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Lead Poisoning Prevention Outreach and Collaboration

Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits, IHEs, Agencies, and
Businesses for Educational Projects Related to Lead Poisoning

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District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE)

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Deadline Date:

01/09/19 4:30 PM Receipt


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Grants of approximately $12,000 to Washington, DC nonprofits, government agencies, faith-based organizations, educational institutions, and private enterprises for lead poisoning educational programs that benefit African and Latino residents in Wards 1, 4, and 5. Emphasis will be given to programs for parents and other caregivers of children under 6 years of age. Successful applicants may address a single target population or multiple target populations within Wards 1, 4, and/or 5.

The purpose of these grants is to increase childhood lead screening and to reduce childhood lead exposure through targeted education. Outreach must impact at least 150 Latino and African residents in Wards 1, 4, and 5, with an emphasis on parents and other caregivers of children under 6 years of age.

Anticipated short-term outcomes include 1) increased awareness in the target populations of the importance of childhood lead screening and prevention, 2) increased number of children tested for blood lead at the two intervals required by District law, namely, ages 6 to 14 months and ages 22 to 26 months; 3) increased number of children less than 6 years of age tested for blood lead; and 4) increased identification of children exposed to lead and linked to recommended follow-up services. Examples of follow-up services include, but are not limited to, medical and non-medical case management, follow-up blood lead testing, developmental screening, and lead inspections and remediation by certified professionals.

Successful applicants will propose a solution for educating residents, particularly families with young children, about the District’s laws regarding childhood lead screening, tenants’ rights, and lead-safe work practices. In addition, applicants might propose a plan for collaborating with stakeholder organizations to inform and enhance efforts to reduce the risk of exposure to lead and other home health and safety hazards for residents within the target communities.

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.

Examples of the types of activities that could be proposed under this RFA include, but are not limited to:

1. Conducting educational and outreach activities for target audiences. Applicants may create their own outreach activities, such as organizing lead workshops or classes to educate parents and other caregivers, residential property owners, or tenants. They may also incorporate lead screening and prevention education into ongoing program activities, such as health education sessions, parenting and grand-parenting workshops, tenant meetings, and home-buying and other housing counseling services. In addition, Applicants may propose to take part in activities hosted by other organizations or groups, such tabling or presenting at a health fair, family fun day, health center, homeless shelter, or place of worship. Traditional or social media and other marketing strategies may also be proposed to educate and inform target audiences.

2. Developing and/or purchasing culturally and linguistically appropriate educational and outreach materials to promote lead screening and/or lead poisoning prevention to target population(s). Examples of such materials include flyers, brochures, fact sheets, presentations, webinars, posters, webpages, press releases, media advisories, articles, op-eds, video, social media posts, and radio or print ads.

3. Connecting with other relevant stakeholders to enhance individual and community outreach and education, and to facilitate referrals for follow-up services. Applicants are asked to describe the ways in which they plan to work with other agencies, organizations, or groups in this area, and how such collaboration would help achieve the goal and purpose of this RFA. Examples of such stakeholders include, but are not limited to, health care facilities; child development facilities and early childhood education programs; healthy housing and environmental organizations; District agencies involved in health, education, and the environment; business and professional associations; and other stakeholders involved in lead poisoning prevention and healthy housing in the District.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181179

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

DOEE seeks to fund three projects.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Approximately $12,000 each

Term of Contract:

The grant period will span from the date of the award until September 29, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following are eligible to apply:

-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.

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:

An informational meeting and conference call will be held on 12/13/18 at 2:00 p.m. The in-person informational meeting will be conducted at 1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20002.

The call number for the informational meeting is 1-877-680-0165 and the conference code is 5498641#.

Pre-Application Information:

All applications must be received at the address below by 4:30 p.m. on 1/9/2019.

DOEE welcomes questions seeking clarification of matters in this RFA. Questions about the RFA should be sent to the email address below with “RE: RFA 2019-1905-” in the subject line. 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.

DOEE will reimburse the Grantee only for expenditures incurred to perform work under the grant. In limited cases, DOEE may advance funds at the beginning of the grant period for good cause approved by DOEE at its sole discretion.

DOEE will not reimburse the Grantee for any work undertaken before DOEE notifies the recipient of the final award of the grant.

If the Applicant’s staff have not received training in relation to environmental hazards in the home and basics in lead poisoning prevention, the Applicant’s staff will need to build in six hours within the first 30 days of the award to allow for training by DOEE staff.

Contact Information:

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

The paper copies must be filed with DOEE at the following address:

District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment
RFA – Grants
1200 First Street NE
5th Floor
Washington, DC 20002
Attn: RFA 2019-1905-

Email an electronic copy, formatted as a .pdf file, to:

Lisa Gilmore
(202) 535-2624

Funding or Pin Number:

RFA # 2019-1905-

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington, DC: Wards 1, 4, and 5