Code of the District of Columbia

§ 2–218.16. Public health emergency grant program.

(a)(1) Upon the Mayor's declaration of a public health emergency pursuant to § 7-2304.01, the Mayor may, notwithstanding part B of subchapter XII-A of Chapter 3 of Title 1, and in the Mayor's sole discretion, issue a grant or loan to an eligible small business; provided, that the eligible small business:

(A) Submit a grant application in the form and with the information required by the Mayor; and

(B) Demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the Mayor, financial distress caused by a reduction in business revenue due to the circumstances giving rise to or resulting from the public health emergency.

(2) A grant issued pursuant to this section may be expended by the eligible small business for any of the following:

(A)(i) Employee wages and benefits.

(ii) For the purposes of this subparagraph, the term "benefits" means fringe benefits associated with employment, including health insurance;

(B) Operating costs of the eligible small business including taxes and debt service; and

(C) Repayment of loans obtained through the United States Small Business Administration.

(b) The Mayor may issue one or more grants to a third-party grant-managing entity for the purpose of administering the grant program and making subgrants on behalf of the Mayor in accordance with the requirements of this section.

(c) The Mayor, pursuant to § 2-505, may issue emergency rules to implement the provisions of this section.

(d) The Mayor, and any third-party entity chosen pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, shall maintain a list of all grants awarded pursuant to this section, identifying for each award the grant recipient, the date of award, intended use of the award, and the award amount. The Mayor shall publish the list online no later than June 1, 2020, or 5 days following the end of the COVID-19 emergency, whichever is earlier.

(e) For the purposes of this section, the term:

(1) "COVID-19 emergency" means the emergencies declared in the Declaration of Public Emergency (Mayor's Order 2020-045) together with the Declaration of Public Health Emergency (Mayor's Order 2020-046), declared on March 11, 2020, including any extension of those declared emergencies.

(2) "Eligible small business" means a business enterprise eligible for certification under § 2-218.32, a nonprofit entity, or an independent contractor or self-employed individual determined ineligible for unemployment insurance by the Director of the Department of Employment Services, unless the independent contractor or self-employed individual is eligible for and receiving unemployment insurance benefits unrelated to their self-employment or independent contractor work, and is otherwise eligible for a grant pursuant to this subsection.


(Oct. 20, 2005, D.C. Law 16-33, § 2316; as added June 8, 2020, D.C. Act 23-328, § 201(b), 67 DCR 7598; July 7, 2020, D.C. Act 23-332, § 3, 0 DCR 0.)