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FY 2019 Legacy Business Grant

Grants to Washington, DC Longstanding Small Businesses to
Expand or Relocate to Eligible 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)

Deadline Date:

07/22/19 12:00 PM


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Grants to Washington, DC longstanding small businesses for business relocation or expansion projects. Businesses must be located in or seeking to relocate to eligible priority commercial corridors. Funding is intended to create new job opportunities, impact emerging commercial corridors, increase the District's tax base, and support historic and longstanding small businesses to retain their history.

Applicant examples include, but are not limited to:

- Retail Store – clothing, jewelry, toys, electronics, hardware
- Cafes
- Grocery Stores
- Drugstores/Pharmacies
- Sit Down Restaurants (including fast-casuals)
- Coffee Shops
- Medical Offices (doctor, dentist, chiropractor, urgent care)
- Professional office space

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) is soliciting grant applications from legacy business owners who have been established and in operation in the District of Columbia for a minimum of 25 years and who wish to improve their business location or locations and/or expand into retail priority areas of the District of Columbia (Grant Program).

Program Priorities:

1. This Grant Program is a mechanism to support historic businesses that anchor Great Streets neighborhoods, by providing an opportunity to improve their place of business, reimaging their service approach by expanding services, and to revitalize their businesses to remain competitive. 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 Grant Program serves as an opportunity to retain important fixtures in the District’s local small business economy and create new experiences and opportunities within legacy businesses. The administration seeks to invest in historic legacy businesses located in 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 that maintain the District’s history.
3. The Grant Program also serves as a mechanism for legacy businesses to expand their footprint by opening an additional location in a Retail Priority Area through the use of these Capital Improvement dollars.
4. DMPED seeks to invest in historic businesses which: a. Activate the commercial corridor through an 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 90% 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 10% 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#: 186253

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

DMPED will award one (1) or more grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding allocation will be based on impact of business improvements and will be between $150,000 up to the total available amount.

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(c)(3) and retail and service-oriented businesses whose location or locations is on or within a Great Streets Corridor and that has been established in the District for 25 years or more.
- Retail and service-oriented businesses with 25 or more years of business in the District that are seeking help to remain open or looking to open an additional location on a Great Streets Corridor.
- Owners of legacy retail and service-oriented business types not included in the Ineligible Applicant list below; (Example: Business A is a coffee/t-shirt shop. Business A is eligible to apply since it is not listed as an ineligible business);
- See Attachment A for a list of sample businesses eligible to apply.

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

- Adult entertainment
- Auto body repair
- Financial Institutions
- Bar or Nightclub
- Construction/general contracting/architecture/design-build
- E-commerce business
- Financial services
- Home-based business
- Hotel
- Liquor store
- Phone store
- Professional services
- Non-profit child development centers
- Real estate development/property management/realtor
- Seasonal (partial year)

Ineligible funding uses:

a. Salaries
b. Existing Debt
c. Rent

Pre-proposal Conference:

DMPED will host at least one informational session. Once confirmed, details about the informational session(s) will be posted on DMPED’s website.

Pre-Application Information:

All electronic applications must be submitted no later than Monday, July 22nd , 2019 at 12:00 pm, EST. All applications will be recorded upon receipt.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

All grant submission questions can be submitted to

Or to:

LaToyia Hampton, Grants Manager
Phone: (202) 724-8111

Grant Coverage Areas:

Grants are offered to qualified applicants located or looking to locate within the following retail priority areas known as “Great Streets Corridors”: See map:

Funding or Pin Number:

EOM-BD- 019 - 29519

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington, DC