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Net Zero Project Design Assistance

Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits, Faith-Based Organizations, Agencies,
IHEs, and Businesses for Early-Design Plans for Energy-Efficient Buildings

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District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE)

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05/01/19 4:30 PM


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Grants of up to $20,000 to Washington, DC nonprofit and faith-based organizations, government agencies, IHEs, and private businesses to provide design plans for energy-efficient buildings. Funding is intended to design building projects that are committed to aligning with net-zero energy requirements. Early, integrated design is essential to enable buildings to achieve deep energy efficiency, but can be difficult to fund through existing project budgets. Grantees will provide a project plan outlining the scope of the design assistance and schedule for implementation.

A net-zero energy (NZE) building is an extremely energy-efficient building that is designed and operated to produce as much energy as it consumes over the course of the year. NZE buildings prioritize strategies that reduce energy consumption, ensure occupant comfort, increase operational savings, and extend the life of mechanical and lighting systems. To enable the early design work that is so important in a successful, cost-effective NZE project, this grant provides financial support to multiple projects committed to NZE performance.

New construction or major renovation projects of all types and sizes are eligible to apply; however the potential impact of the grant award on GHG reductions and social equity concerns will be considered during the selection process. Examples of this assistance include, but are not limited to:
1. A net-zero energy design charrette,
2. Iterative energy modeling,
3. On-site renewable energy opportunity analysis,
4. Early engagement with a commissioning agent, or
5. Lifecycle cost analysis.

Project Outcomes:
1. Generate more NZE buildings in the District to be utilized as case studies in advance of planned 2026 code requirements.
2. Build the capacity of the development community to successfully develop NZE buildings in the District.
3. Identify the early design needs for successful NZE projects.

Project Outputs
1. Project work plan outlining the scope of the design assistance and schedule before further work begins.
2. Monthly status reports discussing actions taken, progress and next steps.
3. Documentation of the design assistance provided.
4. Identify the early design needs for successful NZE projects

For a list of allowable costs, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185695

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Number of Grants:

Multiple grantees will be selected.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may apply for up to $20,000.

Term of Contract:

The initial project period is from the date of grant award through September 30, 2019. The grant may be extended based on the availability of funds, the grantee’s performance, the capacity to maintain or increase the project goals, and the District’s needs.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following institutions may apply for these grants:
- 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:

On Thursday, April 11, 2019, DOEE will host a pre-application conference at its headquarters office at 1200 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002 from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm in conference room 512.

Interested participants can attend in person by reporting to the 5th floor reception desk, or via phone at 1-866-459-6055 with the participant code 9112782.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for application submissions is May 1, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. Five hard copies must be submitted to the address below and a complete electronic copy must be e-mailed.

DOEE welcomes questions seeking clarification of matters in this RFA. Questions about the RFA should be sent to the email below with “RE: RFA 2019-1912-USA” in the subject line. 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.

If a project within this RFA is funded wholly or partially by federal funding sources, applicants for that project must be registered in the System for Award Management at and provide evidence of this registration as part of its application package to DOEE.

Contact Information:

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

Submit applications to:

1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20002
Attn: Casey Studhalter RE:2019-1912-USA

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To make an appointment, call Casey Studhalter at (202) 535-2460.

Funding or Pin Number:

RFA # 2019-1912-USA

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington, DC