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Green Building Fund: Tools for Deep Green Building in DC

Grant to a Washington, DC Nonprofit, For-Profit,
IHE, or Agency to Promote Green Building Resources

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Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE)

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03/12/18 4:30 PM Receipt


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Grant to a Washington, DC nonprofit, government agency, IHE, private enterprise, or faith-based organization to develop technical resources to facilitate the adoption of energy conservation in the built environment. This program seeks to make sustainable development within the District more achievable.

The goal of the RFA is to assist the District in meeting the ambitious goals related to green buildings set out in the Sustainable DC Plan. The particular objective of the RFA is to make private and public sustainable development investments easier, more effective, and more cost-effective.

The purpose of this grant is to create a series of technical resources that will accelerate the adoption of new technology, energy conservation measures, high-performance systems, and resilient design strategies, moving the District toward a more sustainable built environment.

Project Description:

The funded work must provide resources that will advance integration and construction of new, emerging, and complex sustainable design technologies. The grantee will develop solutions that minimize practical barriers to the District’s sustainable development.

The grantee will identify strategies and technologies to materially help those in the District meet Sustainable DC goals, and then proceed to address them. DOEE understands that there are many ways to go about this. DOEE asks the applicant to propose its view of the most effective work. DOEE has considered many approaches. An applicant might detail practical, ways to integrate renewable energy production with battery storage or fuel cells, or perhaps develop solutions that focus on rising waters and stronger storms might produce flood resilience strategies and increased rainwater harvesting. Or a proposal might look to measures that ensure that new buildings and retrofits maximize energy and resource efficiency, while producing energy. A proposal might generate instructional materials and events, or create the modern equivalent of the 20th century’s architect/engineer’s bookshelf of design tear sheets.

The applicant will need to justify its choice, or choices, of proposed methods. The application should demonstrate why the chosen method, or proposed resource, is most likely to move the District toward the District Government’s goals. The proposal should explain why it will work, and why it will deliver the best “bang for the buck”. Examples are useful.

DOEE intends to deliver the grant’s products to the public. The application should suggest how best to do this, and at what cost. While the grant itself is for one year, if the applicant offers something with a longer life, the application should explain briefly how the District Government would continue its usefulness. DOEE thinks that the cost effective way may use the internet, to publish resource and training materials through a new or existing web-based platform. DOEE has a website, the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) has one, there is, and the Sustainable DC website.

An applicant can be one group or a team. The budget for this effort is meaningful, but not immense. DOEE hopes to see applicants who can field knowledgeable participants from multiple disciplines. DOEE hopes to see subject matter experts who will work hands on.

In the case of an application for a team of organizations, one lead applicant should be identified as responsible for submitting the application and managing the project during the award period. An application for a team with members from different entities must submit a letter of commitment from each member entity.

Project Outcomes, Outputs, and Deliverables Project Outcomes:
1. A tool or tools, or an object or enterprise, that materially moves the District community forward in its efforts to achieve the goals of the Sustainable DC Plan.
2. A target community or group that is materially better educated to assist in this progress architects.
3. The public availability of at least one solution to help achieve the goals.

1. A project workplan, addressing the schedule, expenditures, deliverables, and communications. This plan must be delivered to DOEE for approval before work can begin.
2. Kick-off meeting with DOEE.
3. Monthly status reports discussing the actions taken, progress, and next steps. These will be in writing, delivered by email, and may be followed by short telephone or in-person meetings.
4. The proposed project, and its materials and events.
5. Hard copies and electronic files, to be “owned” by the District, of all developed project materials.
6. A summary presentation of the project in PowerPoint format that can be shared inside and outside of DOEE.

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183130

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The amount available for the project for this calendar year is $100,000.

Term of Contract:

The project period ends September 30, 2018, the last day of the District Government’s fiscal year. 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;
-Faith-based organizations;
-Government agencies
-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-proposal Conference:

To attend the February 14 informational meeting/conference call:
-Call-in Number: (866) 738-0635
-Conference Code: 7488157

To attend the February 15 informational conference call:
-Call-in Number: 1-866-738-0635
-Conference Code is: 7488157

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

(202) 535-2600

Pre-Application Information:

Additional information may become available before the application is due. It is the Applicant’s responsibility to stay up-to-date on the status and requirements of the grant for which it is applying.

DOEE welcomes questions seeking clarification of matters in this RFA. DOEE will publish updates and Questions and Answers (Q&A) regarding the RFA at DOEE will also create an email list to send updates and information regarding the RFA.

DOEE will provide the information to those on the email list at the same time the information is uploaded to the DOEE website. Paper copy updates will be available for pickup at DOEE’s offices by appointment. DOEE will not mail out updates or Q&A materials.

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 3/12/2018.

This RFA is competitive. Each Applicant must demonstrate its ability to carry out the activities for the grant for which it applies (called a “project”). A review panel will evaluate the applications for each advertised grant according to the stated list of criteria in each project’s description. The proposal/s with the highest score/s will be awarded the grant.

DOEE expects to notify each Applicant in writing of its award status within six to twelve weeks after the application due date.

Contact Information:

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

To attend the February 14 informational meeting/conference call:
-Call-in Number: (866) 738-0635
-Conference Code: 7488157

An informational conference call and opportunity for question and answers will be held on Thursday, February 15, at 3:00 p.m. The call in number is: 1-866-738-0635; and Conference Code is: 7488157.

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 # 2018-1801-USA

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington, DC