District of Columbia - Executive Office of the Mayor - Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED)
07/22/19 12:00 PM
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
- Grocery Stores
- 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).
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#: 186253
DMPED will award one (1) or more grants.
Funding allocation will be based on impact of business improvements and will be between $150,000 up to the total available amount.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply online: https://www.grantrequest.com/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fapplication.aspx%3fSA%3dSNA%26FID%3d35041%26sid%3d5501&SA=SNA&FID=35041&sid=5501
All grant submission questions can be submitted to https://dmped.dc.gov/service/grant-opportunities
LaToyia Hampton, Grants Manager
Phone: (202) 724-8111
Grants are offered to qualified applicants located or looking to locate within the following retail priority areas known as “Great Streets Corridors”: See map: https://dcgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/InformationLookup/index.html?appid=77167e5109b644c9bb903706595c9255
EOM-BD- 019 - 29519
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