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Clean Team Grants




The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) is soliciting applications from eligible applicants to manage a DC Clean Team Program in 17 Service Areas (listed below). This revised NOFA extends the deadline for grant applications, and increases by grant amount for Lower Georgia Avenue, Mid City, and Upper Georgia. It also adds some hiring and expense requirements to the Lower Georgia Avenue and Mid City grants and expands the service area for Upper Georgia Avenue with boundaries from Eastern Avenue, NW to Quackenbos, NW. The application submission deadline is Friday, July 26, 2019, 12:00 PM.

Through this grant, DSLBD will fund clean teams, which will achieve the following objectives.

  • Improve commercial district appearance to help increase foot traffic, and consequently, opportunity for customer sales.
  • Provide jobs for DC residents.
  • Reduce litter, graffiti, and posters, which contribute to the perception of an unsafe commercial area.
  • Maintain a healthy tree canopy, including landscaping, along the corridor.
  • Support Sustainable DC goals by recycling, mulching street trees, using eco-friendly supplies, and reducing stormwater pollution generated by DC’s commercial districts.

Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations which are incorporated in the District of Columbia and businesses which are Certified Business Enterprises. All applicants must be current on all taxes. Applicants should have a demonstrated capacity with the following areas of expertise.

  • Providing clean team services or related services to commercial districts or public spaces.
  • Providing job-training services to its employees.
  • Providing social support services to its Clean Team employees.

DSLBD will award one grant for each of the following service areas (i.e., a total of 17 grants).  The size of grant is noted for each district.

Service Area Funding Amount Notes
12th Street $112,618.00  
Alabama Avenue $103,000.00  
Bellevue $113,500.00  
Benning Road (Ward 6) $103,000.00  
Benning Road (Ward 7) $113,000.00  
Connecticut Avenue $107,982.00  
Georgia Avenue $107,982.00  
Glover Park $131,000.00  
Kennedy Street $106,618.00  
Lower Georgia Avenue $225,242.00 Proposals should have a crew of at least 4.5 FTEs and $14,530 in the equipment budget
Mid-City $274,380.00 Proposals should have a crew  of at least 5.8 FTEs
New York Avenue $125,000.00  
Pennsylvania Avenue $113,000.00  
Upper 14th Street  NW $103,000.00  
Upper Georgia Avenue $206,000.00  
Ward 1 $222,618.00  
Wisconsin Avenue $119,521.00  

The grant performance period to deliver clean team services is October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020. Grants may be renewed for a second performance period of October 1, 20120 through September 30, 2021.

Request for Applications (RFA) includes a detailed description of clean team services, service area boundaries, and selection criteria. DSLBD posted the RFA on Monday, May 6, 2019 at www.dslbd.dc.gov . Click on the Our Programs tab, then Neighborhood Revitalization, and then Solicitations and Opportunities on the left navigation column.

The online application opened on Monday, May 6, 2019. To open an application, applicants must complete and submit an Expression of Interest via the website address included in the Request for Applications. DSLBD will activate their online access within two business days and notify them via email.

DSLBD will hold a pre-application meeting on Tuesday, July 23 at 10:00 AM at 441 4th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001 in the DSLBD Business Center (Suite 846 North).

Application Process: Interested applicants must complete an online application on or before Friday, July 26, 2019, 12:00 PM. DSLBD will not accept applications submitted via hand delivery, mail or courier service. Late submissions and incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the review panel.

Selection Criteria for applications will include the following criteria.

  • Applicant Organization’s demonstrated capacity to provide clean team or related services, and managing grant funds.
  • Application Organiztion's prior experience with providing job training and social support services.
  • Proposed service delivery plan for basic clean team services.
  • Proposed service delivery plan for additional clean team services.

Selection Process: DSLBD will select grant recipients through a competitive application process that will assess the Applicant’s eligibility, experience, capacity, service delivery plan, and, budget. Applicants may apply for one or more service areas by noting the number of service areas for which the applicant would like to be considered. DSLBD will determine grant award selection and notify all applicants of their status via email on or before Tuesday, August 20, 2019.

Schedule of Key Dates: Applicants should consider the Schedule of Key Dates when applying for an FY 2020 Clean Team Grant.

Scheduled Activities Key Dates
DSLBD will post the RFA Monday, May 6, 2019
Pre-Application Meeting Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Application Submission Deadline Friday, July 26, 2019, 12:00 PM
DSLBD will determine grant award selection and notify all applicants of their status via email on or before Friday, August 20, 2019

Funding for this award is contingent upon funding availablity from the DC Council. The NOFA does not commit the DSLBD to make an award.  DSLBD reserves the right to issue addenda and/or amendments subsequent to the issuance of the NOFA or RFA, or to rescind the NOFA or RFA.

The DSLBD reserves the right to accept or deny any or all applications if DSLBD determines it is in the best interest of DSLBD to do so.  The Agency shall notify the applicant if it rejects that applicant’s proposal.  DLSBD may suspend or terminate an outstanding NOFA pursuant to its own grant-making rule(s) or any applicable federal regulation or requirement.

DSLBD reserves the right to issue addenda and/or amendments subsequent to the issuance of the RFA, or to rescind the NOFA.

DSLBD shall not be liable for any costs incurred in the preparation of applications in response to the NOFA.  Applicant agrees that all costs incurred in developing the application are the applicant’s sole responsibility.

DSLBD may conduct pre-award on-site visits to verify information submitted in the application and to determine if the applicant’s facilities are appropriate for the services intended.

DSLBD may enter into negotiations with an applicant and adopt a firm funding amount or other revision of the applicant’s proposal that may result from negotiations.

All applicants must attest to executing a DSLBD grant agreement as issued (sample document will be provided in the online application) and to starting services on October 1, 2019.

Questions must be sent to Reginald Grant at the Department of Small and Local Business Development at [email protected]. All questions must be submitted in writing.