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GreenWrench Technical Assistance Program Expansion (GWE)

Grant to a Washington, DC Nonprofit, Agency, IHE, or Business
for Pollution Reduction in the Automotive Industry

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District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE)

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01/25/19 4:30 PM Receipt


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Grant to a Washington, DC nonprofit, agency, IHE, or business for technical assistance to local automotive repair shops to adopt pollution prevention measures. Funding is intended to reduce water, air, and land pollution in the Washington, DC area through providing education, resources, and encouragement to local shops.

GreenWrench has four key elements: technical assistance visits, certification, workshops, and a newsletter.

This program expansion will enable the program to reach 60 additional shops with existing services and incorporate two new elements. These new elements include having shops try out and provide feedback on alternative products made out of safer chemicals and training technical school students on P2.

Project Outcomes
1. Partnering shops reduce pollution with source reduction by addressing energy and water use, material use, on-site practices, and control measures. Shops incorporate P2 Best Management Practices (BMPs) as standard operating procedures.
2. DOEE, partnering shops, and the public appreciate the impact GreenWrench has on the environment and on shop finances.
3. Auto body and repair shops improve their P2 efforts, are motivated to achieve continual improvement, and incorporate safer chemicals into their operations.
4. Students studying to be mechanics understand how and why they should implement P2 BMPs and comply with environmental regulations.

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#: 185044

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Term of Contract:

The project period will begin on the date of the grant award until August 31, 2020. 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 institutions below may apply for these grants:
- Nonprofit organizations, including those with IRS 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) determinations;
- 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:

DOEE will host the following public information sessions at 1200 First St NE, Room 612:

- Thursday, December 20, 2018
- Monday, January 14, 2019
- Thursday, January 17, 2019

Participants are welcome to join the sessions via phone using the following call-in information:
Conference call number: 1 (866) 830-5784 Participant Code: 6971510

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for application submissions is January 25, at 4:30 PM.

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

DOEE welcomes questions seeking clarification of matters in this RFA. The cut-off date for receipt of any questions is one week prior to the application deadline.

Grant funds related to work performed will be provided on a reimbursement basis, except that an advance of funds may be provided for grant administration expenses in limited circumstances for good cause approved by DOEE at its sole discretion.

Contact Information:

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

Five hard copies of the application must be submitted to the below address and a complete electronic copy must be e-mailed to

District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment
RFA – Grants
1200 First Street NE
5th Floor
Washington, DC 20002
Attn: RFA 2019-1823-WPD

Questions about the RFA should be sent to the above email address with “RE: RFA 2019-1823-WPD” in the subject line.

Applicants may also make an appointment with Clara Elias at (202) 645-4231.

(202) 535-2600

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RFA # 2019-1823-WPD

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USA: Washington, DC