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Notice of Funding Availability - Trash Free Communities: Trash Reduction Through Behavioral Change

Friday, May 20, 2016

DOEE seeks eligible entities to implement an education and outreach program focused on reducing litter in the District's waterbodies. This project will be integral to the District's efforts to improve local environmental health by reducing littering behavior. The amount available for the project is approximately $375,000.

A person may obtain a copy of this RFA by any of the following means:

Download from the Attachments below.

Email a request to [email protected] with “Request copy of RFA 2016-1608-SWMD” in the subject line.

Pick up a copy in person from the DOEE reception desk, located at 1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20002.  To make an appointment, call Lillian Power at (202) 671-0080 and mention this RFA by name.

Write DOEE at 1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20002, “Attn: Lillian Power RE:2016-1608-SWMD” on the outside of the envelope.

The deadline for application submissions is 6/20/2016, at 4:30 p.m.  Five hard copies must be submitted to the above address and a complete electronic copy must be e-mailed to [email protected].

Eligibility: The institutions following may apply for these grants:

-Nonprofit organizations, including those with IRS 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) determinations

-Faith-based organizations

-Universities/educational institutions

-Private Enterprises

For additional information regarding this RFA, write to: [email protected].

Questions & Answers:

Q: In the section where applicants are to describe past performance on District contracts/grants, is it acceptable to list projects for which the applicant served as a subcontractor?
A: Yes, it acceptable to list projects on which the applicant served as a subcontractor, but that should be explained.

Q: Section 3.4 - Are "required documents" also required for subgrantees or just the primary grantee?
A: The applicant is required to submit all required documents at the time of application submission. Documentation for subgrantees and contractors are not required at the time of application submission.

Q: Although it is not reflected in the scoring criteria, will the ability to match the grant or have an in kind donation impact the favorability of an application?
A: The ability to match the grant or have an in-kind donation will not necessarily favor the application.

Q:  Should an applicant combine the 3-year budget request in a single column or in separate columns for years 1 through 3? We plan to add a match column. Should that be a separate column for each year with a total – or is a single column for the 3-year total?
A: An application which contains a combined three year budget will suffice.  There should be a separate column for match amounts.

Q: Is this a continuation of another project?
A: This is a new funding opportunity.

Q: In section 7.2 #1, the RFA specifically points the applicant to materials on the Alice Ferguson Foundation website, the link for which does not work. Is the applicant expected to use campaign materials that have been previously created or is this an opportunity to create a new campaign?
A: The applicant is expected to use existing materials from the Potomac Regional Anti-Littering Campaign toolkit. Please use this link instead.

Q: Would a proposal that focuses on ward 8 be considered for funding or does the proposal have to reflect a citywide campaign?
A: The proposal must reflect plan for a city-wide campaign.

Q: Is the idea to give the total amount of funding a single applicant, or can there be multiple, smaller awards?
A: DOEE intends to make a grant award to one applicant.