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Notice of Funding Availability - Overnight Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences

Friday, January 18, 2019

Notice of Funding Availability
Overnight Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences for Fifth Grade Students in the District

DOEE seeks eligible entities to continue DOEE's commitment to provide Overnight Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (OMWEE) to at least 2,200 fifth grade students and their teachers in DC Public Schools and DC Public Charter Schools. The OMWEE program offers District students the opportunity to spend three (3) days and two (2) nights learning about their local watersheds and the Chesapeake Bay while immersed in a non-urban environment. This hands-on outdoor program also provides professional development for teachers, advances the integration of environmental literacy into classroom curriculum, and helps prepare District students to be competitive in the green economy. The purpose of the OMWEE is to help create a generation of environmental stewards while meeting DC Educational Standards approved by the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). OMWEEs encourage observation, foster critical thinking, develop problem-solving skills, and instill confidence in students.

The project period is one (1) year, with the option of up to two (2) additional years, for a total of three (3) years. $550,000 is available for the first year for one award.

Beginning January, 18 2019, the full text of the Request for Applications (RFA) will be available. 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 2019-1911-WPD” in the subject line.

Pick up a copy in person from the DOEE's reception desk, located at 1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20002. To make an appointment, call Kara Pennino at (202) 654-6131 and mention this RFA by name.

Write DOEE at 1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20002, “Attn: Kara Pennino RE:2019-1911-WPD” on the outside of the envelope.

The deadline for application submissions is March 1, 2019, 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].


The following institutions 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.

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