Mount Vernon Triangle CID Announces MVTogether Fund: Fund to Award Recovery Microgrants to Support Retail Reopening Efforts

Monday June 28, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC — To help neighborhood retail operators scale operations to meet consumer demand and remain competitive as the District continues to reopen, the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District (MVT CID) today announced the launch of its MVTogether Fund that will provide microgrants to deserving Mount Vernon Triangle businesses as they work to relaunch and recover from the devastating economic impacts of COVID-19.

“We’re proud of not just the resilience of our businesses these last 15 months, but also the strong character, continuous support, and spirit of togetherness of our residents that helped our community endure and make it through the worst of the pandemic,” says Kenyattah A. Robinson, President & CEO of the MVT CID. “Through the MVTogether Fund, we have every confidence that our residents, commercial and multifamily property owners, and other friends of the Triangle will continue to support our businesses that are working hard to overcome the public health emergency’s effects on the long-term viability of their retail operations.”

During the pandemic, the Mount Vernon Triangle community supported local businesses through their takeout and delivery orders, gift card purchases, and virtual tip jar contributions. With the worst of the pandemic seemingly lessened and the District’s full reopening underway, Mount Vernon Triangle businesses will continue to need the community’s help to survive – and thrive – as COVID-19’s ripple effects will persist for the foreseeable future.

“Opening a restaurant during the pandemic had its challenges, but the community and Mount Vernon Triangle CID continued to rally to help us and other neighboring businesses throughout,” says Elias Tadesse, Owner & Chef at Mélange. He continued: “The MVTogether Fund is just another example of how the Mount Vernon Triangle CID is supporting our businesses both during and after the pandemic. We love our home in Mount Vernon Triangle and are beyond grateful for their assistance.”

Grants will be awarded on a revolving basis as funds are available. Mount Vernon Triangle businesses already pre-approved for funding through previous municipal pandemic relief programs sponsored by the District of Columbia government will be eligible to participate. To learn more about the fund and to donate, please visit




About Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District
The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District is a private, 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization established to enhance the overall quality of life for residents, workers and visitors, and to increase commercial opportunities for business and property owners, in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood in downtown DC. A vibrant neighborhood in the heart of the city both geographically and culturally, Mount Vernon Triangle is considered one of Washington DC’s best examples of a mixed-use community. Its boundaries include 17 blocks within the East End of downtown Washington, DC, bordered by 7th Street NW to the west, Massachusetts Avenue NW to the south, New York Avenue NW to the north and New Jersey Avenue NW to the east. Mount Vernon Triangle is a welcoming, authentic, and centered neighborhood that mirrors the city’s unique mix of historic and modern buildings, long-time and new residents, and diverse cultures, restaurants, and experiences. For more information about #LifeInMVT, we invite you to explore our website at and to engage with us on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Flickr.

Mission of the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District
Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District is a champion of the historic Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood’s continued evolution as a dynamic, inclusive and attractive place to live, work and visit in the centrally located East End of Washington, DC. We fulfill our mission by fostering an engaged and connected community while continually maintaining clean, safe, and welcoming public spaces.