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RiverSmart Innovation Grant Program

Applications are due February 29, 2016 at 4:30pm.

RiverSmart Innovation Grants provide short-term, start-up funding for community-oriented, innovative projects that educate residents on stormwater issues and achieve quantifiable outcomes (e.g. plant 10 trees, reduce 1,000 gallons of stormwater runoff). Projects must promote the health of the District’s watersheds and waterbodies in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Remove impervious surfaces, install green infrastructure, or plant/preserve trees
  2. Create/promote green jobs
  3. Restore native habitat
  4. Clean up an area affected by high volumes of litter
  5. Prevent litter

RiverSmart ProjectsGrant funding is not intended to replace an organization’s existing funding for a program or activity.

Think outside-the-box. Be creative. Propose something bold!

Available Funding

There is a total of $140,000 available. Each project is eligible for up to $20,000. Funds are provided on a reimbursement basis.

Who can Apply?

  • Nonprofits
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Schools, universities, and other educational institutions
  • Small businesses

Applicants must be physically located in the District. Individuals and unincorporated groups (e.g. neighborhood associations, student clubs, or artists) are encouraged to partner with an eligible applicant.

Pre-application Meetings

DOEE will hold four public meetings to answer applicants’ questions. Attendance is encouraged but not required. Please RSVP to riversmart.innovation16@dc.gov.

January 26, 2016 at 3:30pm
DOEE Headquarters – 1200 First Street NE, 5th floor (NOMA/Gallaudet Metro). Bring a photo ID.

February 1, 2016 at 7pm
Lamond-Riggs Library - 5401 South Dakota Ave NE (Fort Totten Metro)

February 2, 2016 at 7pm
Petworth Library – 4200 Kansas Avenue NW (Georgia Ave – Petworth Metro)

February 8, 2016 at 7pm
Benning Library – 3935 Benning Road NE (Minnesota Ave Metro)

February 11, 2016 at 1pm
DOEE Headquarters – 1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor (NOMA/Gallaudet Metro). Bring a photo ID.

Grant Period

DOEE plans to announce grant awards in April 2016. Awarded projects may begin grant activities after receiving a Notice of Grant Award and a purchase order. All projects must be completed by April 30, 2017.

What kinds of projects are DOEE looking for?

Projects must promote the health of the District’s watersheds and waterbodies in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Remove impervious surfaces, install green infrastructure, or plant/preserve trees
  2. Create/promote green jobs
  3. Restore native habitat
  4. Clean up an area affected by high volumes of litter
  5. Prevent litter

Environmental education is a significant component of this grant. Applications should clearly state the project’s educational methods.

Examples of educational methods include:

  1. Use media to reach a wider audience.
  2. Partner with other community groups, summer programs, District agencies, businesses, nonprofits, or educational institutions.
  3. Host one or more events.
  4. Create signage.
  5. Produce a work of art.

Projects must also advance DOEE’s mission and complement its work. Explore the following webpages for background:

Project Examples and Scoring

DDOE has provided fictional examples to illustrate the types of projects that would potentially be funded. Each example presents an innovative idea that relates to one of the project areas and uses one or more educational methods. Read More>>

Eligible applications will be scored using the criteria stated in the RFA.

What to Submit

Complete the RiverSmart Innovation Grants Application Form and attach the required documents specified in Section 5 of the RFA, as well as any optional supporting documents.

Each application must consist of:

Five (5) hard copies; OR one (1) electronic copy.

DOEE will not receive faxed copies. Do not submit a faxed copy.

Hard copies must be filed with DOEE at the following address:

Department of Energy and Environment
Attn: RFA – Grants, RFA #2015-1520-SWMD
1200 First Street NE, 5th floor
Washington, DC 20002

Email the electronic copy to riversmart.innovation16@dc.gov.

Applications are due February 29, 2016 at 4:30pm.

Contact Information

To receive announcements, updates, deadlines, and other information about this new program, email riversmart.innovation16@dc.gov with the subject line “add to email list.”

For questions about the application, please call Emily Rice at (202) 535-2679.

Combining this Grant with other DOEE Funding

RiverSmart Innovation Grants can work in conjunction with other DOEE funding for a project that educates community while accomplishing one of the project areas. See Project Example 1 for an illustration of how this might work.

If you are interested solely in technical or financial assistance to install green infrastructure or remove impervious surface, please explore funding through one of the RiverSmart programs.