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2019 Washington DC Electric Vehicle Grand Prix

Grant to a Washington, DC Nonprofit, For-Profit, Faith-Based Organization
or IHE for Educational and Technical Assistance to High School Students

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District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE)

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02/11/19 4:30 PM Receipt


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Grant of $50,000 to a Washington, DC nonprofit or faith-based organization, IHE, or private enterprise for the provision of technical and educational assistance to students in District high schools. Funding is intended to offer students hands-on help in preparation for an area-wide competition involving electric cars. Applicants should have expertise in the areas of engineering, science, and math concepts to support students’ building and racing of full-size electric cars on a closed loop course.

Proposals submitted to DOEE are encouraged to reflect applicant’s ideas for how to teach students critical thinking, innovation, advancements in renewable energy, electric vehicles, and battery storage technologies. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals that reflect an innovative answer to the question: How can District students glean skills in critical thinking, teamwork, and project management while building an electric vehicle? Applicants need not be education or curriculum experts. Demonstrating a present or past partnership or advisory relationship with those who are education or STEM teaching experts will be accorded weight in the evaluation.

The purpose of the grant is to:
- Generate enthusiasm for science and engineering principles at a crucial stage in the educational development of young adults;
- Enhance students’ understanding of renewable energy and associated technologies, and encourage them to consider technical careers;
- Demonstrate the highest levels of reliability, efficiency and energy management of battery powered electric vehicles; and
- Emphasize critical thinking, leadership, team work, and project management, while educating a new generation of drivers about the environmental and financial benefits of using clean transportation.

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.

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GrantWatch ID#: 177254

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The project period will span the period from the date of the grant through September 30, 2019. DOEE would like to provide a grant for these activities for 3 years; however, the grant is just for 1 year. The grant may be amended to extend the period and add funding, subject to availability. Additionally, this grant may be amended, based on the sub-grantee’s performance, and the District’s need for the project to be amended.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The institutions below may apply for these grants:
- Nonprofit organizations, including those with IRS 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) determinations;
- Faith-based organizations
- Universities/educational institutions; and
- Private Enterprises.

Non-Allowable costs include:
1. Most major equipment, like vehicles;
2. Lobbying, including salaries and overheads and out-of-pocket expenses;
3. Entertainment;
4. Interest payments on loans;
5. Most food; and
6. Land purchases

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for application submissions is February 11, 2019 at 4:30 pm. Five hard copies of the application must be delivered to the Fund, and a one copy must be emailed.

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.

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

The Grantee will be reimbursed for work performed and expenses incurred. DOEE will not reimburse the Grantee for grant-related expenditures made before the begin date.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Five hard copies must be submitted to:
Government of the District of Columbia
Department of Energy and Environment
Attn: Eric Campbell RE:2019-1904-EA
1200 First Street, NE
5th Floor
Washington, DC 20002

Email one copy to:

Funding or Pin Number:

RFA # 2019-1904-EA

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington, DC