Muriel Bowser
**FILE** D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (Roy Lewis/The Washington Informer)

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on Tuesday awarded $5.2 million in grants to 13 businesses through the DC Local Equity, Access and Preservation Funds (DC LEAF) program to improve food access, create new employment opportunities, and stimulate economic development in the city.

“We invest in local businesses because they are the backbone of our economy, they are trusted and valued community partners, and they represent the dreams and aspirations of our residents,” Bowser <a href=”” target=”blank”>said</a> in a statement. “We are proud to support entrepreneurs that step up to help us build a more inclusive and diverse economy, and these LEAF grants represent a $5 million investment in our D.C. values.”

Benefactors of the grants:

Neighborhood Prosperity Fund (NPF) – $3.185 million

Ward 6

D.C. Central Kitchen, Inc.
Award: $340,000
Project: Development of a 36,000-square-foot commercial facility on Buzzard Point that will play a catalytic role in the completion and opening of a retail café, production kitchen, and related office space.

Ward 7

3443 Benning LLC
Award: $250,000
Project: Tenant improvements for a D.C.-based Department of Health Licensed provider of Mental Health Services providing supportive and healthcare services to adults who struggle with mental illnesses through community-based psychiatric services, psychotherapy, and community support services.

4600 Minnesota Avenue NE LLC
Award: $400,000
Project: Development of HUB 7, a three-development project with dedication to training and education, offering trade courses, green-energy small business office space, and open-air market.

Marshall Heights Community Development Organization, Inc.
Award: $300,000
Project: Development of the Prosperity HUB consisting of a Community Culinary Kitchen including catering and event space, and a retail Grab-N-Go Café, Market, and Makerspace Showroom, as well as a Small Business Incubator and Service Center with optional Back Office Support Services.

Medici Road, Inc.
Award: $500,000
Project: Development of a community-operated grocery store, coworking offices, and headquarters for Medici Road.

Ward 8

Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative
Award: $1,000,000
Project: Construction and professional services to complete the interior portion of the building that will provide additional amenity space for programs, including its maternal health programs and efforts.

MLK Gateway Phase II Land LLC
Award: $250,000
Project: Development of the second phase of the MLK Gateway project to bring economic development and jobs to Anacostia, deliver retail, restaurant, and office tenants to the site, and support local business tenancy.

The Gaston Group
Award: $145,000
Project: Tenant improvements for a full-service Farm to Table restaurant within the Anacostia Business District and the MLK Gateway project.

DC Locally Made Manufacturing Grant – $1 million

Ward 4

With Malus Aforethought, LLC (dba Capitol Cider House)
Great Street Corridor: Georgia Avenue NW
Award: $120,000

Basque Bar LLC (dba Anxo Cidery)
Great Streets Corridor: Georgia Avenue NW
Award: $95,000

Ward 5

City-State Brewing Co. LLC
Great Streets Corridor: Rhode Island Avenue NE
Award: $145,000

Ward 7

Shea Yeleen Health and Beauty
Great Street Corridor: Minnesota Avenue and Benning Road NE
Award: $640,000

Nourish DC Fund – $1 million

FY 21 Nourish DC Fund (Nourish DC) awarded $1 million in funding to Capital Impact Partners which will serve as the Fund Manager and provide flexible loans, catalytic grants, and technical assistance to emerging and existing locally-owned small food businesses in the District. Nourish DC will support a robust ecosystem of locally-owned small food businesses in communities in the District where decades of disinvestment have left such communities underserved by grocery and other food amenities.

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