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FY19 Ward 5 DC Main Streets (DCMS)

Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits to Revitalize
Commercial Districts in Eligible Areas

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

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11/02/18 12:00 pm


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Grants of $75,000 to Washington, DC nonprofit organizations to retain, expand, and attract retail stores to eligible commercial districts in Wards 4 and 5. Funding is intended to encourage the revitalization of declining commercial districts and strengthen and unify the commercial corridor.

Section 1: Funding Opportunity

A. DC Main Streets – DC 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 the application of the Main Street Approach®. The National Main Street Center has licensed DC Main Streets within the District of Columbia.

DC Main Streets was established in 2002 and the first programs were designated in 2003. DC Main Street currently has designated sixteen local programs: Barracks Row Main Street, Deanwood Heights Main Streets, Destination Congress Heights, District Bridges (Columbia Heights and Mount Pleasant), Eastern Market Main Street, Georgetown Main Street, Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets, H Street Main Street, Lower Georgia Ave Main street, Minnesota Ave Main Street, North Capitol Main Street, Shaw Main Streets, Rhode Island Avenue Main Street, Tenleytown Main Street, Uptown Main Street, and Van Ness Main Street.

Georgetown Main Street, Lower Georgia Avenue Main Street, Minnesota Ave Main Street and Uptown Main Street were the most recently designated programs.

B. Program Objectives – The South Dakota Ave/Riggs Rd and Upper Bladensburg Rd organizations will develop programs and services to:

(1) Assist business districts with the retention, expansion and attraction of neighborhood-serving retail stores; and
(2) Unify and strengthen the commercial corridor.

C. Eligible Project Areas – 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. South Dakota Avenue/Riggs Road: Riggs Rd NE from the railroad tracks to Chillum Place NE; South Dakota Avenue from Riggs Road to Galloway St NE; 3rd Street NW from Rittenhouse Street to Sheridan Streets NW DC Main Streets

2. Bladensburg Road: Bladensburg Road NE from Mt. Olivet Road NE to Eastern Avenue; New York Avenue a half block east and west from Bladensburg Road

– The grant may be spent in the following ways:

1. Up to $55,000 may be spent on the salary of the Executive Director, who must be hired by December 1, 2018.

2. Up to $25,500 may be spent on administrative costs, including office rental, office equipment, services and other administrative costs.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. A minimum of $35,500 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.

6. 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.

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

8. 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#: 184235

Number of Grants:

DSLBD will designate one program per neighborhood, for two designations, in total.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each designated program will receive a grant of $175,000 within FY19.

Term of Contract:

The grant is a multi-year, renewable grant, which will be awarded every year in which the designated program continues to meet all performance standards established by DC Main Streets.

Successful applicants should expect to begin work by January 1, 2018. The period of performance for this grant will be October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

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:

Ask questions at the Pre-Application Information Session on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 10:30 am at the Lamond-Riggs Library, 5401 South Dakota Avenue NE Washington, DC 20011, Meeting Room 2 or on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 10:30 am at the Woodridge Library,1801 Hamlin St NE, Washington, DC 20018, Meeting Room 1.

Pre-Application Information:

To access the online application forms, an organization must complete and register at DSLBD will activate applicants’ online access within two (2) business days and notify them via email. The email will contain instructions on how to access the online application.

Because incorporation can take up to thirty (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.

Completed applications are due on or before Friday, November 2, 2018 at 12:00 pm. Applicants who have submitted their materials by Friday, October 19 at 11:59 pm will have a preliminary eligibility review. Applicants will have until the application deadline on Friday, November 2, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. to update their application.

The grant recipients will be selected through a competitive application process and notified by Friday, November 16, 2018. 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 December 5, 2018.

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 demonstrate broad community support, through a minimum of ten (10) support letters, for the revitalization effort.

Contact Information:

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

Email questions to Jennifer Prats at

Department of Small and Local Business Development
441 4th Street, NW, Suite 850 North, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 727-3900
Fax: (202) 724-3786
TTY: (202) 727-3900

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington, DC: South Dakota Avenue/Riggs Road (Wards 4 and 5), and Upper Bladensburg Road (Ward 5)