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Healthy Foods Retail Program: Grown in DC

Grants to Washington, D.C. Nonprofits and For-Profits
for Programs to Increase Access to Nutritious Foods

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

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Deadline Date:

03/15/19 2:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $20,000 to $60,000 to Washington, D.C. nonprofits and businesses in eligible areas for programs to increase local access to nutritious foods. Priority will be given to collaborative projects. Funding is intended to bring farmers markets to local communities or to increase the variety of healthy foods in local small food retailers.

The funds can be used for the following program administration uses:
1. Staff time;
2. Public outreach and engagement;
3. Technical assistance to farmers markets or small food retailers (including corner stores) for the purposes of expanding access to healthy foods
4. Technical assistance provided by farmers markets or small food retailers (including corner stores) for the purposes of expanding access to healthy foods
5. Equipment, food or business development related
6. Training for retail readiness
7. Facilitating hyper-local collaborations within the eligible areas
8. Or, other uses proposed by the grantee and accepted by the Department

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185261

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Up to 5

Estimated Size of Grant:

$20,000 - $60,000

Term of Contract:

Successful applicants may apply the funds that meet the allowable uses for expenses incurred after October 1, 2018, and before September 30, 2019.

Renewal of a portion of the funding is possible, for up to an additional two years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

DC-based for-profit or nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply.

All work must be completed within the eligible areas as defined by the FEED Act, Census Tract: 103, 33.01, 94, 95.05, 95.07, or 95.08. Organizations based outside of the eligible area can apply, but partnership with organizations from the eligible area is required.

The funds cannot be used for any of the following uses:
1. Financing existing debt, including payment of taxes owed;
2. Expenses incurred before October 1, 2018, or after September 30, 2019;
3. Expenses which are reimbursed by a different grant from DC Government;
4. Or, personal use or other uses not related to the business identified in the grant

Pre-proposal Conference:

DSLBD will hold several information sessions in February and March 2019, with at least one occurring in February. All details for the information session (date, time, location) will posted here when available:

Thursday, February 7, 2019
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
441 4th St NW
Room 1117
Washington, DC 20001

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- Grant funds can be allocated to costs during the Period of Performance: October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019
- Application Information Sessions: February 7, 2019
- Pre-Review Deadline: March 4, 2019 2:00 PM
- Application Deadline: March 15, 2019 2:00 PM (no exceptions)
- Award Notification Date: April 1, 2019
- Grant Agreement Anticipated Date: April 15, 2019
- Funding Disbursement Schedule: Variable
- Last date to incur costs: September 30, 2019

For applicants submitting by March 4,2019, at 2:00 PM, DSLBD will conduct a review by March, 11, 2019 and notify applicants of any missing documentation. This check will not review for applicant eligibility. Applicants will then have until the final deadline to correct their application.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Questions may be sent to Kate Mereand or Virginia-Marie Roure at the Department of Small and Local Business Development at or

441 4th Street, NW
Suite 850 North
Washington, DC 20001

Phone: (202) 727-3900
Fax: (202) 724-3786
TTY: (202) 727-3900

Grant Coverage Areas:

The eligible areas (both the HUB Zones and eligible census tracts) are outlined in this map:

a) For HUB Zones: The US Small Business Administration maintains a look-up system for
areas qualified as a HUB Zones at:

b) For Eligible Census Tracts: the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC)
maintains a look-up system for census tracts at:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington, DC