, with an emphasis on underserved and overlooked communities
- Provide jobs or training opportunities to District residents
- Have a leased signed on or before October 1, 2015
- Provide a high return on investment through a small request, a high rate of District resident employment, and/or a significant amount of leased space

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159927

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to a maximum of $1,000,000 each per qualified business.

Term of Contract:

Date of grant execution through August 31, 2016.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Qualified High Technology Companies (“QHTCs”), as defined by D.C. Official Code § 47-1817.01(5) that meet the following requirements:

(1) Lease or sub-lease at least 50,000 square feet of office space within the District of Columbia

(2) Will maintain site control of this office space for at least twelve (12) years after the date of grant application

(3) Will provide a public benefit that will have a material, positive impact on the District of Columbia, such as:
a. Providing employment or contracting opportunities for District of Columbia residents and Certified Business Enterprises (CBEs).
b. Providing low-income or underserved individuals or communities in the District of Columbia with reduced-price or free products, services, or commercial or community space.
c. Providing economic opportunities, training, or jobs for individuals or communities beyond those offered through the normal course of business.
d. Providing innovation-and-technology-related educational, training, or internship opportunities for students in the District of Columbia.

Pre-Application Information:

DMPED may conduct pre-award on-site visits to verify information submitted in the application and to determine if the applicant’s facilities are appropriate for the services intended.

Online submissions only. Please submit your complete application (including attachments) through the ZoomGrants portal on the website for the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED):

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

LaToyia Hampton, Grants Manager

Funding or Pin Number:

DMPED - COSM – 016- 708211

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USA: Washington, DC

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