(Washington, DC) – On December 28, 2012, the Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (OAPIA) announced that they will partner with ODMPED on the Great Streets Small Business Capital Improvement Grant. OAPIA will assist in promoting this grant opportunity to the District’s Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) retail owners through outreach and also provide language assistance to AAPI applicants who have limited English proficiency.
The purpose of the grant is to support existing small businesses, attract new small businesses, increase the District’s tax base and create new jobs for District residents.
“Locally owned businesses and business owners are the economic engine of this city,” said Deputy Mayor Hoskins. “The District is offering opportunities to competitively apply for business grant offerings for physical improvements to retail spaces and is working in other ways with small business owners to keep their businesses viable in the expanding retail market for years to come...”
According to U.S. Census’ 2007 Survey of Business Owners, there are 3,278 Asian owned businesses in the District. This was an 83 percent increase from 2002 by Asian owned firms. Of the Asian owned, the most were run by Koreans (917), followed by Chinese (806) and Asian Indian (629).
“This is a great opportunity for our District's Asian American retail business owners to improve their retail spaces. We are here to help the store owners with language barriers. Please contact us for assistance and hope to see more store owners who take advantage of this awesome opportunity.” says OAPIA Director Julie Koo.
The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (ODMPED) allocated $1.6M for this round of funding and will be awarding individual grants up to a maximum of $85,000 each to successful applicants.
The targeted corridors that qualify for the grants are: Georgia Avenue NW, Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue NE, Pennsylvania Avenue SE, 7th Street NW and North Capitol St NW.
The deadline for grant submission is Friday, February 15, 2013.
ODMPED will also be holding informational workshops at the following locations and times:
7th & North Capital Street NW
January 7, 2013
Banneker Recreation Center
2500 Georgia Ave. NW
Georgia Avenue NW
January 8, 2013
Fort Stevens Recreation Center
1327 Van Buren Street NW
Nannie Helen Burroughs
January 9, 2013
HD Woodson STEM High School
540 55th Street NE
Pennsylvania Avenue SE
January 10, 2013
6D MPD Substation
2701 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
Georgia Avenue NW
January 14, 2013
Kennedy Recreation Center
1401 7th Street NW
To find out more information about the grant and workshops, please call (202) 727-6365 or email [email protected].