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Community Stormwater Solutions Grants

RiverSmart ProjectsThe Community Stormwater Solutions Grants program provides funding for innovative, community-oriented and –inspired projects aimed at improving water quality in the District, reducing trash, and raising awareness about what citizens can do to restore our rivers, streams, and parks. Through these grants, DOEE seeks to support community partners through capacity-building initiatives. The program started in 2016 and, in total, DOEE has awarded 30 grants totaling $547,297.

DOEE offers these grants annually, typically releasing a Request for Applications in the Fall. To receive updates about this and other funding opportunities, sign up or contact Emily Rice at 202-535-2679 or [email protected]ov.

The Community Stormwater Solutions Grant Program started in 2016. In total, DOEE has awarded 30 grants totaling $547,297.

Interested in being on our mailing list? sign up or contact Emily Rice at 202-535-2679 or [email protected].

In case you missed our recent Grant Writing Workshop Series, you can find all materials attached below.

2018 Community Stormwater Solutions Grantees

10 grants totaling $181,985.

American University: MGC Green Roof Redevelopment Project ($20,000)
American University will redesign and renovate an existing, poorly functioning green roof with the objective of improving the stormwater holding capacity, increase pollinator productivity, and promote educational opportunities.

Anacostia Coordinating Council: Engaging Ward 8 Residents In Forest Restoration ($20,000)

Anacostia Coordinating Council and the Committee to Restore Shepherd Parkway will launch a pilot program to hire Ward 8 residents as Park Stewards. The steward will engage and educate neighbors of Oxon Run, Suitland Parkway, and Fort Stanton about the importance of litter prevention and illegal dumping.


Anacostia Riverkeeper: Litter Letter Project ($20,000)
Anacostia Riverkeeper will create a temporary art installation with an anti-littering message for the 2018 Year of the Anacostia.

Anacostia Waterfront Trust: Anacostia River Mobile “ParKit” ($19,999)

Anacostia Waterfront Trust will build and deploy a mobile green infrastructure educational toolkit called the "ParKit". The ParKit will be a multifunctional mobile green infrastructure demonstration tool and green space community amenity kit.

Anacostia Watershed Society: Healthier Communities, Healthier Anacostia River ($20,000)

Anacostia Watershed Society will work with Lamond-Riggs Civic Association, Langston Civic Association, and Historic Anacostia Block Association to build watershed awareness and foster community among neighbors through environmental engagement opportunities during the Year of the Anacostia.

Bancroft Elementary Parent Teacher Organization: Piney Branch Restoration Project ($19,986)

Bancroft Elementary Parent Teacher Organization will engage students and the community to restore woodland habitat on the slopes of Piney Branch valley that have suffered years of neglect. The project will raise awareness through education, outdoor activities, and community partnerships regarding the effects of stormwater run-off and the importance of environmentally healthy parkland.

Changing Perceptions: Changing Perceptions-Building Opportunity and Awareness ($20,000)

Changing Perceptions will work with returning citizens in the skills to own and run a stormwater solutions business. The project includes litter cleanup events, and free community seminars on native plants and gardening.

The George Washington University: GW Litter Collection and Characterization ($2,000)

The George Washington University will perform three waste characterization studies to evaluate the success of their existing zero waste strategies and to assist with increasing campus awareness of pollution prevention and the negative impacts of pollution on water quality.

Urban Learning and Teaching Center: D.C.’s Hidden Waterways ($20,000)

Urban Learning and Teaching Center, Urban Adventure Squad will partner with Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School to develop and implement stormwater curriculum for students in grades kindergarten through 5th. The curriculum will include field trips and hands-on activities about hidden waterbodies, stream restoration, and stormwater runoff.

Washington Parks & People: Think Outside Down by the Riverside ($20,000)

Washington Parks & People will expand their “Think Outside” campaign to incorporate invasive species removal, native trees, green infrastructure maintenance, perennial planting, and litter prevention.
The project includes organizing a community-led design workshop charrette to explore opportunities for new green infrastructure at Marvin Gaye Park.

2017 Community Stormwater Solutions Grantees

11 grants totaling $208,812.

Anacostia Watershed Society - Awareness through Art: Storm Drain Murals Project ($20,000)

Anacostia Waterfront Trust - Anacostia River Watershed Photo Database ($20,000)

Anacostia Waterfront Trust - Anacostia StoryMap: River of Resilience ($20,000)

Building Bridges Across the River - THEARC Living Classroom ($20,000)


Capital City Public Charter School - Trash Talk – Student-led Action Projects ($19,055)


Dance Place - 8th Street Arts Park Artistic Downspout and Trash Receptacles ($18,230)


Designgreen, LLC - Inspector Green ($19,980)


Earth Conservation Corps - Henson the Heron Plastic Bottle Sculpture ($19,987)


National Housing Trust – Enterprise Preservation Corporation - Copeland Manor Resident Engagement and Storm Drain Mural Project ($20,000)


Natural Resources Design, Inc - RiverTools: Training Maintenance Kit for Schools ($20,000)


Rooted and Sustained, LLC – Strengthening Community and Watershed Stewardship in River Terrace ($11,560)


2016 Community Stormwater Solutions Grantees

9 grants totaling 156,500

Anacostia Watershed Society – Saving our Native Grasslands (SONG) - $13,000

Bona Terra – Sousa Middle School Rain Garden and Sculpture - $20,000

Dance Place – 8th Street Arts Park Native Gardens - $20,000

Endangered Species Coalition – Rock Creek Songbirds -$18,500

Forest Hills Neighborhood Alliance – Broad Branch and Linnean Stream Restoration and Education - $19,650

George Washington University – GroW Garden Rainwater Catchment System - $5,900

Landscape Architecture Foundation – RiverSmart Homes Rain Garden Evaluation - $19,990

Living Classrooms – Watershed Watchers - $20,000

University of the District of Columbia – East Capitol Urban Farm GZEP Education and Green Roof Project - $19,460