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Notice of Funding Availability – K-12 Energy and Environmental Education Program Grants

Friday, December 9, 2016

DOEE seeks eligible entities to design a program that fills environmental education gaps within grades K-12 in the District of Columbia. The amount available for the project is approximately $100,000.00. The deadline for application submissions is January 31, 2017 by 4:30pm.

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 2017-1707-OCR” in the subject line.

Pick up a copy in person from the Department’s reception desk, located at 1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20002.  To make an appointment, call Linda O’Brien at (202) 535-1900 and mention this RFA by name.

Write DOEE at 1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20002, “Attn: Linda O’Brien RE:2017-1707-OCR” on the outside of the envelope.

Eligibility: The following entities 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
  • Private Enterprises

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

Questions and Answers

Q1: I have a MD based company. Is my "Certificate of Good Standing" from the MD State Department of Assessment and Taxation sufficient for the Section 3.4 (a) Required Documents?
A1: A Maryland based company would be required to obtain a District of Columbia Certificate of Good Standing and is authorized to transact business in the District of Columbia.

Q2: My Company has no Past Performance on District Grants or Contacts, but we have provided education services to high school students through Howard University. Is this an acceptable submission for past performance? Are references for volunteer work in this area sufficient, specifically from District schools or federal agency?
A2: See Section 7.3 Proposal Scoring. The applicant’s previous or established relationship with District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) in delivering successful education plans for students is acceptable for past performances. References, for volunteer work in this area will be considered.

Q3: Does the Cover Sheet, Project Summary, and Applicant sections count toward the 15-page limit?
A3: The Cover Sheet, Project Summary and Applicant sections does not count towards the 15 page limit.

Q4: DOEE requests that we submit our application and print double-sided as much as possible. So, for the project description, does that mean 15 pages would amount to 7.5 sheets of paper?
A4: Yes. See Section 3.1 (b) and (c) of the RFA.

Q5: Could you clarify the intent of this grant -- is it aimed at the sustainable energy side of enviro ed, rather than, say, local ecology? I see a huge gap in DC's ability to include local ecology in environmental ed. (I taught an experimental course on this at Wilson HS in 2014-15), but that's not what the RFA seems to be focusing on.
A5: See Section 1.2 Purpose of the Grants.