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FY 2019 Clean Water Construction (CWC) Treatment Works Projects

Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits, Agencies, and
Educational Institutions to Enhance Water Quality

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District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE)

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04/02/18 4:30 PM Receipt


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Grants to Washington, DC nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and IHEs to enhance water quality in the Potomac, Anacostia, and Rock Creek watersheds. Project categories include stormwater green infrastructure, stormwater grey infrastructure, and sewage infrastructure.

The goals of this Request for Applications (RFA) are to improve the water quality of Rock Creek, the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers and their tributaries, and the Chesapeake Bay. Projects should contribute toward the District of Columbia’s (District) compliance with the Clean Water Act (CWA) through one of three project categories: (1) Sewage Infrastructure; (2) Stormwater Grey Infrastructure; and (3) Stormwater Green Infrastructure.

Project proposals that are received in response to this request will be scored and placed on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Project Priority List (PPL), which will be published for public comment and submitted to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval. Grant award(s) will be made based on the ranking of the projects on the PPL, funding match availability, and the project readiness to proceed. The Water Quality Division (“WQD”) of DOEE will administer this RFA.

Purpose of the Grants:

This solicitation will result in an updated PPL for use in the FY 2019 application to EPA’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund. To be eligible for funding through the Clean Water Construction (CWC) program, EPA requires that a proposed project must be included on the PPL.

A DOEE review team will score all projects meeting minimum eligibility requirements. The PPL presents projects from each of the three project categories, with projects listed in descending order of rank per category, and based on the total points awarded using the District of Columbia Project Priority Rating System (PPRS) (Appendix 7).

Clean Water Construction Grant:

DOEE’s CWC program is designed to direct federal funding to projects that contribute to the compliance of the enforceable requirements of the Clean Water Act and to the goals of other District environmental initiatives.

The CWC grant award process occurs over two fiscal years. In the first year, DOEE updates the PPL with new projects, as follows:
1. DOEE solicits applications for new projects;
2. DOEE adds new projects to the PPL within the applicable project category, in order from highest score to lowest, creating three ranked lists;
3. DOEE seeks public comment on the PPL; and
4. DOEE submits the PPL to EPA for review and approval.

In the second year of the cycle, DOEE applies for CWC funding in the following way:
1. EPA notifies DOEE of the Clean Water Construction State Revolving Fund allocation;
2. DOEE determines the number of projects to fund by considering the amount of funding available, the number of projects identified as ready to proceed, and DOEE’s capacity to oversee projects; and
3. DOEE submits the District’s CWC grant application to EPA.

Annually, DOEE will solicit new project applications to be added to the next fiscal year’s PPL. This solicitation requests applications for three project categories: Sewage Infrastructure Projects, Stormwater Grey Infrastructure Projects, and Stormwater Green Infrastructure Projects. All proposals received are vetted for minimum eligibility, scored, and then placed on the PPL. The PPL presents the projects in three lists – one for each project category. Within each category, projects are listed in descending order by rank based on the total points awarded according to the PPRS scoring criteria.

For each newly updated PPL, DOEE will provide an opportunity for public involvement. DOEE will publish a notice of the public comment period in the D.C. Register and on the DOEE website, and provide the draft PPL on the DOEE website. DOEE will also email the notice directly to CWC stakeholders, and provide the PPL in hard copy, upon request. DOEE expects this posting to occur approximately eight weeks after the project application deadline. All relevant comments will be considered when finalizing the PPL.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181611

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Estimated Size of Grant:

There is no set minimum or maximum funding project cost requirement.

Term of Contract:

The CWC grant award process occurs over two fiscal years.

DOEE operates on the District’s fiscal year, which starts October 1 of a calendar year and ends September 30 of the next calendar year. The grantee may submit a reimbursement request or an invoice at any time during the fiscal year for work performed within that same fiscal year. Each request/invoice must include supporting documentation

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following are eligible to apply:
-Nonprofit organizations, including those with IRS 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) determinations;
-Government agencies
-Universities/educational institutions.

For a project to be included on the PPL, both the project and the entity receiving funding must be eligible. Project eligibility requirements appear in the DOEE Project Priority Rating System (Appendix 6).

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.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A pre-application meeting will be held on March 12, 2018, at 1:00 PM.

The location of the meeting will be:
1200 First St NE
Washington DC, 20002

Please meet in the DOEE 5th floor reception area.

Participants may also call in.

Attendance is not mandatory.

Pre-Application Information:

All applications must be received at the address below by 4:30 PM on 4/02/2018.

DOEE will post the updated FY 2019 PPL to DOEE’s website approximately eight weeks after the project application deadline. The FY 2019 PPL will be made available for a 30-day public comment period and public hearing prior to final submission to EPA.

DOEE expects to make the grant award notifications in the second year of the CWC grant application cycle.

Contact Information:

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

To call in to the March 12 pre-application meeting:
-Toll-free: (866) 741-7514
-Participant Code: 2014667

Keren O'Brien Murphy
(202) 731-7262

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

(202) 535-2600

Funding or Pin Number:

RFA # 2018-1814-WQD

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USA: Washington, DC