What is MAMS?

The Minnesota Avenue Main Street (MAMS) is an initiative to promote, revitalize, and develop the Minnesota Avenue corridor, one of the largest historic commercial districts located east of the Anacostia River. Downtown Ward 7, centered where Minnesota Avenue NE meets Benning Road NE, is home to the Art Deco Senator Theater ad the recently renovated neighborhood library named after famed Civil Rights and Women’s Rights activist Dorothy I. Height. The neighborhood has experienced significant growth with new and planned developments including the mixed-use Park 7 and a revitalized Minnesota Avenue Metro station. 


Small Business Resilience Fund

The Minnesota Avenue Main Street (MAMS) created a grant fund, supported by the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development, to help small businesses along the Minnesota Avenue commercial corridor thrive and prosper in place. The current award cycle has closed, but please keep your eyes peeled for future funding announcements and reach out to for additional information.