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DC Small Business Recovery Microgrants

The application period is CLOSED as of at 12 pm Wednesday, April 1.

Mayor Bowser and the Council of the District of Columbia are investing $25 million in the COVID-19 Recovery Effort and the DC Small Business Recovery Microgrants Program, which will be housed in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. 

Pursuant to the “COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020” effective March 17, 2020 (D.C. Act 23-247), the DC Small Business Recovery Microgrants Program will offer grants to small, local businesses, independent contractors, self-employed individuals, and nonprofits to meet their short-term financial needs. The grant can cover employee wages and benefits (including fringe benefits associated with employment, such as health insurance), accounts payable, fixed costs, inventory, rent, and utilities.

Step One: Determine If Are You Eligible

Eligibility Chart

Step Two: Prepare Your Documents

Before you start your application, please prepare the following documents. If you have all of your documents, the application can take up to 30-40 minutes; if you do not, it can take over an hour.  If your business has been in operation less than 2 years, please provide documentation for the years your business has been in operation. If you do not provide the necessary documentation, it will delay the processing of your application.

For Small Businesses, Independent Contractors, or Self-Employed:

  • Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) or Social Security Number (Look for this in a previously filed tax return or by following these tips from the IRS. Names and addresses in this application should match your EIN registration.)
  • Documentation of the business owner or owners’ state residency (such as a driver’s license or bill)
  • Payroll or roster of employees and their states of residence (dated for the week prior to March 11, 2020) (if applicable)
  • Financial Documents:
    • 2018 federal tax return (Only applicable if your business was in operation in 2018. Personal returns will be accepted for independent contractors and self-employed individuals.)
    • 2019 income statement showing monthly sales (Feel free to use your format, such as downloading from your accounting software, or use this free template if needed.)
    • 2020 year-to-date (January - March) income statement (Feel free to use your format, such as downloading from your accounting software, or use this free template if needed.)
    • Supporting documentation for potential revenue in April 2020 (such as proof of canceled contracts, revenue-generating events, etc.)
    • Other Supporting Documentation

For Non-Profits:

  • Federal Employer Identification Number (Look for this in a previously filed tax return or by following these tips from the IRS. Names and addresses in this application should match your EIN registration.)
  • Payroll or roster of employees and their states of residence (dated for the week prior to March 11, 2020)
  • Financial Documents:
    • 2018 Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax (Form 990) (If you don’t have these, be prepared to provide an explanation.)
    • 2019 Statement of Activities showing revenues less expenses (You can download this from your accounting software.)
    • 2020 year-to-date (January-March) statement of activities or other documentation showing revenues less expenses (You can download this from your accounting software.)
    • Supporting documentation for potential revenue in April 2020 (such as proof of canceled contracts, revenue-generating events, etc.)
  • Other Supporting Documentation

STEP THREE: APPLY

Please use the Application Guide and FAQ Documents to walk you through every step of the application process.

Application Guide and Troubleshooting Tips - English