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A Characterization Study of Direct Geothermal Resource Potential for Ground Source Heat Pump Technologies

Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits, For-Profits, and
IHEs to Research Potential for Net-Zero Energy Installations

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District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE)

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01/12/18 4:30 PM Receipt


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Grants to Washington, DC nonprofit organizations, private enterprises, and IHEs for research concerning the potential for net-zero energy installations in buildings within the District. Projects must investigate the potential for installing geothermal energy and storage systems used in conjunction with solar energy sources.

The purpose of this grant is to receive an analysis of the potential use of geothermal resources in the District for thermal storage and energy in conjunction with on-site generation of solar energy to develop net-zero energy buildings. The analysis should include a technical, economic, and implementability evaluation of how Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHPs) paired with solar systems can be used to address heating and cooling needs across the District, including identification of buildings or neighborhoods with a high net-zero energy potential using solar and GSHPs. There will also be an evaluation of the policy frameworks that enable and/or hinder the use of geothermal resources.

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.

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GrantWatch ID#: 182450

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Term of Contract:

The project must be completed and a final report delivered by August 30, 2018. This period can be extended and additional funding provided, depending upon the performance of the Grantee and the availability of funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

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-Application Information:

The cut-off date for receipt of any questions is one week prior to the application deadline.

All applications must be received at the address below by 4:30 PM on January 12, 2018.

Contact Information:

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

Questions about the RFA should be sent to with “RE: RFA 2018-1718-EA” in the subject line.

Edward Yim

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 # 2018-1718-EA

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington, DC