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 $4,000 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 Friday, March 31st, by 5:00 PM. No extensions will be considered. Grant awards will be announced by Friday, April 21st, 2023.

If you have any questions or need assistance preparing your application, please contact Anna Claire Walker, Program Manager of CCMS, at

Current Grants from Other Agencies and Organizations

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.

Helping Underrepresented Small Businesses Thrive: American Express is partnering with Main Street America to launch a $1.65M year-round program called Inclusive Backing. Applications will open Nov. 18 at 9am CT.

Learn more.

The Amber Grant for Women is a revolving monthly $10,000 grant and a yearly $25,000 grant awarded to women-owned businesses. The finalists from the monthly grant application, with the exception of the winner, will receive $1,000, and the winner will be automatically eligible for the yearly grant. To qualify for the grant, you must be a female business owner and must be willing to submit a $15.00 deposit with your submission.

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. 

Application here, submitted to 

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.

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.

Fast Break for Small Business: LegalZoom is committing $6 million in grants and services to help small business owners. The grant program is focused on reaching entrepreneurs of color, women, LGBTQ+ people, low- to moderate-income small business owners, immigrants, and others who have historically had limited access to financing for their business.

Learn more and apply 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.


The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development and The Nourish DC Collaborative are excited to announce the opening of the Catalytic Grant application to support local small food businesses increasing access to healthy food and creating quality jobs in DC.

More information and application

District Bridges provides grant funding to small businesses for various projects in our designated Main Street corridors. The responsibility of the project implementation, management, and government and legal compliance is solely with the receiving entity.