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FY23 Business Funding Opportunities

Various existing and new grant programs and procurement opportunities for DC businesses will be available through the DMPED cluster in fiscal year 2023. See below for the calendar and program descriptions. Program details and updates will be added here as they become available.

VITALITY FUND (DMPED)
The Vitality Fund is a new tool that will enhance DC’s competitiveness in attracting new, high-growth companies to the District by providing grants to employers with 25 or more employees that commit to locating in the Vitality Fund Target Area and hiring and contracting locally.

View more information about the Vitality Fund.

STATUS: OPEN


CREATIVE AND OPEN SPACE MODERNIZATION GRANT (DMPED)
The purpose of the Creative and Open Space Modernization tax rebate is to foster the development of technology-focused businesses in the District, increase the District’s tax base, and create new job opportunities for District residents. Available to qualifying high-technology companies.

STATUS: OPEN

INCLUSIVE INNOVATION EQUITY IMPACT FUND (DMPED)
The Inclusive Innovation Equity Impact Fund will support businesses eligible to be equity impact enterprises (EIE) 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.

View more information and to apply here.

STATUS: OPEN  

Open: September 12, 2022  8:00 AM (EST)
Closing:  January 31, 2023 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].

SPECIAL EVENT RELIEF FUND (DMPED)
Mayor Bowser and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) launched the Special Event Fee Relief Fund, a $1.5 million investment to support events that celebrate the culture of the District of Columbia and support local communities. The Special Event Relief Fund allows organizers of festivals and outdoor special events to apply for financial assistance to cover event expenses. More information is here.

Opening: October 7, 2022 12PM EST

THE BRIDGE FUND 3.0 (DMPED)
Many small businesses are still recovering from economic injury experienced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bridge Fund will provide financial relief to small businesses and sole proprietors in the retail, restaurant, and entertainment sectors that earned $5 million or less and experienced revenue losses or significant costs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This program will prioritize businesses that have not received prior relief funds.

Opening: November 28, 2022, 12PM EST  Apply here 
Closing: January 13, 2023 at 5:00 PM ET

More information here!


CHERRY BLOSSUM BUS TOUR MARKETING (DMPED)
DMPED will contract with a communications/marketing company to develop a marketing campaign and bus tour to promote the 2023 National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Opening: RFP in Fall 2022

 

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. This year businesses will need to complete the Commercial Property Acquisition 101 course in order to apply for the Fund.

STATUS: OPEN now on a rolling basis until funds are expended.

Prior to applying for the CPAF grant, a mandatory three-part training program must be completed. To have access to the three-training program, please click here. After submitting your training form, please apply here.

Program Guidance:

For all inquiries related to the Commercial Property Acquisition Fund, contact: [email protected]


FY23 REIMAGINE DOWNTOWN ACTION PLAN & ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM GRANT (DMPED)
The FY23 Reimagine Downtown Action Plan & Engagement Program Grant (“Reimagine Downtown Action Plan & Engagement Program” or “Program”) will be support the development of an action plan to reimagine the District’s downtown area as a more vibrant, mixed-use destination for residents, workers, tourists and businesses. The grant will provide funding for expert analysis, targeted stakeholder engagements, and ultimately a set of targeted initiatives that can represent a detailed roadmap for downtown reimagination programming.

STATUS: Opening Friday, February 17th, 2023

Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) - Released: Friday, January 27, 2023 - Click here to view and download.

Request for Application (RFA) Release Date: Friday, February 17th, 2023
Grant Identification No.: DMPED – FY23 – RDAPEP

NOURISH DC COLLABORATIVE (DMPED & OP)
The Nourish DC Collaborative supports the development of a robust ecosystem of locally-owned small food businesses in communities in the District. Nourish DC Collaborative provides 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.

View more information and to apply visit www.capitalimpact.org/nourishdc.

STATUS: CLOSED
Opened: October 26, 2022
Closed: November 20 , 2022


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: OPEN

Opened: December 12, 2022
Application Closes: January 13, 2023 at 5:00 pm ET


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. 
Opening: January 30, 2023
Click here to view the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).
Request for Application (RFA) Release Date: Monday, January 30, 2023


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.
Opening: January 30, 2023
Click here to view the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).
Request for Application (RFA) Release Date: Monday, January 30, 2023

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.
Opening: January 23, 2023
Click here to view the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)
Request for Application (RFA) Release Date: Monday, January 23, 2023


DC FAMILY FUN DESTINATIONS (DMPED)
This new grant program will support the creation or enhancement of family-friendly attractions, with a focus on the downtown area.
Opening: Winter 2023

Point of Contact for DMPED business grant applications: 
DMPED Grants Team
Phone: (202) 727-6365
Email: [email protected]

 

2023 FOGGY BOTTOM WEST END FEASIBILITY STUDY GRANT (DSLBD)
The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) is excited to announce that it is accepting applications for the Foggy Bottom West End Feasibility Study Grant for the Fiscal Year 2023. DSLBD will award one service area grant for $100,000 to a qualified nonprofit organization or a Certified Business Enterprise (CBE).

The Grant objectives are to produce a feasibility study addressing the feasibility of a D.C. Main Streets program for a Foggy Bottom and West End commercial corridor. The focus must be on its necessity, practicability, sustainability, viability, benefits, and compatibility with the D.C. Main Streets program. The grant opens on January 9, 2023, and will close on January 30, 2023, at 4:00 PM (EST).

Applicants are encouraged to read the full Request for Application. For more information, click here.

STATUS: OPEN

Opened: January 9, 2023
Closing: January 30, 2023, 4:00 PM (EST)

Click here to view the NOFA.
Click here to view the RFA. (Updated January 9, 2022)


CBE GREEN GRANT (DSLBD)
The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) is excited to announce that it will begin soliciting applications for the Fiscal Year 2023 CBE Green Equitable Back Office and Marketing Services (CBE Green) Grants starting October 19, 2022. The CBE Green grants are for DSLBD Certified Business Enterprises (CBEs) to provide direct support to small, resident-owned, and disadvantaged CBEs pursuing contracting opportunities with and similar to DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) opportunities. DSBLD seeks proposals from CBEs to provide market research, marketing, and back-office (business operations) support to help CBEs achieve success with green energy contracts.

View more information and apply here.

STATUS: CLOSED

Opened: October 19, 2022 8AM EST
Closed: December 2, 2022 2:00PM EST


WE ASPIRE (DSLBD)
The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2023 WeAspire Training and Pitch Competition. The training program and competition are for DC residents who were previously incarcerated and/or justice involved (parole or probation) and seeking to build or launch their businesses. WeAspire will include a 14-week business training program and through a series of pitch competitions, Aspire participants will be awarded direct financial support for their businesses. Every participant who completes Aspire Pitch will receive $2,000 in pitch awards as well as in-kind contributions such as financial advising, marketing assistance, and mentorship. In partnership with Marshall Heights Community Development Organization, DSLBD intends to allocate up to $10,000 in pitch prize funding for each pitch participant from the $200,000 in available funding. 

STATUS: OPEN

Opened: January 17, 2023
Closing: February 28, 2023 2:00PM


To apply and learn more click here.



FOOD WASTE INNOVATION GRANTS (DSLBD)
The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) is excited to announce that we will be soliciting applications for the FY23 Food Waste Innovation Grants starting on October 24, 2022. 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 landfill and minimize urban rat populations. This will help businesses meet the goals of Sustainable DC and the future requirements of the Zero Waste Omnibus Act while reducing costs in both food purchasing and waste disposal expenses. Eligible applicants are food businesses that are appropriately licensed and with fewer than 25 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees. Nonprofits are also eligible when providing direct support for multiple eligible businesses.

DSLBD intends to award between 10 and 25 grants from the $300,000 available for direct grants.

View more information and apply here

STATUS: CLOSED
Opened: October 24, 2022 8:00 AM EST
Closing: December 22, 2022 2:00 PM EST
 

2023 DREAM PITCH PROGRAM (DSLBD)
The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) is excited to announce that we will be accepting applications for the 2023 Dream Pitch Program starting January 23, 2023. The Dream Pitch Program is an 8-week cohort-based training program for microbusinesses in Ward 7 and 8, culminating into the Dream Pitch Competition. The Dream Pitch Competition is an opportunity for participants to pitch their business to a panel of judges, showcasing the knowledge gained through the program resulting in a pitch award between $2000 to $7500.

STATUS: OPEN

Opened: January 23, 2023
Closing: March 6, 2023, 2:00 PM


To apply and learn more, click here.


ROBUST RETAIL CITYWIDE GRANTS (DSLBD)
The 2023 Robust Retail Citywide grant(s) support existing DC-based retail businesses in maintaining operations and viability during the current small business crisis.
Additional information can be found here
Opening: Winter 2023


EQUITY IMPACT ENTERPRISE GRANTS (DSLBD)
This program supports eligible resident-owned small and economically disadvantaged certified business enterprises (CBEs).
View additional information here.
Opening: Winter 2023

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.
Opening : TBD

NEW YORK AVENUE INFRASTRUCTURE ANALYSIS RFP (OP)
OP will develop a report to identify infrastructure and facility improvements needed to accommodate new housing along New York Ave NE.
Opening: Fall 2022

NORTH CAPITAL CROSSROADS VISION RFP (OP)
OP will develop a North Capitol Crossroads Vision, to include urban design, three-dimensional visualizations, public urban connectivity, land use economics, an economic development strategy, equitable urban planning, and public engagement.
Opening: Fall 2022

FOGGY BOTTOM/WEST END PUBLIC LIFE STUDY RFP (OP)
OP will develop a Foggy Bottom/West End Public Life Study, to include a mobility analysis and community engagement.
Opening: Fall 2022

NANNIE HELEN BURROUGHS CORRIDOR STUDY RFP (OP)
OP will develop a Nannie Helen Burroughs study in Ward 7, to include a public life study, design guidelines, and public space activations.
Opening: Fall 2022

IVY CITY SMALL AREA PLAN RFP (OP)
OP will develop a Small Area Plan in Ivy City, to include a public life study, community engagement, a quality of life assessment, and development of public realm design guidelines.
Opening: Fall 2022 

COMMEMORATIVE WORKS TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE RFP (OP)
OP will administer a Commemorative Works Technical Assistance Program for commemoration in the District, to provide design services to District communities, Main Street Organizations, and/or individuals in support of new commemorative works in Wards 4, 5, 7, and 8. OP’s assistance will focus on commemorative works that recognize and honor notable Black Washingtonians, other leaders of color, or events important to BIPOC communities.
Opening: Fall 2022 

CENTRAL PROCESSING SITING AND FEASIBILITY STUDY RFP (OP)
OP will develop a study on the feasibility and siting of a centralized food processing facility in Washington, DC.
Opening: Fall 2022 

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.
Opening: Winter 2023