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Grants to Washington, D.C. Agencies, Nonprofits, IHEs, Businesses, Schools for Protection of District Waters

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Funding Source
Government of the District of Columbia, Department of Energy and Environment
Funding or PIN Number: 2016-1520-SWMD
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Geographic Focus
USA: Washington, DC

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/29/16 4:30 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $20,000 to Washington, D.C. nonprofits, schools, IHEs, agencies, small businesses, and individuals and unincorporated groups with a fiscal sponsor, for projects that protect the District's waters. Between January 26 and February 8 meetings will be held to answer questions. Applicants are encouraged but not required to attend.

Funds will be provided for innovative projects that must protect or enhance, directly or indirectly, the District’s waterbodies or watersheds AND address one or more of the following areas:

Project Area 1: Remove impervious surfaces, install green infrastructure, or plant/preserve trees.
Project Area 2: Create/promote green jobs.
Project Area 3: Restore native habitat.
Project Area 4: Clean up an area affected by high volumes of litter.
Project Area 5: Prevent litter.

Environmental education is a significant component of this grant. Applications should clearly state the project’s educational methods.

Examples of educational methods include:
- Using media to reach a wider audience.
- Partnering with other community groups, summer programs, District agencies, businesses, nonprofits, or educational institutions.
- Hosting one or more events.
- Creating signage.
- Producing a work of art.


  • Agency of the county or other local government
  • Community-based Organizations; CBO(s)
  • Faith-based Organizations
  • Institutions of Higher Education; IHE(s)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS
  • Parochial Schools
  • Private sector organizations
  • Public Schools
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Single entities
  • Small businesses

Additional Eligibility Criteria
- Applicants must be physically located in the District.
- Individuals and unincorporated groups (e.g. neighborhood associations, student clubs, or artists) are encouraged to partner with an eligible applicant.

Pre-Proposal Conference
DOEE will hold four public meetings to answer applicants’ questions. Attendance is encouraged but not required. Please RSVP to

January 26, 2016 at 3:30 PM
DOEE Headquarters – 1200 First Street NE, 5th floor (NOMA/Gallaudet Metro). Bring a photo ID.

February 1, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Lamond-Riggs Library - 5401 South Dakota Ave NE (Fort Totten Metro)

February 2, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Petworth Library – 4200 Kansas Avenue NW (Georgia Ave – Petworth Metro)

February 8, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Benning Library – 3935 Benning Road NE (Minnesota Ave Metro)

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $20,000 for each project.

Term of Contract
DOEE plans to announce grant awards in April 2016. Awarded projects may begin grant activities after receiving a Notice of Grant Award and a purchase order.

All projects must be completed by April 30, 2017.

Contact Information

For questions about the application, please call:
Emily Rice
(202) 535-2679

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