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.
January 2020: 48 local small businesses received grants totaling $2.3 million as part of the FY20 Great Streets Small Business Retail Grant. Read the press release.
July 2019: Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) announced $3 million in Neighborhood Prosperity Fund grants for six diverse projects that will bring new food, retail, and other neighborhood amenities to neighborhoods in Wards 4, 7, and 8. Read more here.
June 2019: DMPED launched the Great Streets Legacy Business Grant to retain important fixtures in the District’s local economy and create new opportunities for businesses that have been established for over 25 years.
May 2019: Mayor Muriel Bowser and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Brian Kenner awarded over $2.1 million in Fiscal Year 2019 Great Streets Small Business Grants to 45 local small businesses. The investment continues Mayor Bowser’s effort to support local businesses, create new job opportunities for DC residents, and grow the District’s emerging neighborhoods. Read the press release here.
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.
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.
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.
- Lead and key partners: Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED)
- Related core sectors: retail
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- Related action areas: space and supports, funding