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Enhance Great Streets — a grant program that supports businesses in the District’s key commercial corridors with capital upgrades and strategic support — by expanding eligibility criteria to include longtime businesses that have made significant contributions to DC’s identity and culture, irrespective of location.

Progress Updates:

January 2019: Mayor Bowser broke ground on Good Food Markets, delivering job opportunities and fresh food options to the Bellevue community in Ward 8. Through the Neighborhood Prosperity Fund, South Capitol Improvement LLC received an $880,000 grant to support the buildout for a grocer tenant as part of the 225,000 square-foot development that includes 195 units of affordable housing and 5,500 square-feet of community commercial space. Click here to read the press release.

September 2018: Greats Streets in its FY19 round of applications has expanded eligibility to include: Pharmacies, and Businesses holding a Tavern license that can provide documentation that more than 50% of their sales come from non-alcoholic items.

Adjusted requirements for this grant also include having businesses enroll in the MPD Security camera rebate program, and removal of excessive window papering, point of sale plexiglass, and/or front of business burglar bars where applicable. Learn more and apply here.  

April 2018: Great Streets hosted a Stakeholder roundtable discussion to discuss business eligibility for FY19.  These findings will shape the FY19 Great Streets RFA.

February 2018: Released RFA for FY18 Neighborhood Prosperity Fund with up to $3 million available for catalyzing mixed-used real estate projects in targeted census tracts. Read more here.

October 2017: Mayor Bowser announced the awardees for the Neighborhood Prosperity Fund, a pilot program that provides financial support for non-residential components of mixed-use projects in underserved neighborhoods in Washington, DC. Through the Neighborhood Prosperity Fund, LDP Holdings LLC was awarded $2.1 million for its Penn Hill project located at 3200 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE and South Capitol Improvement LLC was awarded $880,000 for its South Capitol Affordable Housing project located at the intersection of Atlantic and South Capitol Streets, SW. Click here for the full press release.

May 2017: Launched the Neighborhood Prosperity Fund, a pilot program that provides funding for non-residential components of mixed-use projects in underserved neighborhoods in the District — specifically, census tracts where unemployment rates are 10% or greater.

Timeline: in-progress

  • Lead and key partners: Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED)
  • Related core sectors: retail
  • Related opportunity areas: n/a
  • Related action areas: space and supports, funding