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Community Stormwater Solutions Grant

Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs,
and For-Profits to Enhance Watershed Quality

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Chesapeake Bay Trust and District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE)

Deadline Date:

05/15/20 6:00 PM EST Receipt


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Grants of up to $20,000 to Washington, DC nonprofit and faith-based organizations, government agencies, IHEs, and private enterprises to enhance and protect watersheds and water bodies within the District. Priority is given to projects that encourage the direct participation of underrepresented communities.

All applications submitted under this RFA must describe a project that aims to educate a priority audience, increase knowledge, or lead to behavior change that ultimately improves the health of the Districts waterways, including reducing the impacts of stormwater runoff.

The goals of the Community Stormwater Solutions Grant Program are to protect and enhance, directly or indirectly, the District of Columbia’s water bodies or watersheds. This Program is designed to support efforts that raise awareness and lead to behavior change around watershed- and stormwater-related issues, through education, installation and maintenance of runoff-reducing green infrastructure, art installations, or another means described in the below “Eligible Project Types” section.

The Program provides funding for innovative, community-oriented and –inspired projects aimed at improving water quality in the District, reducing litter, and raising awareness about what citizens can do to restore our rivers, streams, and parks. Additionally, the Program supports community partners through capacity-building initiatives.

Eligible Project Types -  While DOEE and the Trust welcome projects that focus on these areas, applicants are also encouraged to propose their own ideas even if they do not fit into one of the ideas provided.

  • Project Area 1: Engage communities, increase knowledge, or bring about behavior change on issues
    impacting water quality, including stormwater management, trash, pollution prevention, and watershed
  • Project Area 2: Install green infrastructure
  • Project Area 3: Maintain existing green infrastructure 
  • Project Area 4: Provide pathways to green jobs focused on stormwater solutions 
  • Project Area 5: Restore natural habitat 
  • Project Area 6: Clean up an area affected by high volumes of litter and address causes of litter 

2020 Special Focus Areas

  • Project Area 8: Foster engagement in, restoration of, and support for, existing efforts at Kingman and
    Heritage Islands, including projects in the adjacent communities. 
  • Project Area 9: Partner with Anacostia High School to provide project-based learning opportunities that
    measurably increase knowledge or bring about behavior change on issues impacting water quality, including
    stormwater management, pollution prevention, and watershed restoration.

For more details on each of the above project types, see:

The Trust strongly encourages applications directly from underrepresented groups, and for projects that increase awareness and participation of communities that are traditionally underrepresented, such as communities of color.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177367

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $20,000

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed within 12-15 months upon receipt of the award. Requests to extend project completion period will be reviewed and considered on a case-by-case basis.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

DOEE and the Trust welcomes requests from the following organizations physically located in the District of Columbia:

-Nonprofit organizations, including those with IRS 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) determinations;
-Faith-based organizations;
-Government agencies
-Universities/educational institutions; and
-Private Enterprises.

A project is NOT eligible if:

1. A law, or an order of a court or agency, requires that the work be done anyway. For example, DOEE’s stormwater management regulations, found at 21 DCMR Part 500, require certain properties to meet a stormwater retention requirement. Exception: A project involving required work IS eligible if the project’s capacity or function is in excess of the required work. (Example: If the regulations required a project of 10,000 gallon storage capacity, and you proposed a 15,000 gallon project, DOEE funding would be available for the extra 5,000 gallons.)

2. The same project is already being funded by another grant or contract. An exception is if the proposed project is adding a new scope that requires additional funding.

3. It uses invasive plant species, herbicides, or pesticides.

4. The applicant is an individual person, or it is an organization without a formal legal non- profit or business status. An “unincorporated association” is therefore, not eligible. (Example: a neighborhood association that has members, a bank account, and rules of organization, but no formal incorporation papers.) Exception and work-around: A sole proprietorship business IS eligible, if registered in the District. An otherwise ineligible person or group could submit their application through an eligible applicant (from the entities list above). If the project is selected, DOEE would award the grant to the eligible entity as the “fiscal agent.”

Continuing conditions of eligibility are that the information in the application is complete and truthful and that the Applicant at all times is able to meet any material conditions stated in its application. For instance, if an Applicant’s ability to fulfill the terms of the grant is based on the availability of skilled staff and those staff should leave after the application’s submittal or the grant award to the Applicant, the Applicant has the responsibility to advise DOEE in writing of this change in material conditions. Another example of change in material conditions that could result in the loss of eligibility would be the loss of the Applicant’s tax-exempt status.

DOEE and the Trust do NOT fund the following:

- Major equipment like vehicles;
- Interest payments on loans;
- Endowments, deficit financing, individuals, building campaigns, annual giving, research, fund raising, or venture capital;
- Mitigation or other projects required by an existing or pending regulatory permit or action.
- Political lobbying;
- Projects and programs located outside of District of Columbia; and
- Reimbursement for expenses incurred before the date of decision on the application.

Pre-Application Information:

Extended deadline: May 15, 2020 at 6pm

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit at least a few days prior to the deadline given potential for high website traffic on the due date. The Trust cannot guarantee availability of technical assistance for our online system on the deadline date.

The 2020 Community Stormwater Solutions Grant Program awards will be announced in June 2020.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online through ZoomGrants:

Bre’Anna Brooks, Program Officer, 410-974-2941
ext. 112

Funding or Pin Number:

RFA # 2019-1903-WPD

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