Small Business Grant Programs

As part of the suite of technical assistance available to small businesses in our commercial corridors, District Bridges has a small business grant program that provides up to $2,000 for projects and services to help your business. 

Our grants can be used for professional services such as accounting, legal assistance, marketing, and web development or for small storefront or interior improvements such as painting, removing the security bars or gates, signage and lighting. 

The next grant cycle will open on Thursday, March 1st, 2018. Applications must be submitted via email with all required documentation. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. The deadline for applications is midnight Monday, April 2nd, 2018. All applicants will be informed of grants award decisions by April, 30th 2018.

Grant Information Session

We will be hosting an Information Session at our office 3400 11th St. NW Suite 200. Washington, DC. 20010 on Thursday, March 1st, 2018 from 8:30am to 9:30am. 


To qualify for a grant, the applicant must:

  • Be incorporated in the District of Columbia, demonstrated by a current business license.
  • Be located within the boundaries of the Columbia Heights and Mount Pleasant Main Street or the Lower Georgia Avenue Main Street boundaries. (See boundary map)
  • Demonstrate the availability of funding for any amount of the project budget that exceeds the amount of the proposed grant.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to complete the project specified in the application and provide documentation of the expenditure of grant funds no later than Tuesday, September 28, 2018.
  • Own the real property where the business is located or have a current lease that expires no less than 24 months from the due date of the application (i.e., lease expires after April 1, 2020).
  • Submit a complete application, including all documents listed in the Application Checklist. 

District Bridges will NOT provide a grant to any of the following types of entities:

  • Adult entertainment.
  • Gas stations.
  • Banks.
  • Home-based businesses.
  • Any organization that discriminates against individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, political affiliation, physical handicap, or any other protected class under the DC Human Rights Act and/or any federal anti-discrimination statute or regulation.
  • Any religions organization that plans to use grant funds to benefit specific denominations or congregations.
  • Nonprofit organizations.
  • District of Columbia agencies.