DowntownDC BID $1 Million Pandemic Assistance Grant Program 


The DowntownDC BID $1 Million Pandemic Assistance Grant Program will supplement and compliment the federal and DC governments grant programs by providing grants to those DowntownDC small businesses and organizations that:

  • do not qualify for those grant programs
  • do qualify for those grant programs but have experienced revenue declines of over 25% during the pandemic 
  • meet all eligibility requirements below
Grant Size: 

$5,000 to $15,000 

Number of Grants Anticipated:

50 – 150

Use of Funds:

Awarded funds can be used for payroll, rent, mortgage payments and other overhead.

Key Dates: 
  • January 14, 2021, 9 AMApplication period begins 
  • February 4, 2021, 5 PM (extended from January 28)Application period ends 
  • February 5, 2021 (extended from January 29): Notification period begins
  • February 6 – February 19, 2021 (extended from January 30 – February 4): Grant dollars disbursed, upon receipt of all required applicant information
  • Business must be located in DowntownDC BID (if business operates more than one location in DowntownDC BID area, that business may apply for a grant on behalf of each DowntownDC location)
  • Food service and non-restaurant retail (view example eligible business types)
  • Business or organization must be open for business currently  
  • Business must demonstrate revenue decline for April – December 2020 of 25% or more when compared to the same months in 2019 
  • Business operates fewer than ten locations outside of the D.C. region
Grant Size Factors: 
  • Pre-pandemic revenue 
  • Decline in sales during April –December 2020 compared to April – December 2019 
  • Number of applications received
Application Process: 

Applications will open on January 14, 2021. Businesses can prepare by compiling the following documents:  

  • DC Sales Tax Forms for Apr 2019—Dec 2019 
  • DC Sales Tax Forms for Apr 2020—Dec 2020   

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