Dupont Circle Awarded Woodley Park

The Woodley Park Main Street grant has been awarded to Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets by the DC Department of Small & Local Business Development. This grant competition was up for a nonprofit to manage the Woodley Park neighborhood, and HDCMS was the highest scoring applicant.


This is the second Main Street grant that HDCMS manages: Dupont Circle and now Woodley Park. HDCMS also receives a clean team grant through DSLBD. The organization was founded in 2003, and is a high-functioning nonprofit providing services to 300+ business in greater Dupont Circle.


Dupont Circle Main Streets organized a number of small business classes with ANC2B in 2021, that were very well attended. The organization helped more than 100 businesses apply for grants and loans, including the Restaurant Recovery Grant, Paychecks Protection, and EIDL. HDCMS also organized seven pop-ups on the sidewalk throughout the year, drawing thousands of shoppers and diners to support stores, cafes, and art galleries. Plus they organize First Friday each month promoting art galleries. And then their signature event, Art All Night, attracted 17,000 people to 14 locations to explore fine art. HDCMS secured 18 new public space permits to create new cafes, streateries, and parklets – free of charge.


“We am so pleased to have another grant awarded to HDCMS, based on our successful track record,” said Bill McLeod, executive director. “This award is really an indication that we are delivering meaningful assistance to small businesses, not just talking about it. This grant brings our total budget to $570,000 – making it one of the largest Main Street programs in the country.”


Bill McLeod is the executive director of Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets. He is an experienced nonprofit leader and skilled grant writer. Having worked in the nonprofit sector for 28 years, he is one of the most qualified Main Street directors in the country. Mr. McLeod worked for the National Main Street Center for seven years. Then he worked for Barracks Row Main Street and won the 2005 Great American Main Street Award. Then he lead the Mount Vernon Triangle BID for six years where three streetscapes were completed. Now he is the executive director in Dupont Circle Main Streets, helping 300 small businesses survive the pandemic.


Dupont Circle Main Streets is one of the oldest Main Street organizations in the District of Columbia. Started in 2003, there are only three older Main Streets: Barracks Row Main Street, Shaw Main Street, and H Street Main Street. Currently, there are 28 Main Street programs in DC, with a number of new programs launching in recent years. Successful programs take years to build a track record of success, fundraising capacity, and organizational growth. HDCMS embodies all three: track record, fundraising, and organizational capacity.


The mission of Historic Dupont Main Streets is to promote, coordinate, and maintain improvements of the cultural, economic, and environmental qualities of Dupont Circle to make it an exemplary place to live, work, shop, and play. To learn more about HDCMS, visit www.DupontCircleMainStreets.org.


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