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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:

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