Who We Serve

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We are official providers of the D.C. Storefront Improvement Program. Through it, property and business owners located within select DC Business Districts are eligible for design assistance and storefront improvements through a matching grant typically up to $20,000 per façade. The Program’s goal is to improve the appearance of commercial districts in transitional areas, making them more appealing to customers and potential new business operators. Eligible property and business owners located are encouraged to participate.

The Storefront Improvement Program may contribute half or sometimes up to two-thirds of design and construction costs while the owner is required to provide a matching contribution that is approximately one-third to one-half of the project costs. Eligible improvements include repairing or replacing existing awnings, lighting, signs, doors, windows, exterior damage or finishes. This is not to be confused with D.C.’s “Great Streets” program which has different eligibility, different target areas and has a different funding source.

The Program is administered across many neighborhoods of the District by DC Facades, a local Certified Business Enterprise, and supported by local nonprofit partners who received support from the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). DC Facades and its partners will coordinate the work which means providing: building repair assessments, architectural drawings, contractor procurement, construction permits, project oversight and reporting. However, the Program still requires your cooperation to make this project happen.

Applications will be accepted to the Program on a rolling basis while grant funds are available. Different neighborhoods have different amounts of funding available as our team tries to avoid having neighborhoods competing for funds. Drawings and improvements will be completed in the order that individuals submit completed applications and are approved to participate.

To learn more, please download our brochure and application. Send completed applications to info@dcfacades.com.

Grantee Year Amount Details
SB Works 2018 $235,310.00 Manage Façade Program
SB Works 2018 $250,040.00 SBTA
Friends of Rhode Island Avenue 2018 $2,500.00 Heritage
Friends of Rhode Island Avenue 2018 $125,000.00 SBTA
Friends of Rhode Island Avenue 2018 $244,000.00 Manage Façade Program
Barracks Row Main Street 2018 $800,000.00 Manage Façade Program
Studio 202 2017 $50,000.00 Interior Build-Out, General Facade Work
SB Works 2017 $150,000.00
SB Works 2017 $175,000.00 SBTA
Friends of Rhode Island Avenue 2017 $96,000.00 SBTA
Barracks Row Main Street 2017 $775,000.00
Friends of Rhode Island Avenue 2017 $254,000.00 Manage Façade Program
SB Works 2016 $224,024.00 SBTA
Global Print Masters 2016 $50,000.00 Interior Build-Out, General Facade Work
Friends of Rhode Island Avenue 2016 $150,000.00
Barracks Row Main Street 2016 $750,000.00
Friends of Rhode Island Avenue 2016 $70,000.00 SBTA
Friends of Rhode Island Avenue 2015 $50,000.00 SBTA
Friends of Rhode Island Avenue 2015 $135,000.00
DC Sharp 2015 $50,000.00
Barracks Row Main Street 2015 $674,292.00 Manage Façade Program
5 Points Business Center 2015 $50,000.00 Interior Build-Out, General Facade Work
Who's Cookin LLC 2014 $50,000.00 Interior Build-Out, Equipment
Studio Elan 2014 $50,000.00 Interior Build-Out, General Facade Work
Good Food Market 2014 $50,000.00 Interior Build-Out, General Facade Work
Barracks Row Main Street 2014 $300,000.00
Mess Hall 2013 $50,000.00
Health IT2 2013 $50,000.00
Barracks Row Main Street 2013 $398,200.00
Barracks Row Main Street 2013 $400,000.00
Metro Mutts 2012 $56,000.00 Interior Build-Out, Equipment
Fitness Together 2012 $85,000.00
Bikram Yoga 2012 $50,000.00 Interior Build-Out, Manage Façade Program
Barracks Row Main Street 2012 $474,253.00
Missouri Avenue Market 2011 $85,000.00 Interior Build-Out, Manage Façade Program
Barracks Row Main Street 2011 $27,390.00 Great Streets
Dollar Plus Savings 2011 $85,000.00 Interior Build-Out, Manage Façade Program
Barracks Row Main Street 2010 $167,400.00 Manage Façade Program