Grants for Black‐owned retail businesses in Wards 7 and 8

Wacif and Walmart have partnered to support Black retail entrepreneurs in Washington D.C.'s Wards 7 and 8. Eligible businesses can receive up to $10K in funds.

Applications close on June 23, 2022.

Is your business eligible?

Please review before applying. Eligible businesses meet all of the following requirements:

a D.C. business located in Ward 7 or 8

Your business must be located in Ward 7 or 8. Confirm your geographic eligibility.

a retail business

Your business must be a small, D.C.-based for-profit retail business with a valid D.C. business license for your location.

Eligible retail businesses include:

  • beauty entrepreneurs
  • home-based makers
  • small retail businesses
  • e-commerce business


Your business must be at least 50% Black-owned.

in good standing with D.C.

Your business must be in Good Standing with the District of Columbia. You will be required to submit a Certificate of Clean Hands (effective October 2021).

in business for at least 2 years.

Your business must have at least two years of operation.

Advance your business

We will be awarding grants on a rolling basis, so submit your application today.


Grant information session

Attend a virtual grant information session and learn more about the application process.

May 26, 2022 1PM-2PM ET

Use grant funds to advance your business*

Working Capital

Use funds for expenses such as tenant improvements, labor/payroll, supply chain, rent, business development, trainings and certifications, marketing, etc.

Physical Improvements

Use funds for expenses such as tenant fit-outs, permanent fixtures, and/or exterior building improvements.

*Please note: Businesses that are awarded a grant will have to meet a mandatory reporting requirement detailing how the funds were used. If grantee is not able to provide appropriate information on how grant was utilize to benefit the business, it could result in exclusion from future grant opportunities and a recalling of awarded funds. 

Prepare these documents for your application

Business License

You must have a valid DC Business License

Liability Insurance

Your business liability insurance must be active.

Certificate of Good Standing

Your business must be in Good Standing with DCRA.

Certificate of Clean Hands

Your business must have an active Certificate of Clean Hands.

Proof of Online Presence

Provide a screenshot or link to your website and/or social media.

Operating Income and Expense

Company's operating income and expense summaries for 2021 and a projection for 2022.

Apply Today!

Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis. Applications close on June 23, 2022.