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Georgetown BID Partners with Halcyon for Employee Relief

April 20, 2020

The Georgetown BID Employee Emergency Relief Grant program assists employees in our commercial district who have lost their jobs as a result of the coronavirus crisis and need money to pay for rent, food, medical bills, or other emergency costs. 


The Georgetown BID has funded the first $150,000, which they are in the process of awarding to an initial group of applicants. Hundreds more have applied and are still in need - and that's where you come in!


The BID is partnering with Halcyon, a nonprofit based in Georgetown, to launch a donation campaign to further fund the Georgetown BID Employee Emergency Relief Grant. 


To learn more and donate, visit 


Donations will be made tax-deductible through Halcyon's 501(c)(3) status, and 100% of funds will be distributed to those in need.

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Apply Now: GMS Emergency Bridge-the-Gap Grant

April 13, 2020

Georgetown Main Street recognizes the need for an immediate cash infusion for the small businesses along the corridor during the COVID-19 crisis. The GMS Board has approved $40,000 for this emergency relief fund.


The online application goes live on Monday, April 13 at 10:00 am and closes on Wednesday April 15 at 6:00 pm. Grant recipients will be notified Thursday, April 16. Checks will be mailed by Friday, April 17. 


Eligibility Requirements:

For-Profit and Non-Profit consumer-facing small retail businesses within the Georgetown Main Street corridor are invited to apply. (This category includes restaurants, cafes, salons, etc.) To determine whether your small business falls within the corridor, enter your address here.


Ineligible Businesses:

  • Franchises or business with multiple locations
  • Auto and auto body repair or sales
  • Banks
  • Home-based business
  • Hotel
  • Government entities
  • Businesses less than 1 year in operation

Download the GMS Emergency Bridge-The-Gap one-pager here.

If you have questions about the eligibility of your business or about the application, please contact

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Curbside Pickup Made Easier

March 26, 2020

The city is setting up curbside pickup zones near restaurants to make it easier for customers to get food and beverages to go.


The District Department of Transportation has installed signage at 20 locations across the city designating temporary pick-up and drop-off zones. Here is a map of where they are located.


They will be in effect through the end of the declared public health emergency.


Additionally, DDOT said restaurants can also request a permit for a temporary pick-up and drop-off zone through their Business Improvement Districts, ANCs and Main Street organizations. DDOT has waived fees for those permits.

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