DC Main Streets is a comprehensive program that promotes the revitalization of business corridors in the District of Columbia. Created in 2002 through the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Main Streets serves as the citywide coordinating program that provides services and funding for the 24 Main Streets found in the District of Columbia. Main Streets’ mission is to support the traditional retail corridors in the District.
Main Street programs revitalize communities by retaining and recruiting businesses, improving commercial properties and streetscapes, and attracting consumers.
Since the DC Main Streets Program was created, over 600 businesses and 7,500 jobs have been created, and over $350 million has been invested in public improvements.
Our mission is to work to strengthen the local business economy by supporting and promoting local, small businesses, increasing the corridor’s vitality, improving the streetscape, and creating a distinct sense of place for Glover Park.
In normal times, GPMS would be funding improvement projects like painting facades, helping businesses upgrade their signage and facilities, promoting businesses, and hosting events.
This year things were a little different. We reallocated our funds to give direct and technical assistance to businesses in need within our territory. We helped businesses pivot during the crisis, underwrote costs, paid for technology and services, and gave out direct aid. Additionally, we have been acting as a go between for small businesses working to operate and recover from COVID-19 regulations and the city.
Many of the new functions we have performed this year will carry forward, as the Main Street programs have taken on a broader remit in the community. We are here to support the businesses however they need.
The Glover Park business corridor stretches along Wisconsin Ave. and 37th St., NW from just above Calvert St. at the north, to Whitehaven at the south.
Visit the map to see if your business is in a DC Main Street corridor.
GPMS supports local, small businesses in a wide variety of ways. Annually, we offer grant programs where businesses can apply to improve their facades and storefronts, and offer technical assistance.
We can preform health checks, find certified businesses to perform work, help with promotions, social media, even locate a consultant to advance your business. We help matchmake opportunities for growth, work to fill vacancies, and assist businesses in need of funding. We also work on behalf of businesses in need of clarity from city agencies.
With direct inquiries and issues, reach out for help.
If you are a Glover Park-based business and are locally owned and operated, you likely are eligible. Regarding funding requests, eligibility requirements are set out in the application guidelines.
Priority may be given to storefronts and in accordance with Main Street parameters.
Feel free to reach out directly with any questions.
We’d love your help! We are in need of skilled volunteers with backgrounds in architecture, building, and design.
We are also looking for participants willing to serve on committees and to support future events.
You can also follow us on social media, and to make a direct impact, donate to help fund support for local businesses and streetscape improvements.