For Immediate Release: January 5, 2018

Contact: Candace Tyler


SWBID and SWNA Launch Pocket CHANGE Micro-Grant Program

Washington, D.C. - The Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID) and the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly (SWNA) are partnering to launch Pocket Change, a community micro-grant program for Southwest DC.

Pocket Change invites Southwest DC community members to submit their ideas for community improvement projects online at The rules are simple: the projects must benefit SWDC, be inclusive, be apolitical, and be something that can realistically be implemented within 3 to 6 months for roughly $1,000.

In February, finalists will have five minutes to pitch their ideas to the community during the Pocket Change dinner event. Finalists will be competing for $750 in implementation funding from the SWBID and SWNA, plus all money raised at the door from event attendees. Event attendees should expect to hear and vote on pitches that may bring new art, technology, educational opportunities, events, or other creative projects to their neighborhood.

You can submit an idea via the SWBID website at The deadline for submissions is midnight, January 31, 2018.


Officially launched in October 2015, the Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID) is the newest and 10th Business Improvement District in the District of Columbia. We're currently working to redefine the status quo for cleanliness, state of public infrastructure, beautification, and placemaking throughout the neighborhood. The SWBID covers 483 acres of Southwest DC.