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2021 Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant

Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits, Private Enterprises, and FBOs
to Advance Urban Farming and Increase Access to Local Produce

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District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) - Office of Urban Agriculture (OUA)

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Deadline Date:

03/01/21 11:59 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $25,000 to Washington, DC nonprofit organizations, private enterprises, and faith-based organizations to advance the District's urban farms and increase access to local produce. Funding priority will be given to farmers in socially disadvantaged populations. This grant aims to advance sustainable urban agriculture and farming operations.

The purpose of these grants is to build the capacity of established and new District farms through infrastructure improvements and advance sustainable urban agriculture in order to:

  • Increase food crop production, processing, and/or distribution;
  • Improve access to fresh foods;
  • Construct facilities that enable agricultural education experiences for District residents;
  • Accelerate the business and production capacity for socially disadvantaged farmers; and
  • Advance sustainable agricultural efforts in the District.

DOEE is seeking projects that will optimally include the following:

  • Support District SDF;
  • Provide fresh, local food to residents of Wards 5, 7 & 8;
  • Produce food at urban outdoor and indoor farm spaces;
  • Have sustaining impact on applicant’s farm;
  • Improve physical space;
  • Create or improve a covered space;
  • Support entrepreneurial projects that offer hands-on training in farming or gardening, or employment opportunities; or
  • Improve infrastructure to increase food supply.

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For examples of fundable projects, see:

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 194408

Number of Grants:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants up to $25,000.

Term of Contract:

The project period begins on the date of the Director’s approval and runs 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 institutions below may apply for these grants:
- Nonprofit organizations, including those with IRS 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) determinations;
- Faith-based organizations;
- Private Enterprises.

An applicant must also:
a) Be an urban farm;
b) Be in the District of Columbia;
c) Have the primary purpose to grow, cultivate, process, and distribute food crops;
d) Assist a socially disadvantaged farmer (SDF)

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;
6. Land purchases;
7. Cannabis crop production or distribution
8. Purchase or rental of office space or farmland

Pre-proposal Conference:

There will be two information sessions. (A "waiting room" will be in place for admission, please be patient with facilitators.)

1. January 26, 2021, 6:00 pm. Conference Number: 866-459-6055. Participant Code: 9112782
WebEx Access:
Meeting access code: 180 112 5239
Meeting Password: UDqDmMpm85

2. February 4, 2021. 6:00pm Conference Number: 866-459-6055. Participant Code: 9112782
WebEx Access:
Meeting access code: 180 014 9478
Meeting password: Eup2wfWmA37

Pre-Application Information:

All applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. on March 1, 2021. DOEE expects to notify each Applicant in writing of its award status within six to twelve weeks after the application due date.

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

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.

Each Applicant may submit an application for more than one project, if applicable.

DOEE will reimburse the Grantee only for expenditures incurred to perform work under the grant.

Contact Information:

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

Email applications to

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

Department of Energy and Environment
1200 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 535-2600
Fax: (202) 535-2881

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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