Great Streets

Great Streets Logo_Medium_clear_ backgroundIn 2006, the Great Streets program began as a three-prong, commercial revitalization initiative to transform emerging corridors throughout the District of Columbia into thriving and inviting neighborhood centers. Led by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) in conjunction with the Office of Planning (OP) and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), Great Streets has grown into a multi-year, multi-agency program that utilizes public actions and resources to leverage private investment in retail, office space, housing, and cultural facilities across the District.

The Government of the District of Columbia through the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) administers the Great Streets Retail Small Business Reimbursement Grants, which are competitive grants of up to $50,000 for qualified small business owners who wish to improve their place of business. The purpose of the grant program is to support existing small businesses, attract new businesses, increase the District’s tax base, create new job opportunities for District residents, and transform emerging commercial corridors into thriving and inviting neighborhood centers.

In 2014 CAUFS leadership worked with the Deputy Mayor to designate the Upper 14th Street corridor a Great Streets zone, starting at 14th & Spring Rd up to 14th & Longfellow (inclusive of the 5500 block of Colorado Ave). Soon after, the City Council voted unanimously in favor of a Great Streets designation for Upper 14th Street. Businesses along Upper 14th Street were then eligible to apply for the Great Streets grants beginning on Oct 1, 2014.

For FY15, the Great Streets grants were up to $80,000. Grants awarded in FY 16 & FY17 were reduced to $50,000.

Business associated with CAUFS receiving Great Streets Grants in FY15, FY16 & FY17 include: