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Current Grant Opportunities

2022 ROBUST RETAIL CITYWIDE GRANTS

The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) is excited to announce that we will be accepting applications for the 2022 Robust Retail Citywide Grants. A robust retail sector is critical to maintaining the vibrancy of DC neighborhoods, but due to market realities of the past years, retail businesses are under threat of business decline and closure. The 2022 Robust Retail Citywide grant(s) support existing DC-based retail businesses in maintaining operations and viability during the current small business crisis.

DSLBD intends to award up to $7,500 per business to approximately 78 businesses from the $588,000 in available funding for the Fiscal Year 2022. This grant will be operated as a reimbursement grant, awarded via lottery, to DC retail businesses that have met all eligibility requirements by the final deadline. Businesses that received a Robust Retail Citywide award in FY2021 are not eligible to apply.

 Applicants are encouraged to read the full Request for Application.

Click here to view the NOFA.

Click here to view the RFA (Updated May 2, 2022)


 

EQUITY IMPACT ENTERPRISE GRANTS: NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY (NOFA) AND REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS (RFA)

The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) is excited to announce that we will accept the Equity Impact Enterprise Grants applications starting April 4, 2022, and closing on April 22, 2022. The grants will build capacity for the District’s small, resident-owned and disadvantaged businesses and sustain their operations through the COVID-19 Pandemic. This grant will be operated as a reimbursement grant, awarded automatically to applicants that have met all eligibility requirements by the final deadline.

Businesses must be certified with DSLBD as a Certified Businesses Enterprise with the sub-designation “Equity Impact Enterprise” as of April 22, 2022, and maintain this designation through May 15, 2022, to be eligible for this grant opportunity. DSLBD intends to award up to $5,000 per eligible business from $1,500,000 in available funding for the Fiscal Year 2022. Award amounts will be determined based on the total number of final eligible applicants. Click here to view the NOFA.

 

Click here to view the NOFA.

Click here to view the RFA.

Click here to view a large-print version of the RFA.


FOOD WASTE INNOVATION GRANTS: NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY (NOFA)

The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) is excited to announce that we will be soliciting applications for the first round of Food Waste Innovation Grants. These grants will provide support for restaurants, food manufacturers, shared commercial kitchens, and commercial corridors like Main Streets and Business Improvement Districts to minimize their food waste going to landfills and minimize urban rat populations. 

Click here to view the NOFA.

Click here to view the RFA.


REVISED REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS (RFA) DC

MAIN STREETS PROGRAM 2022

The District of Columbia (“DC” or “District”) Department of Small and Local Business Development (“DSLBD”) is re-soliciting applications from eligible entities for designation as and operation and management of FY2022 (October 1, 2021, through September 31, 2022) DC Main Street (“DCMS”) program (“Program”) for the two DC commercial districts detailed in the RFA below.

Click here to view the RFA.


NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY (NOFA) DC MAIN STREETS PROGRAM 2022

The District of Columbia (“DC” or “District”) Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) is re-soliciting grant applications from eligible applicants to operate a DC Main Streets Program in one of the two service areas detailed in the NOFA below. The submission deadline is Tuesday, November 2, 2021, at 12:00 noon.

Click here to view the NOFA.


REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS (RFA) DC MAIN STREETS PROGRAM 2022

The District of Columbia (“DC” or “District”) Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) is soliciting applications from eligible applicants for designation as and operation and management of FY 022 (October 1, 2021, through September 31, 2022) DC Main Street (DCMS) program (“Program”) for the commercial districts detailed in the RFA below.
 
 

NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY (NOFA) FY2022 DC MAIN STREETS

The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) is soliciting grant applications for eligible applicants to operate and manage FY2022 Main Streets in one of three services areas: Palisades (Ward 3), Petworth (Ward 4), and Woodley Park (Ward 3). For more information, please view the complete NOFA below.

Click here to view the NOFA.


CLEAN TEAM PROGRAM 2022 REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS (FFA)

The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) is soliciting grant applications for eligible applicants to operate and manage FY2022 Clean Team Programs for District Service Areas, detailed in the RFA below.

Click here to view the RFA.

 


MADE IN DC MARKET ACCESS GRANT 2021: OFFICIAL REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS (RFA)

The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) is excited to announce that we will be accepting applications for the Made in DC 2021 Market Access: Citywide grants starting July 30, 2021, and closing August 31, 2021, at 2 PM eastern time.

Made in DC is a program of the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development that aims to support and promote businesses that design, make, produce, and/or assemble products in the District of Columbia. The Market Access Citywide grant(s) support the growth of the maker and creative businesses access to market opportunities.
DSLBD intends to award up to $5,000 in reimbursable costs per business from the total $100,000 in available funding for the Fiscal Year 2021. This grant will be operated as a reimbursement grant, awarded via lottery, to DC maker businesses that have met all eligibility requirements by the final deadline.

Click here to view RFA. 


 

2021 Citywide Robust Retail Grants (NOFA & RFA)
 
The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) is excited to announce that we will be accepting applications for the 2021 Robust Retail: Citywide grants starting December 7, 2020, and closing January 28, 2021, at 2:00 PM EST.
 
A robust retail sector is critical to maintaining the vibrancy of DC neighborhoods, but due to the market realities of the past year, retail businesses are under threat of business decline and closure. Thus the 2021 Robust Retail Citywide grant(s) support existing DC-based retail businesses maintaining operations and viability during the current small business crisis.
 
DSLBD intends to award up to $7,500 per business to 106 businesses from the total $800,000 in available funding for the Fiscal Year 2021. This grant will be operated as a reimbursement grant, awarded via lottery, to DC retail businesses that have met all eligibility requirements by the final deadline.
 
 
 

 


DREAM GRANTS: NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY (NOFA)

The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) is excited to announce that we will be soliciting applications for the 2021 Ward 7 and 8 Microbusiness Dream Grants starting August 15, 2020.

The grants are to provide business development support for the growth of microbusinesses in Wards 7 and 8. These microbusinesses must be appropriately licensed, have fewer than five (5) full-time employees, the business must be located in Ward 7 or 8, and Ward 7 or 8 residents must have majority ownership of the business.

DSLBD intends to award between 20 and 25 grants, of up $10,000 each, from the $200,000 in total available funding for 2021.

Click Here To View NOFA

 


DREAM GRANTS: REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS (RFA)

The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) is excited to announce that we will be soliciting applications for the 2021 Ward 7 and 8 Microbusiness Dream Grants starting August 15, 2020.

The grants are to provide business development support for the growth of microbusinesses in Wards 7 and 8. These microbusinesses must be appropriately licensed, have fewer than five (5) full-time employees, the business must be located in Ward 7 or 8, and Ward 7 or 8 residents must have majority ownership of the business.

Questions will only be answered in an information session. Dates will be posted here: http://bit.ly/DSLBDeventbrite, or via email to [email protected]. The last day to ask questions is September 25, 2020, at 2 PM.

The final deadline to submit an application is September 30, 2020, at 2 PM. No exceptions.

Click Here To View RFA

 


 

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