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Community Stormwater Solutions Evaluation and Expansion Grant

Grant to a Washington, DC Nonprofit, Private Enterprise,
or IHE to Enhance Environmental Protection Programs

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE)

Conf. Date:

08/06/19

Deadline Date:

08/30/19 4:30 PM Receipt

Description:

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Grant to a Washington, DC nonprofit organization, private enterprise, faith-based organization, university, or educational institution to evaluate, improve, and expand programs that aim to protect the environment. By enhancing these existing programs, funding is intended to support the preservation of District watersheds and water bodies, promote a green economy, and encourage environmental and social entrepreneurship.

The goals of this Request for Applications (RFA) are to:

    1. Enhance, expand, and implement the current Community Stormwater Solutions Grant Program 
    2. Support the positive environmental efforts of District-based small businesses, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, and educational institutions
    3. Protect and enhance, directly or indirectly, the District of Columbia’s water bodies and watersheds, and 
    4. Support the District’s emerging green economy, environmental start-ups, and social entrepreneurs through capacity-building initiatives like grant writing and management training

    Background About the Community Stormwater Solutions Grants:

    These DOEE grants support projects that meet the Program’s objectives to (1) Reduce water pollution from trash and polluted runoff, (2) raise water quality awareness, (3) promote behavior changes in District community members, and (4) support the District’s emerging green economy, environmental start-ups, and social entrepreneurs. 

    DOEE is seeking proposals to evaluate the Community Stormwater Solutions Grants Program, research best practices, work with DOEE to enhance the Program, manage the improved Program by awarding subgrants, and expand the Program’s effectiveness. The successful applicant will consult with DOEE to determine special focus areas for each funding year’s Program.

    For a list of Project Deliverables, see https://doee.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/ddoe/release_content/attachments/Community%20Stormwater%20Expansion%20RFA.pdf#page=24.

    For typical allowable costs, see https://doee.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/ddoe/release_content/attachments/Community%20Stormwater%20Expansion%20RFA.pdf#page=12.

    GrantWatch ID#:

    GrantWatch ID#: 186480

    Estimated Total Program Funding:

    $400,000

    Number of Grants:

    DOEE expects to choose one entity for this project.

    Estimated Size of Grant:

    $400,000 is available for the two-year grant, with the option to extend an additional two years for a total of $800,000 for four years. DOEE has budgeted $200,000 for the first year.

    The project period and funding are subject to availability of funds. The grant period may be extended past the second year and/or funds may be increased, based on the availability of funds, the grantee’s performance, the grantee’s capacity to maintain or increase the scope of work, and the District’s need for the scope of work to be maintained or increased. The award amount could increase or decrease in year two and following.

    Term of Contract:

    The project period for this grant is two years, with the option of up to two additional years, for a total of four years.

    DOEE operates on the District’s fiscal year, which starts October 1 of a calendar year and ends September 30 of the next calendar year. The grantee may submit a reimbursement request or an invoice at any time during the fiscal year for work performed within that same fiscal year.

    Additional Eligibility Criteria:

    The following are eligible to apply for the grant program:

    - Nonprofit organizations, including those with IRS 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) determinations
    - Private enterprises;
    - Faith-based organizations; and
    - Universities/educational institutions

    Each program grantee must be physically located in the District.

    For Program requirements, see https://doee.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/ddoe/release_content/attachments/Community%20Stormwater%20Expansion%20RFA.pdf#page=23.

    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:

    Two informational meetings/conference calls for RFA related questions and answers will be held on July 25 at 1:00 pm and August 6, at 3:00 pm. The location of the meeting will be at the DOEE office at the address found in Contact Information below.

    Participants may call in at 1-866-830-5784. Use participant code 6971510.

    Pre-Application Information:

    The deadline for application submissions is August 30, 2019, at 4:30 pm. All applications must be received at the address of the DOEE by the deadline date and time.

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

    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 www.sam.gov and provide evidence of this registration as part of its application package to DOEE.

    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.

    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, either by published updates and Questions and Answers on the website, or via the email list of the DOEE.

    DOEE highly encourages an applicant for this grant to find matching funds to cover, at least partially, the costs of administering the proposed program.

    DOEE will reimburse the Grantee only for expenditures incurred to perform work under the grant. In limited cases, DOEE may advance funds at the beginning of the grant period for good cause approved by DOEE at its sole discretion. If the Applicant seeks an advance payment, it must request such payment in its proposal and explain why an advance payment is being requested.

    Each Applicant may submit an application for more than one project, if applicable. If an Applicant responds to more than one project, it must do so in a separate proposal and submit all corresponding required documents.

    For background information on the grant program: http://doee.dc.gov/service/community-stormwater-solutions-grants

    Contact Information:

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

    Submit the application to the following address or email:

    Government of the District of Columbia
    Department of Energy and Environment
    Attn: Emily Rice
    1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor
    Washington, DC 20002
    communitystormwater.expansion@dc.gov
    (202) 535-2600

    For questions and additional information regarding the grant program, contact the DOEE by:

    - Emailing the DOEE at the above email address with “RE: RFA 2019-1924-WPD” in the subject line;
    - In person by making an appointment with Emily Rice at (202) 535-2679;
    - Writing the DOEE at the above address with "Attention: Emily Rice RE: RFA 2019-1924-WPD" on the envelope.

    Funding or Pin Number:

    RFA # 2019-1924-WPD

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