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Grant to a Washington, DC Nonprofit or Faith-Based Organization,
Agency, Private Enterprise, or IHE to Promote Sustainability

2022 Small and Accessible Sustainability Grant Program

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District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE)

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Deadline Date:

01/18/22 11:59 PM Receipt


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Grant to a Washington, DC nonprofit or faith-based organization, government agency, private enterprise, or IHE to promote waste reduction and support urban agriculture. Funding is intended for the grantee to provide modest subgrants to local public and charter schools and small, new, and/or historically-excluded (SNHE) organizations.

This Request for Applications (RFA) seeks eligible entities to advance the District’s sustainability goals. A means to this end is modest subgrants. The successful Grantee will manage a small grants program for at least one year, and up to that level for possibly up to four years. Some part of that budget may cover the Grantee’s administrative costs.

The subgrants’ targets will be small, new, and/or historically-excluded (SNHE) entities, such as businesses, organizations, non-profits, and charter and public schools. The Grantee will award grants that advance sustainability. The Grantee will provide community training for skills needed to win competitive grants from DOEE and similar grantors.

For the first year of this grant, DOEE projects funding is allocated among the following types of subgrants:

  1. Urban Agriculture Infrastructure and Operations Subgrants: Funding is allocated to increase crop production, access to fresh foods, and increase educational experiences related to urban agriculture.
  2. Ditch the Disposables Subgrants: Funding available to food serving entities, including public and charter schools to support reduction in the use of disposable food service ware and waste for food-serving entities.
  3. Donation and Reuse Subgrants: Funding is allocated to support waste reduction through donation and reuse.

For a list of allowable expenditures, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 200328

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

DOEE intends to select one grantee.

Estimated Size of Grant:

For the first year of this grant, DOEE projects funding is allocated among the following types of subgrants:
1. Urban Agriculture Infrastructure and Operations Subgrants $88,452
2. Ditch the Disposables Subgrants $320,000
3. Donation and Reuse Subgrants $75,000

Term of Contract:

One year. The project period is through September 30, 2022. The project can be extended for up to three more years, for a total of four years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All the institutions below may apply for this grant:

- 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.

The Grantee must have the capacity to handle multiple concurrent RFAs and overlapping submissions of applications.

The following restrictions must apply to each subgrant:
1. Each subgrantee must be physically located in the District.
2. Each subgrantee project must be physically located in the District.
3. A subgrant shall not supplant/replace funding for a subgrantee’s existing program, activity, or general operating funding. The subgrant should fund something added or increased.
4. Each subgrantee must complete project deliverables by end of the District’s fiscal year in which they receive the Grantee’s funding.

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 conduct the following virtual info sessions. Attendance is not required:

Thursday, December 09, 2021, starting at 3:00 pm EST

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Meeting number: 2318 609 4608
Meeting password: 33kRJdtKfX9

Wednesday, January 05, 2022, starting at 2:00 pm EST

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Meeting number: 2310 300 5744
Meeting password: 23ZhtAERYN2

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for application submissions is January 18, 2022. The online application must be time stamped by 11:59 p.m. on the date the application is due.

DOEE welcomes questions seeking clarification of matters in this RFA. DOEE will publish updates and Questions and Answers (Q&A) regarding the RFA at The cutoff date for receipt of any questions is one week prior to the application deadline.

Each Applicant may submit more than one application with different projects. If an Applicant responds with more than one project, it must do so in a separate proposal and submit all corresponding required documents.

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

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

To maximize the amount of funding going directly to community entities through small subgrants, DOEE highly encourages matching funds to cover, at least partially, the costs of administering the proposed program.

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

Contact Information:

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

Email the completed application to

The contact person for this RFA is Brenda Perez.

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

Government of the District of Columbia
Department of Energy and Environment
1200 First Street, NE
5th Floor
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 535-2600

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