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Request for Applications (RFA) FY21 Great Streets Legacy Small Business Recovery Grant

FY21 Great Streets Legacy Small Business Recovery Grant
 Release Date: Monday, July 19, 2021

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. (EST)

All applications must be submitted electronically. Hand delivered or mailed applications will not be accepted. Incomplete applications or those submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) is soliciting grant applications from legacy business owners who have been established and in operation in the District of Columbia for a minimum of 20 years seeking financial support to continue operations in one of the thirteen legislatively prescribed Retail Priority Areas (“Great Streets Corridors”) in the District of Columbia (“Legacy Small Business Recovery Grant”).

Legacy businesses are staples in the District’s small business ecosystem, serve as primary contributors to neighborhood identity, and face a significant risk of displacement. Unfortunately, legacy businesses were impacted severely due to the economic downturn caused by the COVID19 pandemic and public health emergency and face a significant risk for continued impairment and/or cessation of operations. Without funding assistance, many of these businesses and specifically those located in historically economically distressed areas and/or owned by historically marginalized groups may not recover and close.

Preserving our longstanding businesses is critical to maintaining a strong local economy and the essence of the District’s vibrancy. The purpose of the Legacy Small Business Recovery Grant is to support historic and longstanding small businesses to retain their history, increase the District’s tax base, create new job opportunities for District residents, and impact designated Great Streets Corridors and emerging commercial corridors.

RFA - FY21 Great Streets Legacy Small Business Recovery Grant

Apply Online:

 FY22 Great Streets Legacy Grant Information Session (

Point of Contact:
DMPED Grants Team
Phone: (202) 727-6365
E-mail: [email protected]