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District Economic Recovery Team
The District’s Economic Recovery Team (DERT) is working proactively to plan and coordinate how we will restart business activity, support our workforce, and ensure that all of our residents can continue to call Washington D.C. home. We are all in this together – and we will work collaboratively to get through it together. To that end, we invite the input of all stakeholders as we consider new programs and strategies to implement over the short-, intermediate- and long-term to support the recovery of DC’s economy. Provide your input here.
The application closed at 12 pm Wednesday, April 1. DMPED will begin notifying applicants April 29 about their award status and notifications will continue on a rolling basis through May 8.
Also on April 29, Mayor Muriel Bowser and DMPED announced more than $8 million in additional support for the DC Small Business Recovery Microgrant Program adding to the $25 million the Mayor invested to provide relief to local small businesses. By expanding the pool of resources, our intent is to support all eligible applicants.
After notifications are made, funding will be dispersed through local Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) including City First Enterprises, Industrial Bank, Latin Economic Development Corporation (LEDC), Life Assets, Inc. and Washington Area Investment Community Fund (WACIF).
Microgrant Award Forms
US Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Assistance for Small Businesses
Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)
This program provides working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to help qualified small businesses and private nonprofit organizations overcome the temporary loss of revenue as a result of the COVID-19 virus outbreak. Learn more & apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan.
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
This program provides forgivable loans to small businesses and nonprofit organizations to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. Learn more & apply for the Paycheck Protection Program.
Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance
Loan advance of up to $10,000 to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Small businesses, nonprofits, and independent contractors are all eligible to apply. Funds will be made available following a successful application. This loan advance will not have to be repaid. Learn more & apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance.
SBA Loan Program Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations
The $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act builds upon the two earlier pieces of legislation, providing significant funding and tax measures to provide economic relief.
LISC-Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund
The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and Verizon are teaming up to provide grants of up to $10,000 to businesses affected by COVID-19—especially entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other enterprises in historically underserved communities who don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital. Learn more and register for updates on next round in mid-April.
Greater Washington Community Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund
The Community Foundation established the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to support local nonprofits leading emergency preparedness and response efforts to help mitigate the impact on disproportionately affected communities in our region. Through this fund, we are focused on addressing lost wages, providing relief for small businesses and gig economy workers, expanding access to medical services, and meeting the unique needs of people experiencing homelessness, among other needs. Learn more about the emergency response fund.
National Restaurant Association Restaurant Employee Relief Fund
The National Restaurant Association Restaurant Employee Relief Fund was created to help restaurant industry employees experiencing extraordinary hardship in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. Through this fund, grants will be made to restaurant industry employees who have been impacted by COVID-19, including a decrease in wages or loss of employment. More information: https://rerf.us/.
Facebook Small Business Grant Program
Facebook announced a $100 million grant for small businesses impacted by COVID-19 and launched the Business Resource Hub, which features recommendations to help small businesses stay connected to customers and stay on track. More
We're beginning to curate a list of government services, cool things we've seen around DC, and other stuff that can help you make the best of working and living at home.
In light of the spread of COVID-19, the DC Board of Elections encourages ALL residents to request an absentee (mail-in) ballot for the June Primary & Special Elections. Applications for absentee ballot requests can be obtained by calling (202) 741-5283, faxing, or emailing the Board, or they can be made online by going to their website: District of Columbia Board of Elections.
The Department of Parks and Recreation is converting its activities, sports, and programs into online content that you can access at home. Use this free resource guide to incorporate recreation into your stay-at-home routine.
With more more than 15 million free online movies, eBooks, music and more, you have no choice but to explore the DC Public Library’s digital offerings by visiting GoDigital. The Library curated resources to help library customers of all ages find the perfect thing to: Watch, Read, Listen and Learn.
Online Book Club
Join the DC Library's online book club #DCReads.
Library at Home
Neighborhood branches may be closed, but the Library is always open online with Library at Home. Sing, talk, read, listen and learn from the comfort of your own home with these tips and resources.
During these times, one of the most effective ways to reduce anxiety is through exercise and meditation. Therefore, with Mayor Bowser, our gym partners at VIDA Fitness, and featured local trainers, #FITDC offer free at home fitness resources.
Check out our Flatten the Curve Fitness At Home Workouts and follow @myfitdc on social media for more fitness videos and healthy quarantine tips.
Videos for Kids
Videos for Adults & Seniors
Wide Open School is a free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense. There is so much good happening, and we are here to gather great stuff and organize it so teachers and families can easily find it and plan each day. Check it out today: wideopenschool.org
Our television series highlight the vibrancy of DC's culture. Every day, our programming showcases local musicians, restaurants, films, sports and events. Produced by a stellar award-winning team of videographers, editors, producers and AV production specialists, our diverse content offerings keep DC well-informed and entertained—24 hours per day, seven days a week
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