Community Stormwater Solutions Grants

Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies,
and IHEs to Improve Storm Runoff Management

GrantWatch ID#: 177367
Agency Type:


Government of the District of Columbia - Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE)

01/27/17 5:00 PM Receipt

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Grants of up to $20,000 to Washington, DC nonprofits, faith-based organizations, IHEs, government agencies, and private enterprises for community-focused projects to enhance stormwater management throughout the District. Proposals must fit into at least one of the following categories:

-Remove impervious surfaces, install green infrastructure, or plant trees;
-Create/promote jobs focused on stormwater solutions;
-Restore native habitat;
-Clean up an area affected by high volumes of litter;
-Prevent litter
-Educate or raise awareness of a stormwater issue.

This program builds on DOEE’s existing efforts, including the vision set out in the recently signed, multi-jurisdictional Anacostia Accord, which seeks “to ensure that the Anacostia, and all our waterways, are not polluted by any material that renders them unsightly, creates a nuisance, or impacts any designated use.”


Up to $20,000

The following organizations are eligible:
-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) It uses invasive plant species, herbicides, or pesticides.

3) 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.”

4) The application is incomplete.

5) The application or communications are not truthful.

6) The applicant is unable to meet a material condition of the grant. Potential exception: If an applicant’s ability to fulfill the terms of the grant is based on skilled staff, and the staff identified in the application leave after the application’s submittal, the applicant must advise DOEE in writing of the change immediately. The applicant may propose a work- around; however, if the applicant fails to advise of the change, the truthfulness requirement has been violated.

Applications are due by January 27, 2017, 5:00 PM.

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

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

Government of the District of Columbia
Department of Energy and Environment
1200 First Street, NE 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20002

(202) 535-2600

RFA # 2016-1705-SWMD

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