Great Streets Grants Offer $50,000 for Business Capital Improvements

Great Streets Grants Offer $50,000 for Business Capital Improvements

August 10, 2017

Tenleytown small businesses are eligible to apply for up to $50,000 in funding from the District government for interior and exterior renovations and/or operational improvements. Wisconsin Avenue is among the commercial corridors supported by the Great Streets Retail Small Business Grants, funded through the office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED).

Great Streets grant funding can be used for:

  • build out of a new or vacant space
  • interior and exterior renovations
  • façade improvements
  • heavy equipment upgrades
  • soft costs, including marketing, point-of-sale inventory management systems, and movable equipment and furniture.

Preference will be given to businesses proposing improvements to storefronts and front-of-house areas, as well as those renovating vacant or blighted buildings.

During the last round of grants, 100 small businesses received funding, including Haute Bodhi yoga studio here in Tenleytown. Don’t miss your chance to be a Great Streets grant recipient. Join one of the following live chats offered by DMPED to learn more about the grant program:

  • Monday, August 14, 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday, August 21 1:30 p.m.
  • Monday, August 28 10:00 a.m.

RSVP and find information on additional sessions on the Great Streets website:

Tenleytown businesses can also schedule a one-on-one consultation with Tenleytown Main Street for assistance in developing application materials. Email to schedule an appointment.

For more information, read the full request for applications, with instructions and guidance on applying, available online here.

Applications for Great Streets Retail Small Business Grants are due by noon on Friday, September 8, 2017.

Not ready for a major project? Tenleytown Main Street provides small grants to businesses to repair or replace business signs, awnings, and windows. Businesses can receive up to $7,500 for storefront improvement projects. The application process is easy, and can be found online. Limited funds remain for the FY17 small grants, so submit your application now. The deadline is August 31, 2017.

Tenleytown businesses that have received storefront improvement project grants include: American Valet, CityDance, Haute Bodhi, Le Chat Noir, and Middle C Music.

For questions about the program, contact Leigh Catherine Miles at

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