ALX B2B Business Association Grant Program 

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Welcome to the application for the ALX B2B Business Association Grant Program, an initiative of the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership (AEDP) in partnership with the City of Alexandria Economic Recovery Team.

Applicants must be incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia or have filed incorporation papers with the Commonwealth at the time of application. Please review the full eligibility criteria before applying.


AEDP will offer variable grants based on a competitive application process that weighs applicants’ demonstrated needs and strengths of the application. Individual grants will not exceed $100,000. The program will require grantees to provide a 1:5 cash match ($1 match for every $5 received). However, no match will be required on the first $50,000 of the grant or if the total grant request is less than $50,000. Grant funds must be used for:

1.       Developing or enhancing a strategic plan with a focus on organizational capacity building and long-term sustainability

2.      Creating demand-driven sustainable programming to promote economic recovery and activity


Applications must be submitted by 9:00 AM EDT on Monday, August 29, 2022.


Applicants are encouraged to gather the following information before beginning the application

  • Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) or Tax ID
  • Commonwealth Incorporation Documents


All applicants will receive an automated email when their application is submitted. If you do not receive the email, don’t hesitate to contact AEDP by emailing Senay Gebremedhin at AEDP will provide general program updates by email during the review process.


If during the application process, an applicant has questions, they should contact Senay Gebremedhin at or by phone at 703-739-3820.


If emerging business associations do not meet eligibility requirements and need initial support to qualify for this grant, please complete the application and reach out to Senay Gebremedhin at

Thank you for making the City of Alexandria a vibrant business community and for your interest in this program.

This section of the application requests basic information about the business association

Name of the business associations or organization

Name of the person completing and signing the application

Business association or organization's phone number

Demand-driven = member-focused initiatives that address members' needs and promote economic growth.

An applicant must meet all the program’s criteria to be eligible for the business association grant. Supporting documentation, when required, must be included with the application. All information obtained as part of this program is deemed confidential and protected subject to Sections 2.2-3705.6 and 58.1-3 of the Code of Virginia and will not be shared with others beyond the administration of this grant program.

Note: The organization (applicant) is considered in "Good Standing" if they are current on all tax payments with the City of Alexandria or on a formal payment plan with the City of Alexandria's Department of Finance. 

In this section, describe how funds will be used 

Associations are allowed to use cash on hand, donations, income from products or services, grants, and other funds in their budget for the cash match. Associations can also use pledged funding or future earnings (incomes/funds) with a strict timeline of expected income and submit a quarterly income report towards the required cash match. Applicants can also justify their cash match requirements using existing expenses if it aligns with the application’s goals.

Funds from the grant program must be used for two broad categories: organizational capacity building to support long-term sustainability and programming to promote economic recovery and business profitability.
Please explain how the business association intends to use the grant funds by selecting from the list below. You may select more than one option.

For each of the questions below, the suggested word count is up to 300 words per question. Please feel free to use bullet points in your responses. 

Application for the ALX B2B Business Association Grant Program (“Grant”) constitutes an unconditional agreement to and acceptance of the following Terms and Conditions. The Applicant is responsible for ensuring his or her familiarity with the Terms and Conditions.


  1. By applying, the Applicant certifies that it is not under any agreement or restriction that prohibits or restricts its ability to disclose or submit the materials included in the application or otherwise to apply for the Grant.
  2. The Applicant acknowledges that all proprietary information provided by the Applicant will be kept confidential by the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership, Inc. (“AEDP”) and the City of Alexandria (“City”), collectively known as “Grantors” to the extent permitted by the Virginia Freedom of Information Act and other applicable laws and regulations pertaining to the disclosure of records in the Grantors possession.
  3. The Applicant acknowledges that any non-proprietary information provided by the Applicant may be used in public reporting and promotion of the Grant.
  4.  The Applicant acknowledges that all Grant award decisions are final and are not subject to appeal.
  5.  If the Applicant becomes a Grant recipient, following the successful granting of an award, they acknowledge and agree to report to the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership on the status of their business association, including information on existing programs, services, revenues, and how Grant funds were used.
  6.  If the Applicant becomes a Grant recipient, they acknowledge and agree to meet with “AEDP” or their designee. Applicants acknowledge and agree to meet all the grant reporting and compliance requirements from the “Grantors.”
  7.  The Applicant covenants to save, defend, hold harmless and indemnify “AEDP” and the “City,” and all of their officers, departments, agencies, agent, and employees, from and against any and all claims, losses, damages, injuries, fines, penalties, costs including court costs and attorney’s fees, charges, liability or exposure, however, caused, resulting from, arising out of, or in any way connected with this application.


I certify that I have read and understand and am authorized to complete and submit this application on behalf of the Applicant. I verify that the statements contained herein are true, accurate, and complete. I acknowledge that false and inaccurate statements made on the application are grounds for immediate rejection of the application.

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