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2024 Robust Retail Citywide Grants


Congratulations to the 2024 Robust Retail Grantees

2024 Robust Retail Grantees

The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) is excited to announce that we will be accepting applications for the 2024 Robust Retail Citywide Grants.

The 2024 Robust Retail Citywide grant(s) support existing DC-based retail businesses in maintaining operations and viability. DSLBD intends to award up to $10,000 per business to approximately 48 businesses from the $480,000 in available funding for the Fiscal Year 2024.

In addition to the $480,000 in funding available to 48 businesses located in the District, an additional $180,000 has been earmarked for businesses situated along the Upper Georgia Avenue Main Street corridor and Deanwood Heights Main Street corridor.

This grant will be operated as a reimbursement grant, awarded via lottery to DC retail businesses that meet all eligibility requirements by the final deadline. Businesses that received a Robust Retail Citywide award in FY2023 are not eligible to apply.

2024 Robust Retail Grantees

2023 Robust Retail Grantees

Who Can Apply?

To meet eligibility for the Citywide grant program, the applicant must be:

  1. A District-based retail business; 
  2. A licensed for-profit public-facing seller of legal goods and services;
  3. Physically located in a brick-and-mortar commercial retail space in the District;
  4. An eligible business type as listed in Appendix A of this RFA; 
  5. Not among the ineligible business types as listed in Appendix A of this RFA; and

Provide all required documents and attestations in the checklist located within the RFA. 

How Do I Apply?


All instructions are included in the formal “Request for Applications” (RFA), available for download on or before March 21, 2024. Applicants are encouraged to read the full Request for Applications. Applications will only be accepted through the online application system listed in the Request for Applications (RFA) on DSLBD’s website.



We will hold online, virtual information sessions. Applicants are highly encouraged to attend a virtual information session. Details on information sessions can be found on the Eventbrite page using the following link:

Questions regarding the 2024 Robust Retail grant can be emailed to [email protected]. No phone calls will be accepted. 

Want to learn more? Watch the video below:

Final Deadline

The absolute final deadline to apply online is April 15, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern, no exceptions.