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Community Stormwater Solutions Grants

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

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District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE)

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01/26/18 6:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $20,000 to Washington, DC nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations, government agencies, IHEs, and private enterprises to enhance and protect watersheds and water bodies within the District. Projects must raise awareness, educate a target audience, and promote behavior change in order to improve the health of waterways, including reducing the impacts of stormwater runoff.

Projects should 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 as described below. Another goal is to create new community partners and strengthen existing relationships. Projects should be inspired and supported by the target community.

The purpose of these grants to provide start-up funding for community-oriented and - supported projects that improve the District's waterways. Another purpose is to build capacity among community-based organizations and small businesses.

A special focus of this year’s RFA is projects that support the “Year of the Anacostia” in 2018, which commemorates the 100th year anniversary of Anacostia Park and the many events and milestones that will be celebrated along the river in 2018.

The project must fit into one or more of the following project areas.

Project Area 1: Install green infrastructure.

Green infrastructure installations like green roofs, rain gardens, rainwater harvesting, and permeable pavers allow stormwater to be absorbed into the ground, reducing the impact of stormwater runoff on District water bodies. Coupled with significant community engagement, even small installations can make a big difference if they result in more entities (e.g. residents, businesses, non-profit organizations) interested in voluntarily installing green infrastructure.

Project Area 2: Maintain existing green infrastructure.

Green infrastructure will not function properly without proper maintenance. Green infrastructure already exists at many schools, residential properties, commercial buildings, and along roadways.

Projects in this category could include:
-Develop and implement an “adopt-a-[insert name]” program focused on getting residents, businesses, or school involved in maintaining green infrastructure in their area
-Train and incorporate green infrastructure maintenance into existing maintenance staff or street team activities
-Offer maintenance workshops focused on teaching RiverSmart Homes participants to maintain their rain barrels, rain gardens, permeable pavers, and BayScaping projects

Project Area 3: Provide pathways to green jobs focused on stormwater solutions.

Jobs focused on trash prevention, watershed health, and stormwater management are in emerging job fields. Proposals in this category should focus on training and connecting the District workforce to these types of jobs.

Project Area 4: Restore native habitat.

Many of the District’s natural areas are overrun by invasive plant species. Proposals in this category should focus on removing invasive species, replanting with natives, engaging residents, and creating new native habitats. DOEE’s priority areas for invasive species removal and native plantings include:

-Kingman Island
-Heritage Island
-Pope Branch
-Alger Park
-Department of Parks and Recreation sites with forested areas

Project Area 5: Clean up an area affected by high volumes of litter or address causes of litter.

Trash is one of the leading causes of pollution in the District’s water bodies. Storm drains in the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) areas of the District lead directly to our streams. Proposals involving litter clean-ups can be in-stream or in neighborhoods and commercial areas. DOEE’s main priority for trash clean-ups is the MS4. Litter prevention projects should address the causes of litter and result in behavior change. An example of a litter prevention project is an in-school curriculum focused on litter that results in a “call-to-action” at the school.

Project Area 6: Prevent pollution from entering District water bodies through stormwater runoff.

Projects in this category could include:
-Education on stormwater-safe car washing best practices and applicable laws, including a program that lends car washing kits to groups planning car wash fundraisers
-Education on proper outdoor storage of pollutants at home or businesses
-Education on proper fertilizer and pesticide application at home and how to use integrated pest management and alternative products to minimize environmental impacts
-Outreach and education on pet waste and installation and maintenance of pet waste bag dispensers

Project Area 7: Engage communities, raise awareness, and bring about behavior change on issues impacting water quality, including stormwater management, trash, pollution prevention, and watershed restoration.

DOEE has many projects and programs currently underway that focus on this project area, including the suite of RiverSmart programs, a ban on disposable food service ware, pollution prevention, and habitat restoration. Priority projects could encourage residents of organizations to participate in these programs, gather community feedback to improve these programs, or propose separate projects that address these goals. A proposal could focus on improving or expanding on a DOEE program

Projects in this category could include:
-Increase understanding of the District’s Zero Waste DC initiative focused on the District’s recent ban on food service ware made of expanded polystyrene and other products that cannot be recycled or composted.
-Conduct targeted outreach on DOEE’s RiverSmart Homes program in Wards 7 and 8, and specifically in Congress Heights, Fairlawn, Deanwood, Benning Ridge, Marshall Heights, and Lincoln Heights.
-Conduct outreach to neighborhoods prone to interior flooding of homes and offices. See DC Silver Jackets report.
-Improve visibility of existing RiverSmart Homes projects through installation of yard signs (500 signs are already printed and ready for installation)
-Seek feedback from community members and organizations in high priority neighborhoods to understand (a) reasons that cause, and (b) barriers to, participation in programs impacting water quality and watershed health.

Project Area 8: Commemorate 2018 as the “Year of the Anacostia”

The Year of the Anacostia commemorates the 100th anniversary of Anacostia Park and the many events and milestones that will be celebrated along the river in 2018. Projects may include activities that improve water quality, promote sustainable development, and create opportunities for engagement on and along the Anacostia River.

Allowable Expenditures:

A Grantee may use grant funds only for allowable grant project expenditures. 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.

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177367

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $20,000

Term of Contract:

A project starts on the date of DOEE’s Notice of Grant Award to the successful applicant(s). The project should be completed by April 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Institutions listed below may apply for this grant:
-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.

The project must be located in the District.

The applicant must be physically located in the District. To be considered “physically located in the District,” the applicant must have: (1) a permanent District address listed on a government-issued ID or tax return; OR (2) a business address AND tax address in the District. If the applicant is an organization without a physical address, like a neighborhood association with volunteer members, the address used must be that of a board member, lead volunteer, or owner who will be active on the proposed project, and that address must be in the District. A US Post Office box with a District address will not meet the in-District requirement.

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.

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-proposal Conference:

DOEE will host the following public information sessions:

-December 11th: South East Library – 403 7th St SE, SOE Meeting Room at 6:30 PM

-December 14th: DOEE Room 612 at 1:00 PM

-January 8th: Anacostia Library – 1800 Good Hope Road SE, Ora Glover Community Room at 6:30 PM

-January 9th: Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library – 1630 7th St NW at 6:30 PM

-January 11th: DOEE - 1200 First Street NE, Room 612 at 1:00 PM

Pre-Application Information:

All applications must be received by 6:00 PM on January 26, 2018.

DOEE expects to notify each Applicant in writing of its award status within 12 weeks after the application due date.

Contact Information:

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

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For additional information regarding this RFA, write to:

Government of the District of Columbia
Department of Energy and Environment
1200 First Street, NE, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20002
Attention: Emily Rice
RE: RFA 2018-1806-WPD

(202) 535-2600

For emails, write “RE: RFA 2018- 1806-WPD" in the subject line.

You may make an appointment in person with Emily Rice at (202) 535-2679. Mention this RFA by name.

Funding or Pin Number:

RFA # 2018-1806-WPD

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