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DC High Water Mark (HWM) Project

Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits, Faith-Based Organizations,
For-Profits, and IHEs for Projects to Address Local Flooding

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District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE)

Deadline Date:

03/01/21 11:59 PM Receipt


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Grants to Washington, DC nonprofit and faith-based organizations, private enterprises, and IHEs to create public projects addressing the history and risk of flooding in the area. Applicants are advised to finalize registrations prior to submitting an application. The program is intended to help the public understand the risk of flooding and the importance of mitigating that risk through the installation of a High Water Mark visual presentation at The Wharf in Southwest Washington, DC.

Environment (DOEE) solicits grant applications from eligible entities (called “Applicants”). The goal of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to receive proposals for a high quality, cost-effective and unique way to communicate instances of historic and projected flooding through the design, production, and installation of a High Water Mark visual presentation at The Wharf in the District of Columbia.

The purpose of these grants is to reduce the loss of life, damage to property, and harm to natural resources from flooding. The High Water Mark installation will build community resilience to future flooding, help the public understand the risk of flooding, and mitigate that risk.

Project Outcomes:

  • Heightened public awareness of historic and projected flooding in Washington, DC.
  • Increased public and property owner interest in exploring methods to mitigate flood risk.
  • Better collaboration among District, federal, and private landowners to reduce flood risk.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183841

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DOEE hopes to select one or more installations

Term of Contract:

The project period is from date of award, through September 30, 2021. This period can be extended and additional funding provided, depending upon the performance of the Grantee and the availability of funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following are eligible to apply:
- Nonprofit organizations, with an IRS 501(c)(3)or 501(c)(4) determinations;
- Faith-based organizations;
- 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-Application Information:

- Publication Date: January 29, 2021
- Application Deadline: March 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m

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.

The Department will not receive faxed copies.

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.

Submit applications, and for additional information regarding the RFA, write to:

Government of the District of Columbia
Department of Energy and Environment
1200 First Street, NE
5th Floor
Washington, DC 20002

(202) 535-2600

The contact person for this RFA is Joshua Schnitzlein

Funding or Pin Number:

RFA #2021-2030-RRD

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