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DC Environmental Literacy Advancement Grant (ELAG)

Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits and CBOs
for K-12 Environmental Education Programs

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District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) - Division of Health and Wellness

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09/16/19 3:00 PM


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Grants to Washington, DC nonprofit and community-based organizations for the provision of environmental education programming in local elementary schools. Applications are invited from organizations that have experience working with K-12 public schools within the District. Funding is intended to provide environmental education programs to District schools represented in the 2019-21 Environmental Literacy Leadership Cadre.

The Healthy Schools Act (HSA) of 2010 (D.C. Law 18-209), as amended (codified at D.C. Official Code § 38-821.01 et. seq.) aims to create a healthy school environment where students can achieve academically and learn healthy nutrition and activity habits for life. The HSA acknowledges that creating and sustaining an environmentally friendly school atmosphere and integrating environmental education into schools’ curricula are essential to the health and wellness of students, as well as the health of the local environment and community (D.C. Official Code § 38-821.02(g)).

OSSE is soliciting applications for Environmental Literacy Advancement Grants that will provide quality environmental education programs to a minimum of one entire grade level. Grantees are encouraged to collaborate and/or partner with other organizations to determine which grade level will best fit their expertise and decrease the chance of duplicative efforts.

The intended population for the DC Environmental Literacy Advancement Grant is:
- Elementary students and teachers from schools represented in the Environmental Literacy Leadership Cadre
- Environmental education CBOs with experience working with K-12 public schools in the District of Columbia.
- Applicants must be able to work with all schools in the Environmental Literacy Leadership Cadre

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182025

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Number of Grants:

OSSE anticipates awarding no more than seven awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

For the 2020 fiscal year, the total amount of anticipated funding will range from $150,000 to $280,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is two years beginning on Oct. 1, 2019 and ending on Sept. 30, 2021, contingent upon funding availability and the grantee’s satisfactory implementation of the proposed program. Applicants must re-apply for the second year of funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

OSSE will accept applications from nonprofit organizations and CBOs with 501(c)(3) status.

The funds MAY NOT be used for travel expenses (ex: hotels, airline tickets, and per diem).

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants are highly encouraged to attend a pre-application conference at OSSE on July 31, 2019, at 2 p.m. in Conference Room 622. This will provide the opportunity to meet other interested organizations and identify potential partners.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted electronically using the Electronic Grants Management System (EGMS) no later than Sept. 16, 2019, at 3 p.m.

Announcement Date: July 1, 2019
RFA Release Date: July 15, 2019
Pre-Application Question Period Ends: Aug. 21, 2019
Application Submission Deadline: Sept. 16, 2019

To ensure an equal opportunity for all applicants, OSSE requests that applicants submit questions regarding the RFA electronically to Grace Manubay by Aug. 21, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. Answers to submitted questions will be made available by Sept. 6, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. Questions submitted after this deadline date will not receive responses. Responses to questions will be published on the FAQ page here:

Applicants must contribute cost-sharing funds equal to or greater than 20 percent of the grant amount. A detailed line-item breakdown of cost-sharing contributions should be identified in the budget. Volunteer time may be used to satisfy this requirement. Applicants applying for less than $5,000 are not required to contribute cost-sharing funds.

Grant award payments are reimbursable on a monthly basis.

Contact Information:

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

EGMS registration and login:

Grace Manubay, Environmental Literacy Coordinator
(202) 654-6116

Healthy Schools and Wellness Programs
Division of Health and Wellness
Office of the State Superintendent of Education
Government of the District of Columbia
1050 First St. NE, 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20002

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USA: Washington, DC