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2021 Green Zone Environmental Program (GZEP) - Watershed Protection Projects

Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, and
IHEs for Educational Programs Addressing Environmental Issues

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District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE)

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Deadline Date:

04/09/21 11:59 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $20,000 to Washington, DC nonprofit and faith-based organizations, government agencies, IHEs, and private entities to provide educational programs addressing environmental issues. Funding is intended to support activities focused on improving water quality, improving participants’ job readiness, and establishing or deepening their connection to the environment.

DOEE seeks eligible entities to develop projects that will provide District youth and young adults, ages 14-24, participating in the Green Zone Environmental Program (GZEP), a summer workforce development program, with education and training focused on improving water quality, establishing or deepening participants’ connection to the environment, and provide skills for entry-level jobs in the green economy.  In addition, projects should raise awareness and lead to behavior change on issues of water quality and the impacts of stormwater runoff on District water bodies. 

Each selected grantee is expected to work with a cohort of 25 participants on Wednesdays and Thursdays during the six-week program running from June 28 to August 6, 2021. The projects should engage participants in activities that strengthen their resumes, raise awareness about the impacts of stormwater runoff on District water bodies, and establish or deepen participants’ connection to the environment. 

While GZEP typically operates in-person, DOEE is currently planning for the program to operate virtually in 2021 due to the District’s current public health emergency. However, if restrictions are lifted between publication of this RFA and the start of the program, DOEE would like to give the selected grantees the opportunity to offer hands-on, in-person field experiences to participants.

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185101

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

DOEE intends to award multiple grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

An applicant may apply for up to $20,000.

Term of Contract:

The project period is from the date of award, through August 31, 2021. This period can be extended, and/or additional funding provided, depending upon the performance of the grantee and the availability of funds.

Each selected grantee is expected to work with a cohort of 25 participants on Wednesdays and Thursdays during the six-week program running from June 28 to August 6, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- 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.

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:

An informational webinar/conference call and opportunity for question and answers will be held on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm.

Attendee Link:
- Meeting Number: 160 744 7372
- Password: meeting

Call in:
- Call in number: 1-202-860-2110
- Access number: 160 744 7372

Pre-Application Information:

All applications must be received at the email address below by 11:59 p.m. on 4/9/2021.

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

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

Applicants must be registered in the System for Award Management at and provide evidence of this registration as part of its application package to DOEE.

Each Applicant may submit an application for more than one project, if applicable.

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.

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For additional information regarding this RFA, write to the email address above.

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 # 2021-2109-WPD

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USA: Washington, DC

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