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FY22 Business Funding Opportunities

Various existing and new grant programs will be available through the DMPED cluster in fiscal year 2022 to support economic recovery by providing support to businesses and entrepreneurs. Program details will be added here as they become available.

INCLUSIVE INNOVATION EQUITY IMPACT FUND (DMPED)
The Inclusive Innovation Equity Impact Fund supports District-based equity impact enterprises or businesses eligible to be equity impact enterprises with training and investment in the form of revenue or equity-based financing.  An equity impact enterprise is a resident-owned, small business that it is at least 51% owned by an individual who is, or a majority number of individuals who are economically disadvantaged or have been subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice or cultural bias.

STATUS: OPEN  
View more information and to apply here.

Open: September 12, 2022  8:00 AM (EST)
Closing:  January 31, 2022 11:59 PM (EST)

1863 Ventures administers the funds and is responsible for final decisions on funding. For questions about the application or process, please reach out to [email protected].
 

FOOD ACCESS FUND (DMPED)
The Food Access Fund will increase equitable access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food by securing grocery stores and restaurants, fast casual restaurants and other food access points in areas with low food access, with a focus on Wards 7 and 8. 

STATUS: CLOSED

Opened: Monday, June 27, 2022
Closing: Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at 5:00PM EST

 

SMALL MEDIUM BUSINESS GROWTH FUND (DMPED)
Mayor Bowser and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development is investing $5.4 million in the Small Medium Business Growth Fund, a program that will offer grants aimed to retain and expand district-based small businesses by supporting large scale capital improvements, large equipment purchasing, and technological advancements within retail, professional services, industrial-based businesses, manufacturing industries.  

STATUS: CLOSED

Opening: Friday, April 22, 2022
Closing: Friday, May 27, 2022 at 5:00 PM EST

More information:


D.C. REBUILD BOND PROGRAM
The District has teamed up with SMBX, a financial marketplace that connects small business owners with everyday investors, to offer the Rebuild Bond Program for small businesses in D.C. to raise capital from their community. Through the Rebuild Bond Program, for a limited time, small businesses can apply to issue Small Business Bonds™ with no origination fees. By issuing a Small Business Bond™, you can borrow capital from existing customers at competitive rates, retain your equity, and increase customer loyalty. All businesses are encouraged to apply, especially those from communities that have historically been denied access to capital or which reside in Wards 5, 7, or 8. 
STATUS: OPEN
Opened: Thursday, September 9, 2021. For more information visit on.thesmbx.com/dc-rebuild-bond-program.


VITALITY FUND (DMPED)

Offered by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development (DMPED), the Vitality Fund assists established businesses within targeted sectors with active projects looking to relocate, expand, or stay in Washington, DC.

View more information about the Vitality Fund.
STATUS: ACTIVE AND ONGOING
 

2022 CBE GREEN EQUITABLE SERVICES GRANTS (DSLBD)

The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) is excited to announce that we will be accepting applications for the 2022 CBE Green Equitable Services Grants. The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) is excited to announce that we will be soliciting applications for the CBE Green Contract Services Grants starting June 10, 2022.

The grants are for Certified Business Enterprises (CBEs) to provide direct services to other CBEs pursuing contracting opportunities with the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU). DSBLD seeks back-office direct services and training in proposal development, budget development, and contract management.

CBE Green is an initiative within DSLBD to support CBEs in the expanding green and sustainable energy and buildings market. In partnership with the Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE), DSLBD supports CBEs with additional training opportunities to prepare them for DOEE, DCSEU, and more market opportunities. In addition, DSLBD will refer CBEs to awarded applications for the use of the services between July 15, 2022, and September 30, 2022.

DSLBD intends to award between 3 and 5 grants from the $200,000 in total available funding for 2022, providing a mix of back-office services for between 25 and 100 CBE businesses pursuing green procurement opportunities.

Applicants are encouraged to read the full Request for Application.

STATUS: CLOSED

Deadline: July 1, 2022, 2:00 PM (EST)

Click here to view the NOFA
Click here to view the RFA


2022 ROBUST RETAIL CITYWIDE GRANTS (DSLBD)
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.

STATUS: CLOSED
Opening: Friday, April 25, 2022
Closing: Wednesday, June 8, 2022

More information:

 

FY22 RELIEF AND RECOVERY FUND GRANT (CAH)
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) requests applications from qualified artists, humanities practitioners, and arts and humanities organizations for its Fiscal Year 2022 Relief and Recovery Fund (CAH-RRF) grant program.  The number and amounts of grant awards are subject to CAH’s availability of funds. CAH is committed to supporting the District’s arts and cultural sector and realizes that the path to financial recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is a gradual one. CAH releases its CAH-RRF opportunity in recognition of the ongoing support that is needed to help the community rebound and thrive again.

STATUS: CLOSED

Opened: May 16, 2011
Closing: June 6, 2022 10:00PM EST

View additional information here.


EQUITY IMPACT ENTERPRISE GRANTS (DSLBD)
The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) is excited to announce this Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for its Equity Impact Enterprise Grants and that DSLBD will be accepting grant applications from eligible resident-owned small and economically disadvantaged certified business enterprises (CBEs) closing April 22, 2022.

STATUS: CLOSED
Closing: Friday, April 22nd

View additional information here.

THE BRIDGE FUND (DMPED)
Previously referred to as Small Business Rent Relief & COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant Program.
Small businesses are still recovering from revenue losses experienced during the Public Health Emergency and are facing new challenges from new COVID variants. While many of these businesses have received relief funds from District and federal relief programs, they continue to need financial support to ensure they can fully recover and remain viable in the future. The Bridge Fund will provide financial relief to small businesses that earned $5 million or less and experienced at least a 20% reduction in revenue during the Public Health Emergency related to COVID-19. This program will prioritize businesses that have not received federal relief funds (Paycheck Protection Program).

The Bridge Fund is a non-competitive grant program that will award eligible small businesses with consideration to core expenses, economic distress, location, length of revenue generating operations, and District resident employment. During the application review period, businesses that meet the following criteria will receive priority review for eligibility and award amount:

  • Businesses with no more than $2.5 million in revenue each in 2019, 2020, and 2021
  • Business that did not receive an award from the Paycheck Protection Program

STATUS: CLOSED
Application Period One: Open: Monday, January 24, 2022  | Close: Friday, February 25, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST
Application Period Two: Open: Saturday, February 26, 2022 | Deadline: Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 5:00 PM EST

Information Sessions:

  • Sign up for an upcoming info session here!
  • Monday, March 7th 4:30-6:30pm at Art Enables, 2204 Rhode Island Avenue NE
  • Thursday, March 10th 2:00-4:30pm at Marshall Heights Community Development Corporation, 3939 Benning Road NE


COMMERCIAL PROPERTY ACQUISITION FUND (DMPED)
The Commercial Property Acquisition Fund will provide eligible businesses with down payment assistance of up to $750,000 or 25% of the sale price, whichever is less, for the acquisition of commercial property in the District.
STATUS: CLOSED
Opened: Friday, November 19, 2021. Completed applications will be considered as funds are available.


NEIGHBORHOOD PROSPERITY FUND (DMPED)
Neighborhood Prosperity Fund (NPF) incentivizes community development, economic growth, and job creation by leveraging local funds to provide gap financing for projects that attract private investment to distressed communities. Grant funds support architectural and engineering costs, construction costs, tenant improvements, historical preservation building improvements to maintain compliance with applicable laws, development analysis, rent abatement and/or tenant concessions for up to 3 years to stabilize market rent. 
STATUS: CLOSED
REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS (RFA) Release Date: Friday, February 25, 2022 Deadline Date: Friday, April 8, 2022 at 4:00PM ET



LOCALLY MADE MANUFACTURING GRANT (DMPED)
The Locally Made Manufacturing Grant program supports local businesses that are located in a Great Streets corridor that engage in light manufacturing by providing funding for capital or tenant improvements of commercial property with a designated industrial use. This grant is intended to grow the District’s local business economy, bolster manufacturing, and strengthen supply chains within the city.
STATUS: CLOSED
REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS (RFA) Release Date: Friday, February 25, 2022 Deadline Date: Friday, March 25, 2022 at 4:00PM ET


EMPLOYER PARTNERSHIP TRAINING GRANT (DCWORKS)
The Employer Partnership Training Grant will provide 8-12 grants to eligible employers or business organizations to provide training to help ensure they have the talent they require for their businesses to grow and thrive, and ensure DC residents have the skills and credentials to access and progress in in-demand careers.

STATUS: CLOSED  
Closed: April 15, 2022

Information Session

More Information:

For more information visit dcworks.dc.gov


DITCH THE DISPOSABLES: GRANTS FOR REUSABLE FOODWARE (DOEE)
DOEE will provide grants to support food-serving businesses and other entities interested in transitioning from disposable to reusable food service ware. Funding can be used to purchase dishwashers, reusable food service ware, or hiring third-party food service ware providers. More information can be found here: doee.dc.gov/disposables.
Launch timing: Spring 2022


CANNABUSINESS ASSISTANCE (DSLBD)
This program will support District residents, particularly returning citizens and veterans, with start-up entrepreneurial resources to enter high barrier-to-entry cannabis industry.
Launch Timing: TBD


DC COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CONSORTIUM GRANT (DSLBD)
This program will provide funds to further build the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Ward 8.
Launch Timing: TBD


PUBLIC RESTROOM PILOT (DSLBD)
This program will provide funding to participating businesses that make their restrooms available free of charge to any person, regardless of whether the person patronizes the business.
Launch Timing: TBD

 

DREAM PITCH 2022 (DSLBD)
The 2022 Dream Pitch program is a cohort-based training for microbusinesses in Wards 7 and 8.
STATUS: CLOSED
Closed: April 1, 2022
View additional information here.


ASPIRE (DSLBD)
This program provides critical training for returning citizen entrepreneurs wanting to establish or maintain a business.
STATUS: CLOSED
Closed: April 1, 2022
View additional information here.

NOURISH DC COLLABORATIVE (DMPED & OP)
The Nourish DC Collaborative will support the development of a robust ecosystem of locally-owned small food businesses in communities in the District where decades of disinvestment have left them underserved by grocery and other food amenities. To achieve this goal, the five partners of the Collaborative will provide flexible loans, catalytic grants, and targeted technical assistance to emerging and existing locally-owned small food businesses in the District of Columbia, with a preference for businesses located in and owned by residents of neighborhoods identified as having high rates of food insecurity, unemployment and poverty, and/or lower life expectancy.
STATUS: CLOSED FOR GRANT APPLICATIONS
OPEN: FOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

Opened: Tuesday, October 26, 2021 | Closed: Tuesday, November 16, 2021
For more information and to inquire about loans and technical assistance visit www.capitalimpact.org/nourishdc.


ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT VENUE RELIEF FUND (DMPED)
The Art Venue Relief Fund is an $8 million grant program that will provide financial relief to art venues that have continued to experience significant economic distress throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
STATUS: CLOSED
Opened: Friday, November 19, 2021 | Closed: Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 5PM EST
For all other inquiries related to the Arts and Entertainment Venue Relief Fund, contact [email protected].
Arts and Entertainment Venue Relief Fund Awardees


STREETS FOR PEOPLE (OP)
Streets for People will provide grants to Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) to activate public spaces in the Central Washington area. The program aims to catalyze economic recovery and support local businesses by attracting workers, residents, and visitors to a vibrant area of activated blocks, sidewalks, streets, and parks.
STATUS: CLOSED

GREAT STREETS RETAIL SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS (DMPED)
Great Streets is the District’s commercial revitalization initiative designed to support existing small businesses, attract new businesses, increase the District’s tax base, create new job opportunities for District Residents, and transform 13 emerging corridors into thriving and inviting neighborhood centers. Learn more at greatstreets.dc.gov.
STATUS: CLOSED
Opened: Monday, December 20, 2021 | Closed: Monday, January 31, 2022 at 5:00PM EST

 

COMMERCIAL FOOD WASTER INNOVATION GRANTS (DSLBD)
This program will reduce food waste in our commercial corridor dumpsters which draws in rats and other vermin causing secondary health impacts while reducing disposal costs for local food businesses.
STATUS: CLOSED
Opened: December 10, 2021 | Closed: Monday, February 14, 2022 at 2PM EST


EMPLOYER PARTNERSHIP TRAINING GRANT
The Employer Partnership Training Grant will provide 8-12 grants to eligible employers or business organizations to provide training to help ensure they have the talent they require for their businesses to grow and thrive, and ensure DC residents have the skills and credentials to access and progress in in-demand careers.
STATUS: CLOSED

More information:

 

Previous/Closed Business Funding Opportunities
 

THE BRIDGE FUND (DMPED)
Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) launched The Bridge Fund, a $100 million investment in businesses and workers grappling with the COVID-19 public health emergency in the hospitality, entertainment and retail sectors. The Bridge Fund is devised to assist small business employers with maintaining operations and employees. Through The Bridge Fund, the District will strategically invest to sustain the hospitality, entertainment and retail industries to help mitigate the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on workers and businesses.

Another round of The Bridge Fund launched on January 24, 2022 to support economic recovery and long-term viability of brick-and-mortar restaurant, retail & entertainment businesses still grappling with the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Funds will be disbursed via four programs:

  • Restaurant Bridge Fund – $35 million – Application Closed
  • Retail Bridge Fund – $15 million – Application Closed
  • Entertainment Bridge Fund – $20 million – Application Closed
  • Hotel Bridge Fund – $30 million – Application Closed

View the Chart of Example Eligible Business Types to see which Bridge Fund program your business may be eligible for.

Bridge Fund Recipients

  • View grant recipient list here.

 

STREATERY WINTER READY GRANT PROGRAM (MONC)
The Mayor's Office of Nightlife and Culture provided a one-time grants to restaurants that offered outdoor dining in the District. Streatery Winter Ready Grant Program funds may be used for outdoor dining winterization purposes and to maintain outdoor dining operations.


2021 CITYWIDE ROBUST RETAIL GRANTS (DSLBD)
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 awarded 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.

Applications for the 2021 Robust Retail: Citywide grants closed January 28, 2021 at 2:00 PM EST.


DC SMALL BUSINESS RECOVERY MICROGRANTS (DMPED)
COVID-19 has had a profound impact on local businesses and organizations, and the DC Government understood that relief was needed right away. The DC Small Business Recovery Microgrants Program, administered by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), was created by the COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 on March 17, 2020 just days after the public health emergency was declared in the District of Columbia.

In administering this program, DMPED chose to provide relief to as many eligible DC businesses as possible. Ninety-five percent of applicants were determined eligible and were issued an award notification. Microgrant award amounts were objective and based on operation costs, revenue, number of District resident employees and business tenure. The grant allowed businesses to cover employee wages and benefits, (including fringe benefits associated with employment, such as health insurance), accounts payable, fixed costs, inventory, rent, and utilities.

The microgrant amounts varied based on business type: $1,000 was granted to independent contractors, sole proprietors, self-employed; $2,500 was the minimum for all other awards and the average award is approximately $6,000, maximum award is approximately $14,000.

The COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 required DMPED to share microgrant program information to the public by June 1. Below you will find the microgrant process timeline, full report of grantees, and other interesting data sets from the program and related press releases. All information is based on data as of 2/11/2021.

The application period closed April 1, 2020.

Press

DC Small Business Recovery Microgrant Interactive Dashboard

Below is the DC Small Business Recovery Microgrant Interactive Dashboard which includes a summary of grant awardees displayed by Ward and broken down into classes of the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).

Public Link: https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/a810e8a2cf0a479d8e9a4ac6d5cf7d14


DC Small Business Recovery Microgrant Recipients

  • View the DC Small Business Recovery Microgrant Recipients List (Full List) Report here. 


Breakdown of DC Small Business Recovery Microgrant Applications

Note: The difference in the applications received vs. businesses awarded are applicants who declined the grant, were non-responsive, or ineligible.

 

DC Small Business Recovery Microgrant Conditional Awards by Ward
(Updated February 11, 2021 to reflect geocoding of addresses)

Due to the lower volume of applications received from Wards 7 and 8, DMPED worked with DHCD and community-based organizations to open a supplemental grant program, which awarded 183 businesses. These 183 businesses are included in the table above.


SMALL BUSINESS RESILIENCY FUND (DMPED)
The Small Business Resiliency Fund is a part of the District’s efforts to meet the existing and future COVID-19 related needs for District’s small businesses to help businesses continue operations while protecting people, assets and presence.

The Small Business Resiliency Fund provided $3 million in emergency operational funding and was open to small, local businesses in the District of Columbia with 50 or fewer employees and independently owned restaurants without regard to employee-size.

Grant monies may be used for:

  • Business model strategy redesigning and pivoting
  • Business continuity plan development
  • Strengthening of digital retail experiences including complimentary e-commerce platforms and/or online shops to bolster brick-and- mortar business
  • New marketing efforts
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) and/or disinfection products.

Small Business Resiliency Fund Grantees

  • View grant recipient list here.


LEGACY BUSINESS SUPPLEMENTAL MICROGRANTS (DMPED)
As part of the District’s coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery efforts, the Legacy Business Supplemental Funding designated approximately $3.25 million of remaining funds from the Small Business Recovery Microgrants Program to support businesses that have been operating in the District for at least 20 years.

DC HOPE COMMUNITY GRANTS 2020
Mayor Bowser announced non-profit organizations in the District of Columbia are eligible to apply for federal grant money, provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, to support community social distancing engagement and public health awareness outreach efforts.

The 2020 DC HOPE Community Grants provided a total of $10 million in funding to support programs that address the District’s public health emergency priorities as it relates to coronavirus (COVID-19) in the following areas:

  • Increasing buy-in and participation in the District’s Contact Trace Force
  • Purchase and distribution of personal protection equipment
  • Social distancing protective measures
  • Public health awareness
  • Connecting residents to testing sites and health care providers

The recipients of the FY2020 DC HOPE Community Grant can be found at FY2020 DC HOPE Community Grant Recipients.


DC EAST OF THE RIVER SMALL BUSINESS ECONOMIC RELIEF MICROGRANT PROGRAM FOR WARDS 7 AND 8 (DMPED & DHCD)
F
ollowing on Mayor Bowser’s DC Small Business Recovery Microgrants Program, the Department of Housing and Community Development launched an additional grant opportunity specifically for small businesses in Ward 7 and 8.

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) made available approximately $800,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding allocated from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to eligible for-profit small businesses.

Businesses must demonstrate a need for short-term working capital to retain jobs held by low- and moderate-income employees that may be lost due to business closures related to COVID-19. The program will provide support up to $10,000 for short term working capital to fund wages to avoid job loss caused by business closures or reduction in business due to social distancing, rent, utilities, interim operating expenses.

Applications were accepted until 10 am on Friday, May 29, 2020.

DC CHILD CARE PROVIDER RELIEF FUND (DMPED & OSSE)
As part of the District’s coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery efforts, the DC Child Care Provider Relief Fund provided $5 million in emergency operational funding to local child care facilities. Relief funds will be granted to all licensed District child care providers to ensure a supply of child care for families during the public health emergency and recovery period.

The funding was authorized by “COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020” effective March 17, 2020 (D.C. Act 23-247) (and extended by the Coronavirus Support Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Act 23-0326), Coronavirus Support Clarification Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Act 23-332), Coronavirus Support Temporary Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Act 23-0334), the Coronavirus Support Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Act 23-0328), and the Coronavirus Support Second Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Act 23-0405), the “Fiscal Year 2020 Revised Local Budget Emergency Act of 2020” (A23-351), and any subsequent emergency, temporary, or permanent versions of the Acts, and Mayor’s Order 2020-079 and Mayor’s Order 2020-094.

DC Child Care Provider Relief Fund Report

All information is based on data as of 2/9/2021. Final grant awarding is still in progress.

DC Child Care Provider Relief Fund Recipients

  • View grant recipient list here.

Breakdown of DC Child Care Provider Relief Fund Awards

Note: The difference in the Child Care Businesses who were conditionally awarded vs. awarded are the providers who declined the grant, were non-responsive, or ineligible (i.e. permanently closed their facility).

DC Child Care Provider Relief Fund Awards by Type of Provider

DC Child Care Provider Relief Fund Awards by Ward