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FY 2019 Great Streets Retail Small Business Grant

Grants to Washington, DC Businesses and Arts Nonprofits to
Enhance Store Spaces in Commercial Corridors

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District of Columbia - Executive Office of the Mayor - Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED)

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10/22/18 12:00 PM EST


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Washington, DC for-profit retail and service-oriented businesses and nonprofit arts and humanities organizations to enhance storefronts and business spaces within eligible commercial corridors. Applications are accepted from eligible businesses and nonprofits located on the following Great Street corridors:

-7th Street NW
-14th & U Street NW (including Adams Morgan, Mt. Pleasant & Columbia Heights)
-Connecticut Avenue NW
-Georgia Avenue NW
-H Street/Bladensburg Road NE/Benning Road NE
-Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue/South Capitol Street SE/SW
-Minnesota Avenue/Benning Road NE
-Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue NE
-New York Avenue NE
-North Capitol Street NW/NE
-Pennsylvania Avenue SE
-Rhode Island Avenue NE
-Wisconsin Avenue NW

The purpose of the Great Streets Retail Small Business(s) Grants is to support existing small businesses, attract new businesses, increase the District’s tax base, create new job opportunities for District residents, and transform emerging commercial corridors into thriving and inviting neighborhood centers.

A. Program Priorities

1. This grant is a mechanism to encourage existing and new neighborhood, retail-oriented businesses who seek access to capital an opportunity to improve their place of business, re-imaging their service approach by expanding services, and/or to fill a need in a underserved retail priority area. As the trends in retail have shifted towards a more consumer-centric experience, it is necessary for local businesses to begin thinking of innovative approaches to attract new customers while maintaining their existing customer base to remain competitive.

2. The program serves as an opportunity to grow the district’s local small business economy and bolster areas with inadequate access to retail-serving neighborhood experiences. The administration seeks to invest in 13 retail priority areas currently known as “Great Streets Corridors” with the goal of creating livable, walkable, shoppable, retail serving community experiences across all eight wards.

3. DMPED seeks to invest in small businesses which:
a. Activate the commercial corridor through increase of foot traffic
b. Maintain and create new jobs
c. Visually impact the corridor via façade improvements
d. Improve the customer experience via interior remodeling

Eligible Funding Uses:

Up to 80% of the applicant’s funding request under this grant can be applied towards the following hard costs:
- Build-out of new or vacant space;
- Interior and exterior renovations, including façade improvements; and/or
- Purchase and installation of heavy equipment that is permanently attached to a wall,
floor, or ceiling.

Up to 20% of the applicant’s funding request under this grant can be applied towards the following soft costs:
- Point-of-sale and inventory management hardware and software;
- Marketing materials and services; and / or
- Purchase and installation of movable equipment and furniture

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175903

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $50,000 may be awarded to a grantee.

Term of Contract:

The period of agreement of each grant will be from the date of grant execution and shall remain in effect through September 30, 2019. The District’s period of performance and financial obligation for the grant will be from the date of execution through September 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include the following:

- Eligible applicants may be for-profit entities (including, but not limited to, sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies, and corporations), and art and humanities based non-profit section 501©(3) and retail and service-oriented business owners whose location is on or within a Great Streets Corridor;
- Small retail and service-oriented business owners whose location is on or within a Great Street Corridor;
- Small retail and service-oriented businesses who have not previously received Great Streets funding for the specified business property. (Example: Biz A was awarded $35,000 Great Street Grant in 2015 at 1111 Streets Lane NW. Biz A cannot apply a second time for 1111 Streets Lane NW); Award amount for multiple businesses co-located within same physical address location shall not exceed the $50,000 threshold;
- Owners of retail and service-oriented business types not included in the Ineligible Applicant list below; (Example: Biz A is a coffee/t-shirt shop. Biz A is eligible to apply since business is not listed as an ineligible business);
- Business owners that have not previously received Great Streets funding for the same business location; and
- Business owners previously awarded Great Streets funding for their original location but are opening a second or third location. (Example #1: Biz A was awarded in 2013 and would like to apply again for second location. Example #2: Biz A was awarded in 2013 and wants to expand by increasing the business square footage by leasing the neighboring vacant space. Biz A is eligible to apply. Example #3: Biz A was awarded in 2013 and wants to expand by moving/relocating business to gain more square footage. Biz A is not eligible to apply)
- Businesses that hold a Tavern license issued by Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) with the ability to prove via tax returns that primary revenue is not alcohol sales during the pre-screen phase of application
- See Attachment A in the RFP for a list of sample businesses eligible to apply

Eligible applicants must meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for a grant:

- Located within a Great Streets Corridor (for a listing of corridors, please refer to Section II of this RFA). Prospective applicants can verify their location eligibility by using the interactive mapping tool at
- Registered business in Good Standing with the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), the Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR), the Department of Employment Services (DOES), and Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and maintain their Good Standing status with the aforementioned agencies throughout the pre-award process and the grant’s period of performance.
- Retain site control of the business property either through fee simple ownership or an executed contract or lease with the property owner with a minimum unexpired term of at least two (2) years. Applicants who lease their business property are required to submit a notarized affidavit from their landlord authorizing the proposed improvement project.
- Provide proof that the average annual revenue of the business (based on the last three (3) completed calendar years), or the projected average annual revenue for the first three (3) years “in business,” does not exceed $1 million.
- Provide proof of property and liability insurance (an insurance quote is permitted for new businesses) compliant with the requirements set forth in Section XVIII of this RFA).

The following types of businesses are ineligible to receive grant funding under this program:

- Adult entertainment
- Auto body repair
- Bank
- Bar or Nightclub2
- Construction/general contracting/architecture/design-build
- E-commerce business
- Financial services
- Home-based
- Hotel
- Liquor store
- Phone store
- Professional services3
- Real estate development/property management/realtor
- Seasonal (partial year)
- Previously awarded businesses that are expanding existing operations and/or relocating to another location are not eligible
- Businesses who have received a total of $150,000 or more of funding from the Great Streets or H Street Grants Programs are not eligible.

For new business, the following items, below, are not allowable funding uses; For existing businesses, removal of the following items, if applicable, is required:

- Plexi-glass (at point of sale or visible from façade)
- Excessive papering on front facing windows (window shall be clear of debris)
- Corner stores and businesses holding a Tavern License are required to enter the MPD Security Camera Rebate Program

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants who have questions regarding this RFA are encouraged to attend an orientation session.

Orientation sessions are scheduled for the following dates:

October 4, 2018, 10:30 am
North Capitol Main Street
Location: 1410 North Capitol Street, NW, Washington, DC 20002

October 4, 2018, 5:00 pm
H Street Main Street
Location: 800 11th Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Building: Douglas Memorial United Methodist Church

October 9, 2018, 1:00 pm
Rhode Island Avenue Main Street
Location: 2204 Rhode Island Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20018
Building: Art Enables

October 9, 2018, 5:00 pm
Minnesota Ave. Main Street
Location: 3935 Benning Road, NE, Washington, DC 20019
Building: Dorothy I. Height/ Benning Neighborhood Library

October 11, 2018, 6:00 pm - Life Asset
Location: 2509 Good Hope Road, SE, Washington, DC 20020
Building: Skyland Workforce Center

More information about the orientation session schedule may be found here:;

Pre-Application Information:

Technical Assistance with the application will be allowed during business hours of 830am – 4:00pm, Monday through Friday. DMPED will not accept any questions related to the application after 4PM EST, Friday, October 19, 2018.

Applicants must submit a completed online application to DMPED via the MicroEdge system no later than 12 noon EST on Monday, October 22, 2018.

Application Attachments:

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

LaToyia Hampton, Grant Administrator
Phone: (202) 724-8111

Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development
1015 Half Street SE, Suite 675
Washington, DC 20003

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Funding or Pin Number:

RFA ID #: DMPED – GSSBG - 518018

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington, DC