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Grant to a Washington, DC Nonprofit or Faith-Based Organization to Select and Supervise an Administrator for a Water Conservation Program

Anacostia Ambassador Program


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Funding Source
District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE)
Funding or PIN Number: RFA # 2019-1908-WPD
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Geographic Focus
USA: Washington, DC

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/04/19 4:30 PM Save

Grant Description
Grant of $90,000 to a Washington, DC nonprofit or faith-based organizations to select and supervise an administrator for a local water conservation and environmental improvement program. Eligible applicants are knowledgeable about the local waterway and its surrounding neighborhoods, and able to engage nonprofits, government agencies, educational institutions and businesses to benefit the Anacostia River.

Each Applicant must demonstrate its ability to carry out the grant's project. DOEE intends to fund a project that will benefit the environment, and, in particular, the environment of the District. The proposal should explain how the Applicant will accomplish this. The grantee will supervise an “Ambassador” who will organize nonprofits, agencies and businesses to benefit the Anacostia. The grant will help continue existing efforts and develop new ideas and approaches to accelerate water quality improvements in the Anacostia Watershed, as well as coordinate the efforts of Anacostia stakeholders, businesses, local governments, and federal agencies.

A successful applicant will demonstrate: leadership in implementing government and civic programs that address environmental and community goals; experience in the Anacostia Watershed; a proven track record of bringing together a variety of stakeholders and government partners; experience in engaging underserved and environmental justice communities; personnel working on the project who will be qualified to organize and administer it; and a detailed plan to manage the Anacostia Ambassador Program.

Project Outcomes
1. Increased coordination and communication among Anacostia stakeholders, including federal agencies and businesses;
2. Increased outreach in activities to engage underserved and environmental justice communities; and
3. Increased number of Anacostia-River-related water quality projects implemented in the District.

Typical allowable costs are:
1. Rental of office space, some vehicles, and some equipment;
2. Employee salaries and benefits;
3. Contractor labor, including professional services;
4. Accounting and bookkeeping services;
5. Communications, including telephone and data services;
6. Printing, reproduction, including signage;
7. Materials and supplies;
8. Computers and printers;
9. Small tools;
10. Some field equipment, typically below $5,000 in value;
11. Postage and shipping;
12. Necessary travel, meals and lodging; and
13. Insurance.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
The following institutions may apply for this grant:
-Nonprofit organizations, including those with IRS 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) determinations
-Faith-based organizations

Non-allowable costs include:
-Most major equipment, like vehicles;
-Lobbying, including salaries and overheads and out-of-pocket expenses;
-Interest payments on loans;
-Most food; and
-Land purchases.

Pre-Proposal Conference
DOEE will be hosting a pre-application meeting on Thursday, February 14, 2019 from 1:00 - 2:30 PM at DOEE headquarters 1200 First Street NE, Washington DC 20002 in room 612. Applicants who wish to attend this meeting can go to the 5th floor and ask for Savannah Acosta at reception.

To call in to the meeting, dial in at the number below and use the provided participant code:
- Teleconference Dial-in Number: 1-866-830-5784
- Participant Code: 6971510

Pre-Application Information
The deadline for application submissions is March 4, 2019, at 4:30 PM. Five hard copies must be submitted to the below address and a complete electronic copy must be e-mailed to

Each Applicant may submit an application for more than one project, if applicable. If an Applicant responds to more than one project, it must do so in a separate proposal and submit all corresponding required documents.

The cut-off date for receipt of any questions is one week prior to the application deadline.

Grant funds related to work performed will be provided on a reimbursement basis, except that an advance of funds may be provided for grant administration expenses in limited circumstances for good cause approved by DOEE at its sole discretion.

DOEE expects to notify each Applicant in writing of its award status within six to twelve weeks after the application due date.

More information on the Anacostia Urban Waters Federal Partnership can be found at:

More information on the UWFP Ambassador Program can be found at:

Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
$90,000 is available for the first year for one award.

Term of Contract
The project period is one (1) year, with the option of up to two (2) additional years, for a total of three (3) years.

Contact Information
The paper copies must be filed with DOEE at the following address:

District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment
RFA – Grants
1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20002
Attn: RFA 2019-1908-WPD

Email an electronic copy, formatted as a PDF to:

Questions about the RFA should be sent to the email address above with “RE: RFA 2019-1908-WPD” in the subject line.

Savannah Acosta
(202) 299-3340

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