Request for Proposals: FY2021 Equitable Capital Access Fund grant (ECAF)

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development invites the submission of proposals for the FY21 DC Local Equity, Access, and Preservation Funds – Equitable Capital Access Fund grant (ECAF).

The purpose of the ECAF Grant Program is to:

Fund the operation of a program which serves to increase access to liquidity for targeted small businesses in Ward 5, Ward 7, and Ward 8, through administering a bond stop loss program. The program should also provide educational programs which increase financial preparedness, fiscal health, and access to credit issuances for small businesses.
Fund the relocation of an organization to Ward 7 or Ward 8 (if necessary).

DMPED will host a virtual information and live web chat sessions. Once confirmed, details about the information sessions will be posted on the DMPED website at

The Request for Applications (RFA) and the grant application will be released on Friday, March 12, 2021 and posted at The application deadline is Monday, March 29, 2021 at 4PM EST.

Questions regarding this competitive funding opportunity should be directed to the Grants Team via email at

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