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DC Business Certifications Program: Living Wage

Grant to a Washington, DC Nonprofit to Administer an
Employer Living Wage Certification Program

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District of Columbia Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD)

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02/15/19 2:00 PM


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Grant starting at $50,000 to a Washington, DC nonprofit organization to administer a program that certifies area employers for meeting living wage employer requirements. Funding is intended to support a program administrator who will build an inclusive, innovative, and broad framework for incentivizing employers to certify.

The grant is to administer the Living Wage Certification Program, as outlined in DC Code §2-218.15, to certify employers that apply and meet the criteria of the law. In this baseline year, the administrator will establish a framework and systems in partnership with the Department, to include combining the list of employers with the Made in DC program, DC Code § 2–1208.31-6.

The funds can be used for the following program administration uses:

1. Staff time;
2. Logo development and physical logo collateral;
3. Public outreach and engagement;
4. Website and database development;
5. Application development;
6. Or, other uses proposed by the grantee and accepted by the Department

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GrantWatch ID#: 185121

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Applicants may request any amount between $50,000 and $125,000.

Term of Contract:

Successful applicants may apply the funds that meet the allowable uses for expenses incurred after October 1, 2018, and before September 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

There are several required documents to demonstrate eligibility:

A. Federal Employment Identification Number (FEIN): All applicants must have a FEIN number for the current or forming business and supply it with the application. Applicants can obtain an FEIN number from
B. Clean Hands: All applicants must be currently registered non-profits in the District and must have “Clean hands” with the DC Office of Tax and Revenue. DSLBD will check this
internally for all registered and licensed businesses.
C. DC-Based Non-Profit: Applicants must be a DC-based non-profit and should provide corporate records to reflect this.
D. DC Business License: (1) DC Business License or (2) License Number Applicants can obtain a Business License from
E. Financials: Applicants must provide copies of financial statements for their organizations. Unaudited financial statements plus copies of federal tax filings can be accepted in place of audited statements.

The funds cannot be used for any of the following uses:

1. Financing existing debt, including payment of taxes owed;
2. Purchasing or leasing of office space or vehicles;
3. Expenses incurred before October 1, 2018, or after September 30, 2019;
4. Expenses which are reimbursed by a different grant from DC Government;
5. Or, personal use or other uses not related to the business identified in the grant

Pre-proposal Conference:

DSLBD encourages interested applicants to attend this Application Information Session.

Date And Time:
Fri, January 25, 2019
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

441 4th Street Northwest
Room 846N
Washington, DC 20001

To register:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due February 15, 2019, by 2 p.m. No exceptions.

For applicants submitting by February 8, , 2019, at 2 p.m., DSLBD will conduct a review by February 12 and notify applicants of any missing documentation. This check will not review for applicant eligibility. Applicants will then have until the final deadline to correct their application.


- Pre-Review Deadline February 8, 2019 2 pm
- Application Deadline February 15, 2019 2 pm (no
- Award Notification Date March 1, 2019
- Grant Agreement Anticipated Date March 15, 2019
- Funding Disbursement Schedule Variable
- Last date to incur costs September 30, 2019

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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Additional questions may be sent to Kate Mereand or Virginia-Marie Roure at and

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington, DC