Small Business Grants

Current Grants from District Bridges

Chevy Chase Main Street

The Chevy Chase Main Street (CCMS) program will provide a grant of up to $1,000 for small businesses in the Main Street corridor. Only businesses located within the Chevy Chase Main Street boundaries are eligible to apply. Funds can be used for technical assistance, exterior and storefront improvements, interior renovations, security improvements, and/or equipment. Applications are due Thursday, June 17, 2021, by 5:00 pm. No extensions will be considered.  If you have any questions or need assistance preparing your application, please contact Alex Krefetz, Program Manager of CCMS, at

Current Grants from Other Agencies and Organizations

National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) Growth Grants: NASE grants are worth up to $4,000 and can be used for all types of activities, like purchasing new equipment, hiring help, and creating promotional material. To be eligible, businesses must be a member of the NASE, show how the grant will improve their business, and offer supporting documentation such as a resume and business plan. Applications are reviewed quarterly in April, July, October, and January.

The SBA announced that the deadline to apply for a COVID-19 pandemic Economic Injury Disaster Loan has been extended to December 31, 2021. Loans are offered at affordable terms, including a 3.75% interest rate for small businesses and 2.75% for non-profit organizations, a 30-year maturity, and an automatic deferment of one year before monthly payments begin. All eligible small businesses and nonprofits are encouraged to apply. Learn more and apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan

Caleb Brown Urban Entrepreneur Community Grant: Award $1,000 and 500 hours of business consulting from Caleb Brown for one year. Eligibilities: (1) Must serve an Urbanized Area, (2) Applicants must be residents, or other invested members of the community that is proposed to be served by the company. (3) Start-up, for-profit businesses opened for less than three years. Funding decisions will be made by the 5th of each month and awardees must attend a presentation event. Deadline: Due on the 15th of every month by 5pm. 

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Visible Hands Fellowship applications are now open. Find your co-founding team, build a startup from scratch, receive a $25K upfront investment, and qualify for an additional investment of up to $175K. Learn more here.

The Barstool Fund:The Barstool Fund is a revolving crowdfunding campaign aiming to help struggling small businesses with anything they need. Interested businesses must submit an application to be considered as a featured recipients of support on their crowdfunding platform. Be prepared to provide a short video describing your business and how you’d use the funds. To determine their eligibility for the grant and for additional information, businesses can set up a phone call with Barstool via their online application.


Stacy’s Rise Project: Stacy’s Rise Project aims to empower small business owners to grow their businesses through the use of a mentorship program and a cash prize of $10,000. To be eligible for the grant, business owners must be at least 50% female-founded with annualized sales of between $25,000 and $1 million, participate in the virtual Mentorship Program, and not be part of an accelerator program at the time of entry. The deadline is July 9th, 2021, at 6:00 PM EST.

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Black Founder Start-Up Grant: SoGal Foundation has teamed up with Winky Lux, bluemercury, twelveNYC, and other sponsors are providing several $10K and $5K cash grants and fundraising support to Black women or nonbinary entrepreneurs. To qualify, you should: (1) Self-identify as a Black woman or Black nonbinary entrepreneur; (2) Have a legally registered business; (3) Plan to seek investor financing in order to scale; (4) Have a scalable, high-impact solution or idea with the ambition to be the next billion dollar business. Rolling application, with new grantees awarded at the end of each month. Grantees will be chosen at random. More info and application here.

Jane Walker • IFundWomen First Women Grant Program: $10K grants to 15 groundbreaking women-owned businesses across Entertainment & Film, Music, Sports, Journalism and Hospitality plus a one-year IFundWomen Annual Coaching Membership. Eligibility includes: Generate at least $25K in annual revenue, Have been in business for at least 2 years, and Be a self-identified woman entrepreneur with at least 51% ownership in your business. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis through June 2021.

Bank of America has partnered with Kiva US to loan woman entrepreneurs $1,000-$15,000 with 0% interest for 12-42 month repayment terms. Click this link to see if you are eligible.

Idea Cafe Small Business Grant: $1K grants plus advertising opportunities for business owners open for at least 6 months. Applications are ongoing. More info here.