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DC Main Streets (DCMS) Program

Grants and Technical Support to Washington, DC
Nonprofits for the Revitalization of Commercial Districts

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District of Columbia Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD)

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08/04/17 2:00 PM


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Grants and technical assistance to Washington, DC nonprofit organizations for the commercial revitalization of designated business areas. Grantees will provide services and programs that strengthen and unify the commercial corridor and promote the expansion, retention, and attraction of neighborhood-serving retail stores.

CDC Main Streets (DCMS) is a program established by the Government of the District of Columbia to stimulate the economic revitalization of declining commercial districts through application of the Main Street Approach. The National Main Street Center has licensed DC Main Streets within the District of Columbia.

The following geographic descriptions are the suggested district areas. If applicants would like to propose different boundaries, they can do so on the application with a justification for the new boundaries.

1. Georgetown (Ward 2): Wisconsin Ave from K St to Whitehaven Pkwy;

2. Kennedy Street/Upper 14th Street, NW (Ward 4) : 14th St from Spring Rd to Longfellow St, Colorado Ave between Kennedy St and Longfellow St, and Kennedy St from 14th St to North Capitol.

3. Lower Georgia Avenue (Ward 1): Georgia Ave from Barry Pl to Kansas Ave; DC Main Streets

4. Minnesota Avenue (Ward 7): Minnesota Ave from Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave to East Capitol St.

Funding Restrictions - The grant may be spent in the following ways:

1. Up to $80,000 may be spent on administrative costs, including office rental, staff salaries, and office equipment. A full-time staff member must be hired by December 1, 2017.

2. A minimum of $35,000 must be spent on sub-grants to business and property owners. Grantees are expected to hire Certified Business Enterprises (CBE’s) to provide all services.

3. A minimum of $45,000 must be spent on other programmatic costs, including contracts for services, and advertising. Grantees are expected to hire Certified Business Enterprises (CBE’s) to provide all services.

4. As part of other programmatic costs, up to $7,000 may be spent on accounting and professional audit services. Grantees are expected to hire Certified Business Enterprises (CBE’s) to provide all services.

5. A minimum of $15,000 must be spent on technical assistance in learning the Main Street Approach® from approved practitioners through workshops or other training sessions. Grantees are expected to hire Certified Business Enterprises (CBE’s) or approved not for profit organizations to provide all services.

6. Up to $1,000 may be spent on professional dues/membership expenses and up to $2,000 may be spent on staff/volunteer travel.

7. Grant funds may only be expended on eligible costs that are set forth in the Letter of Agreement executed with the grant awarded and incurred on or after the Effective Date.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174278

Number of Grants:

DSLBD will award one grant for each of the service areas (i.e., a total of four grants).

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each designated Program will receive $175,000 in grant funding and technical assistance to support commercial revitalization initiatives.

Term of Contract:

The DC Main Streets grant award is a recurring grant, which can be renewed annually as long as the grantee continues to meet the standards for accreditation by the National Main Street Center.

The FY 2018 grant performance period is October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants must be nonprofit organizations headquartered in the District of Columbia.

Because incorporation can take up to 30 days, potential applicants are encouraged to register well in advance of the grant deadline, if they have not already registered for incorporation as a DC nonprofit organization.

Grants can be awarded only to organizations with no delinquent tax liabilities to the District of Columbia. DC Main Streets will confirm tax obligations with the Office of Tax and Revenue and the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs for all applicants.

Pre-proposal Conference:

DSLBD will host an Information Session on Thursday June 29, 2017 at 3:00 PM at DSLBD’s office (441 4th Street, NW, #805 South Washington DC 20001). A photo ID is required to enter the building.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants should be able to match the DC Main Streets funds with funds raised from private sources within the neighborhood. There is no minimum required match. Applicants should provide a minimum of 10 pledge letters or letters of support from past funders for the organization.

Interested applicants must complete an online application on or before Friday, August 4, 2017 at 2:00 PM.

Applicants submitting incomplete applications will be notified by Monday, August 7, 2017 and will have two business days to upload missing information. Corrected applications are due on Wednesday August 9, 2017 at 2:00 PM.

The grant recipients will be selected through a competitive application process and notified by September 8, 2017. All other applicants will be notified of the decision no more than one week after the grant has been awarded. A grant agreement between DSLBD and the grantees will be executed by September 29, 2017.

Contact Information:

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

To access the online application forms, an organization must complete and submit an online Expression of Interest (Registration) form here:

For more information, contact:

Cristina Amoruso, DC Main Streets Coordinator
Department of Small and Local Business Development
(202) 727-3900

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington, DC: Georgetown (Ward 2); Kennedy Street /Upper 14th Street, NW (Ward 4); Lower Georgia Avenue (Ward 1); and Minnesota Avenue (Ward 7)