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Bridge Fund Application Now Open

The $40 million Bridge Fund will offer grants to support the recovery and long-term viability of brick-and-mortar small businesses in the restaurant, retail, and entertainment industries that have been significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Awards will range from $20,000-$100,000. This program will prioritize businesses that have not received federal relief funds (Paycheck Protection Program) and microbusinesses with $2.5 million or less in revenue.

Use of Award

  • Business rent/mortgage (at least 50% of the award must be applied to rent)
  • Payroll and labor
  • Inventory (supplies but not merchandise for sale)
  • Operating expenses

Eligible businesses

The Bridge Fund will be open to businesses that meet the following criteria:

  • A small business in the restaurant, retail, or entertainment sector
  • Has an active DC Basic Business License and an active ABRA License, if applicable
  • For-profit, small business physically located in the District of Columbia at a brick-and-mortar location
  • Generated no more than $5 million in gross receipts each in 2019, 2020, and 2021
  • During the period April 1, 2020 to December 31, 2021, able to demonstrate at least a 30% loss of revenue when comparing the best consecutive three-month period with the worst consecutive three-month period

Application & Deadline

Opened: Monday, January 24, 2022 at 12:00 PM/EST

Deadline: Friday, February 25, 2022 at 5:00 PM/EST

For more information on the Bridge Fund, application and eligibility click here.


For questions regarding the grant and application, please contact

For more resources and information on additional FY22 business funding opportunities visit


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