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Grant to a Washington, DC Nonprofit or Local Business to Assess the Practicality and Viability of a Business Revitalization Program

2023 Foggy Bottom West End Feasibility Study Grant


GrantWatch ID# 207263
Agency: State

Funding Source
District of Columbia Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Washington, DC: Foggy Bottom

Important Dates
Conference Date: 01/17/23
Deadline: 01/30/23 4:00 PM EST

Grant Description
Grant to a Washington, DC nonprofit organization or local business to assess the practicality and viability of executing a business revitalization program in eligible locations. Applicants must submit an expression of interest prior to applying. Funding is intended to support the production of a feasibility study addressing the feasibility of a DC Main Streets program for a Foggy Bottom and West End commercial corridor.

The focus of the study must be on the necessity, practicability, sustainability, viability, benefits, and compatibility with the DC Main Streets program. 

The study should explore:

  • Proposed district boundaries that would have the most likelihood of launching a successful Main Street program.
  • Current fiscal and program capacity in the neighborhood and opportunities that will lead to a hyperlocal, sustainable, and independent Main Street Program.
  • Feasibility for the successful implementation of the Main Street Four Point Approach® within the commercial district. 
  • Potential support from business owners and commercial property owners. As the most crucial stakeholders in any commercial revitalization effort, the business and property owners should be included in any planning effort.
  • Potential support from community stakeholders.
  • Synergies for internal and external collaborations with other groups.
  • Feasibility for sustainable funding.
  • Measures needed, if any, to build capacity
  • The commercial district’s future interaction and connectivity with neighboring Main Streets Programs. 

For eligible expenses, see https://dslbd.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/dslbd/service_content/attachments/FY2023%20RFA%20Foggy%20Bottom%20Feasibility%20Study%20Final%2001%2009%202023.pdf#page=4.



Recipient

Eligibility
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations incorporated in the District and local businesses certified by DSLBD as a Certified Business Enterprise (“CBE”). All applicants must be current on all DC business licenses, permits and taxes, and fiscal and programmatic grant reporting requirements, if applicable.

Applicants must demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the Main Street Four Point Approach®; experience producing Impact Study Reports for Main Streets Coordinating Programs and/or Community and Business Improvement Districts; and a successful track record of producing Main Streets feasibility studies which have led to the formation of a new Main Streets Program or to substantial changes within an existing Main Streets Program.

Additional Geographic Information:

DSLBD will award the grant for the following Service Area: Foggy Bottom
• 17th Street, N.W. on the east;
• Rock Creek Park on the west;
• the Potomac River on the south;
• Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., on the north.

Ineligible
Ineligible Expenses
a. Financing existing debt including payment of taxes owed
b. Expenses incurred before February 1, 2023 or after May 31, 2023
c. Expenses which are reimbursed by a different grant from the District
d. Acquisition of residential or commercial property for any use
e. Acquisition of an automobile
f. Acquisition of land or buildings
g. Any build-out of new improvements, renovation of existing improvements, façade improvement, interior build-out or interior improvement which is not allowed by DC Code
h. Assistance to lobby or bring legal charges against the Government of the District of Columbia or its officials
i. Any undocumented expense (“administrative” or “overhead” expenses are not allowed without proper documentation)

Pre-Proposal Conference
A pre-Application information session will be held on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at 4:00 PM.

The session will be conducted online. Anyone interested in attending the information session may send an email todcmainstreets@dc.gov to obtain a link to the meeting.

Pre-Application Information
Timeline:
- The grant opens on January 9, 2023
- Pre-Application Information Sessions. DSLBD will hold a pre-Application information session on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at 4:00 PM.
- Confirm Eligibility. On January 23, 2023, 5:00 PM, DSLBD will review applications to confirm whether Applicants that have submitted eligibility documents have fully met the eligibility requirements listed.
- Missing Documents/Incomplete Information. If an Applicant organization’s eligibility requirement responses are missing or incomplete, DSLBD will notify the organization’s point of contact by January 25, 2023, which gives Applicants five days to upload any missing documents and/or incomplete information that would eliminate their Application from competition.
- Application Deadline. All Applications must be completed and submitted to DSLBD by 4:00 PM on January 30, 2023.
- DSLBD will determine grant award selections based on the review panel’s scoring results and will notify all applicants of their status via email by February 7, 2023.

To access the online application form an organization must first register by completing and submitting an online Expression of Interest (“EI”). DSLBD will activate a registrant’s online access within one (1) business day after completion and submission of the EI form and notify registrants via email. The email will contain instructions for registered applicants (“Applicants”) on how to access the online application.

Grantees will receive a partial disbursement by March 15, 2023. This initial amount will be 90 percent of the full grant amount. The final disbursement of 10% of the grant amount is contingent on complete reporting and will be adjusted for inadequately documented expenses, if any.

If awarded, grantees can request reimbursement only for eligible expenses that are listed in the grant agreement.

Number of Grants
DSLBD will award one grant.

Estimated Size of Grant
$100,000

Term of Contract
Successful applicants shall begin work by February 1, 2023. The period of performance for this grant is February 1, 2023 through July May 31, 2023.

Contact Information
Submit an Expression of Interest Online: https://octo.quickbase.com/db/main?a=SignIn&nexturl=https%3A%2F%2Focto.quickbase.com%2Fdb%2Fbswi8ddqd&rc=psi

Questions must be sent to the Department of Small and Local Business Development at dcmainstreets@dc.gov.

Department of Small and Local Business Development
441 4th Street, NW, Suite 850 North, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 727-3900
Fax: (202) 654-6032
TTY: (202) 727-3900
Email: dslbd@dc.gov

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