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CRIAC Nonprofit Relief Program Off-site Stormwater Mitigation Construction Grant

Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, and For-Profits
to Construct Infrastructure that Reduces Stormwater Runoff

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District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE)

Deadline Date:

05/17/19 4:30 PM


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Grants of up to $75,000 to Washington, DC nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations, government agencies, IHEs, and private enterprises to construct green infrastructure that reduces stormwater runoff and protects local waterbodies. Funding is intended to assist organizations in satisfying the off-site stormwater mitigation requirements of the Clean Rivers Impervious Area Charge (CRIAC) nonprofit relief program (CRIAC Nonprofit Relief Program). Applicants will provide this assistance by constructing green infrastructure (GI) to reduce stormwater runoff on behalf of CRIAC Nonprofit Relief Program participants.


This is a grant for projects to reduce stormwater runoff from properties in the District of Columbia. Impervious surfaces, which make up 43% of the District, prevent stormwater from soaking into the ground. During storms, runoff caries oil, sediment, pet waste, and other pollutants into the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers and Rock Creek. The large volume of runoff causes flooding and destabilizes stream banks. In areas served by the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4), stormwater drains directly to the District's waterbodies, typically without any water quality treatment. Removing impervious surfaces or installing green infrastructure (GI), like green roofs or rain gardens, helps to reduce runoff and restore District waterbodies.

In areas served by the Combined Sewer System (CSS), stormwater is combined with raw sewage. During large storms, the sewer is unable to hold the full volume of water, which causes an overflow of the combined stormwater and sewage directly into District waterbodies. The Clean Rivers Impervious Area Charge (CRIAC) is assessed by DC Water on property owners’ water and sewer bills in order to directly fund DC Water's work under their EPA-mandated Long Term Control Plan to reduce overflow from the Combined Sewer System (CSS). Primarily, this work consists of constructing large tunnels that have the capacity to hold more water. Construction of the tunnels is a necessary part of the District's efforts to restore water quality, particularly the Anacostia River. However, the CRIAC has had a disproportionate impact on nonprofit properties that have large impervious surfaces but little ability to pay the CRIAC.

Because of the effect the CRIAC has had on nonprofit organizations, the DC Council appropriated funding to provide relief to nonprofit organizations that experience difficulty paying the CRIAC. The Mayor has directed the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) to establish the CRIAC Nonprofit Relief Program, which allows eligible nonprofit organizations to receive a 90% reduction of their CRIAC. In order to be eligible, the DC Council required that the participating nonprofit mitigate stormwater runoff by proposing a project to reduce stormwater runoff from the nonprofit’s site. If a project on the nonprofit’s site is not feasible, the nonprofit may implement an alternative stormwater mitigation measure elsewhere in the District. This is referred to as off-site stormwater mitigation.

CRIAC Nonprofit Relief Program Participants who use off-site stormwater mitigation can either: (1) pay for this mitigation directly by purchasing Stormwater Retention Credits (SRCs); or (2) contribute funds to DOEE programs that provide stormwater mitigation. Participants have the option to elect to forgo a portion of their CRIAC relief to contribute to DOEE programs, rather than making a direct payment to DOEE of the same amount. DOEE is seeking applications for projects that will construct GI on property in the District using funds provided by CRIAC Nonprofit Relief program participants for off-site stormwater mitigation. The selected grantee(s) will receive up to $75,000 to install GI in the District as described in the project description.

Project Description

DOEE is seeking applications to assist with off-site stormwater mitigation through the construction of GI. Applicants must propose to construct GI on a property in the District in an area that is not already managed with GI. While DOEE will review applications that propose GI on any property in the District, DOEE has a preference for applicants who will propose GI that will achieve additional environmental or environmental justice benefits. DOEE also has a preference for applicants who will propose GI on property owned by a nonprofit organization.

Applicants may be organizations who construct GI on the property of others in order to generate SRCs (i.e. SRC aggregators). Organizations that are enrolled in the CRIAC Nonprofit Relief Program are not eligible to receive grant awards. However, DOEE may award grants for projects that take place on the property of a CRIAC Nonprofit Relief Program participant, provided that the organization does not indicate that on-site mitigation is infeasible in its application for relief. SRC aggregators that plan to partner with multiple property owners should submit a separate application for each project.

Project Outcomes:

1. Reduce the burden of the CRIAC on nonprofit organizations by enabling them to qualify for relief through off-site stormwater mitigation.
2. Increase in newly installed GI in the District.
3. Increase in knowledge of property owners and others about the environmental benefits of GI.

Typical allowable costs are:

1. Rental of office space, some vehicles, and some equipment;
2. Employee salaries and benefits;
3. Contractor labor, including professional services;
4. Accounting and bookkeeping services;
5. Communications, including telephone and data services;
6. Printing, reproduction, including signage;
7. Materials and supplies;
8. Computers and printers;
9. Small tools;
10. Some field equipment, typically below $5,000 in value;
11. Postage and shipping;
12. Necessary travel, meals and lodging; and
13. Insurance.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184905

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

DOEE expects to make up to 5 separate grant awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $75,000 each

Term of Contract:

All expenses funded by the grant must occur by September 30, 2019. If the proposal for the GI project involves activity after September 30, 2019, then the application must include a plan for completion of the project after the grant period has ended. DOEE will not reimburse the grantee for activities that occur after September 30, 2019, unless DOEE has extended the project period in writing.

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:

An informational meeting/conference call and opportunity for question and answers will be held on 12-11-2018 @ 9:00am.

The location of the meeting will be:

1200 First ST NE., Fifth Floor
Washington, DC 20002

The call number is (202) 724-2000 and conference code is Login: 2045 (do not hit the “#” sign); Pin: 170809

Pre-Application Information:

Four rounds of review will occur:

- The deadline to be considered in Round 1 is 1/11/2019 at 4:30pm.
- The deadline to be considered in Round 2 is 2/22/2019 at 4:30pm. DOEE shall announce by 2/8/2019 the amount of funds awarded for Round 1.
- The deadline to be considered in Round 3 is 4/5/2019 at 4:30pm. DOEE shall announce by 3/22/2019 the amount of funds awarded for Round 2.
- The deadline to be considered in Round 4 is 5/17/2019 at 4:30pm. DOEE shall announce by 5/3/2019 the amount of funds awarded for Round 3.

The cut-off date for receipt of any questions is one week prior to the application deadline.

If the total amount of funding DOEE has awarded reaches $270,000 after Round 1, 2, or 3, no applications shall be funded in the remaining rounds. If after awarding grants, DOEE has not awarded a total of $270,000.00 and has funds available, DOEE may also amend grant awards to provide additional funding to outstanding applications that demonstrate the need for additional funding, prioritizing funds for grantees who will maximize stormwater mitigation with the additional funds.

Projects that would be carried out on National Park Service (NPS) property will require NPS permission. Sometimes the paperwork supporting such permission takes extra time to complete. DOEE will accept more informal statements generated by responsible NPS officials, including emails.

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.

The paper copies must be filed with DOEE at the following address:

District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment
RFA – Grants
1200 First Street NE
5th Floor
Washington, DC 20002
Attn: RFA 2019-1901-RRD

Email an electronic copy, formatted as a pdf file, to:

DOEE can be contacted about this RFA (use the RFA’s short name and number whenever
possible) by:

(a) Emailing the above address with “RE: RFA 2019-1901- RRD" in the subject line;
(b) In person by making an appointment with Matt Johnson at (202) 741-0861 and mentioning this RFA by name; or
(c) Writing to DOEE at 1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20002, Attention: Matt Johnson RE: RFA 2019-1901-RRD on the envelope.

Funding or Pin Number:

RFA # 2019-1901-RRD

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington, DC