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Pumpout Services for Recreational Boaters in the District of Columbia

Grants to Washington, DC Agencies, Nonprofits, Businesses, and
Educational Institutions to Reduce Waste in Local Bodies of Water

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District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE)

Deadline Date:

10/19/20 4:30 PM


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Grants to Washington, DC government agencies, nonprofit organizations, private enterprises, and educational institutions to decrease waste in local bodies of water. Applicants must complete required registrations prior to submitting a proposal. Funding may be used for the purchase, operation, and maintenance of boat sewage pumpout systems, portable pumpouts, or pumpout boats for use with recreational vessels in District of Columbia waters.

The goal of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to reduce sewage in the rivers of the District of Columbia and the Chesapeake Bay by providing pumpout services to recreational boaters in the District of Columbia. 

DOEE seeks applications from parties interested in supplying marine sanitation services to recreational boaters as defined in 50 CFR 85—Clean Vessel Act Grant Program. As defined in 50 CFR 85, a recreational vessel is a “watercraft manufactured for operation, or operated, primarily for pleasure. This term includes any watercraft leased, rented, or chartered to another for the latter's pleasure.”

CVA-funded facilities and equipment including pumpout boats are for service of recreational boats.

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#: 192469

Estimated Size of Grant:

Project Amount: $1,500,000

Term of Contract:

Starting from the date of DOEE’s award to the recipient, all project work must be complete by September 30, 2023. This period can be extended and additional funding provided, depending upon the availability of funds, the grantee’s performance, the grantee’s capacity, and the continued need for the services. Partners should plan to begin projects no earlier than fall 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The institutions below may apply for this grant:
- Nonprofit organizations, including those with IRS 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) determinations
- Government agencies;
- Universities/educational institutions; and
- Private Enterprises.

Any non-recreational boat, including a residence or office, is not eligible to use the services provided through CVA grants.

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:

The deadline for application submissions is October 19, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. The online application must be time stamped by 4:30 p.m. on the date the application is due.

DOEE expects to notify each Applicant in writing of its award status within six to twelve weeks after the application due date. USFWS expects to make award decisions by June 30, 2021.

DOEE will publish updates and Questions and Answers (Q&A) regarding the RFA at DOEE will also create an email list to send updates and information regarding the RFA. A person can be put on the email list by immediately emailing with the subject line “RE: RFA 2020-2028-FWD – Add me to the email list.” The cut-off date for receipt of any questions is one week prior to the application deadline.

Grant funds will pay for up to seventy-five percent (75%) of total project costs. Applicants funded through this grant will provide the remaining twenty-five percent (25%) with non-federal funds.

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.

For additional information on the requirements of the Clean Vessel Act Program and project eligibility, see the USFWS Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Grant Programs description available at

Contact Information:

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

E-mail the completed application to

Questions about the RFA should be sent to with RE: RFA 2020-2028-FWD” in the subject line.

1200 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 535-2600
Fax: (202) 535-2881
TTY: (800) 855-1000

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