ATTIC DC + Awesome Foundation
Retail Grant

In collaboration with the DC Chapter of the Awesome Foundation, we're sponsoring a $1,000 grant to support an idea that will stimulate and/or highlight the DC retail community. Stores/businesses, individuals and associations are eligible to apply.


one good idea   one thousand dollars

ATTIC received an Awesome Foundation grant in 2015. ATTIC has since grown to more than a dozen cities making the products of more than 1,000 small, independent businesses easier to find. We're sponsoring this grant to help pay it forward.


2020 Winner: DC Shop Small
DC Shop Small logo

The inaugural grant went to DC Shop Small, an initiative started by shop owner and local resident Mallory Shelter. The project was started as a way for local DC residents to discover businesses that were operating online due to the COVID19 pandemic. The effort featured a "Small Business Saturday" event on April 25, 2020. The project is proposing to continue and launch a "Shop Small + Give Back" where every week for the month of June 2020, 10-15 local businesses will give 10% of their sales on a select day to a local non-profit.


2020 Application Information (Washington DC)

ATTIC and the Awesome DC Foundation are pleased to announce a new special grant intended to support the establishment, growth or visibility of small, local retailers or artisans in the Washington, DC area. The grant will provide up to $1,000 to support the execution of an idea -- such as a project, event or product that supports small, local retail businesses in the community.

Examples of ideas include:

  • A project to dress-up the streetscape in a retail district;
  • A community-focused event at a retail location (e.g., a fundraiser based at a local store);
  • Projects intended to amplify or provide exposure to small, local retailers or artisans;
  • Your creative, outside-the-box, awesome idea :)

We are making the grant available immediately in light of the COVID pandemic and the strain it's placing on DC's independent retail businesses. Proposals can be for either immediate/near-term implementation or for after COVID stay-at-home restrictions are lifted.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. A winner could be awarded as early as May 24, 2020. Only one grant is available at this time.

Learn more about the grant, including eligibility and requirements. Already have your idea?

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