Some of our local businesses could see a face lift soon as part of a new grant program targeting the 12th Street, NE business corridor called the Storefront Improvement Program (SIP). The SIP is primarily funded by a $25,000 contribution from Abdo Development, and$5,000 in matching funds from the DC government. Abdo made the contribution as part of the amenities package associated with the Monroe Street Market development. The District Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) is managing the grant program, which will pay for storefront improvements. The DSLBD conducted a similar program in 2009, which provided signage, awning, lighting and other improvements to 12th Street businesses Pizza Boli’s (now Pizza Kingdom), Brookland Grill, Total Relaxation, Michigan Liquor, and the Menkiti Group. The grant application process is online only, at the DSLBD’s Small Business Recource Center (SBRC) with a May 15 deadline. To register, applicants must sign up to be a SBRC Client here and don’t forget to put “12th Street SIP” in the notes section of the form. For more information, contact program manager Camille Nixon at 202-741-0821 or camille(dot)nixon(at)dc(dot)gov.
(Hat Tip: Ward 5 Heartbeat)