The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) is excited to announce that we will be accepting applications for the Spring 2019 Robust Retail: Citywide grants on a rolling basis starting April 15, 2019 and closing June 15, 2019.

A robust retail sector is critical to maintaining the vibrancy of DC neighborhoods, but market realities are changing for retail businesses. Thus the Robust Retail grant(s) support existing DC-based retail businesses adapting their business model to meet changing customer demand. DSLBD encourages but does not require applicants to include Made in DC products as part of their concept for business model redesign.

DSLBD intends to award up to $10,000 per business for a total of 40 businesses from the $400,000 in available funding for spring/summer 2019. Funds must be fully expended with appropriate receipts and accounting by September 30, 2019.



To support the Robust Retail: Citywide grant application process DSLBD’s Innovation & Equitable Development (Inno.ED) team will lead a grant paperwork boot camp to support applicants navigating eligibility documents. If you are considering applying for the grant, or would simply like to explore these documents in a group setting, you are welcome.

If you have questions regarding the grant or this session, please email the Inno.ED team at As always, this session is free & open to the public. All are welcome. Thanks!