D.C. Mayor Bowser and the city Council are investing $25 million in 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.

Applications should be completed online.  Small businesses, independent contractors, and the self-employed should apply here.  Non-profit organizations may apply here.  As of now, the application window closes at 6:00pm on Tuesday, March 31st