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Notice of Funding Availabilty (NOFA) FY2018 Great Streets Retail Small Business Grant

Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)

FY2018 Great Streets Retail Small Business Grant

Release Date:                Friday, July 14, 2017

Grant Identification No.: DMPED – GHS – 018-RSBG21

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development welcomes submissions from eligible small businesses seeking to improve their place of business through this capital improvement grant program.

Purpose: The purpose of the Great Streets Initiative is to transform certain designated emerging commercial corridors into thriving, walkable, shopable and inviting neighborhood experiences. The Great Streets Initiative does this by supporting existing businesses, attracting new businesses, increasing the District’s tax base, and creating new job opportunities for District residents.

Background Information: The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) invites the submission of applications for Great Streets Retail Small Business Grants. Pursuant to the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Limited Grant-Making Authority Amendment Act 2016, effective October 8, 2016 (D.C. Law 21-160; D.C. Official Code § 1-328.04) and from the Economic Development Special Account pursuant to D.C. Official Code §2-1225.21

Award: DMPED will award up $4,612,822.20 total in grants. Maximum request per application is $50,000.00.

Eligible businesses: A new or existing small business owner whose business location is either within and/or soon to be move to a Great Streets Corridor (see map at:

Ineligible businesses: Adult Entertainment, Auto Body Shops, Financial Institutions, Construction/General Contracting, Home-Based Businesses, Hotel, Liquor Store, Nightclub, Phone Store, Professional Services, and Real Estate Development/Property Management Realtor.

  • 7th Street/Georgia Ave NW
  • Connecticut Avenue NW
  • Georgia Ave NW
  • H Street – Bladensburg Road NE
  • Minnesota/Benning Road NE
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE/
  • South Capitol Street SE/SW
  • New York Avenue SE
  • North Capitol Street NW/NE
  • Pennsylvania Avenue SE
  • Wisconsin Avenue NW
  • Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue NE
  • Rhode Island Avenue NE
  • U Street/14th Street NW (ADMO/Mt. Pleasant)

For additional eligibility requirements and exclusions, please review the Request for Application (RFA) which will be posted at by Friday, July 28, 2017.


Period of Performance: October 2017 through August 2018
Grant Information Sessions: DMPED will host multiple information and live web chat sessions on the Great Streets Corridors. Once confirmed, details about the information sessions will be posted on the Great Streets website at

Contact Name:
Grants Manager
[email protected]

Deadline for Electronic Submission: Applicants must submit a completed online application to DMPED via the MicroEdge system no later than 12 noon EST on Friday, September 8, 2017.