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DSLBD Solicits Commercial Clean Team Applications

Friday, October 5, 2012
Applications Requested to Manage Clean Team Programs on Georgia Ave NW, Kennedy St, NW and Rhode Island Ave, NE

WASHINGTON, DC—The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) is soliciting applications from eligible entities to manage its DC Commercial Clean Team Program in three service areas—Georgia Avenue, NW; Kennedy Street, NW; and Rhode Island Avenue, NE.  

The objective of the DC Commercial Clean Team Program is to provide neighborhood commercial districts with the following services: litter removal, graffiti removal, recycling and landscaping. These services will: 1) Improve the appearance of the commercial district to help increase foot traffic, and consequently, the opportunity for increased customer sales; 2) Reduce litter, graffiti and posters to lessen the perception of an unsafe commercial area; 3) Maintain an attractive tree canopy, including landscaping, along the corridor; and 4) Reduce stormwater pollution generated by DC’s commercial districts.

Eligible applicants are DC-based nonprofit organizations or businesses that: a) are incorporated in the District of Columbia; and, b) have experience with litter removal, graffiti removal, and recycling. The grant performance period will begin December 2012 and end September 30, 2013. The grant award will be up to $86,900. Description of basic and additional services, service area boundaries and applicant eligibility requirements are available online at  Interested applicants must apply for each service area separately.

DSLBD will select grant recipients through a competitive application process that will assess the proposed service delivery plan, costs, and applicant capacity.  Interested applicants must submit an Expression of Interest Form to DSLBD via email by October 24, 2012.  

The Request for Application (RFA), which comprises the online application and program guidelines, will be available by October 19, 2012 to expression of interest respondents.     

DSLBD will host a Pre-Submission Meeting on October 25, 2012.  Meeting details will be provided to expression of interest respondents.  

DC-based businesses and nonprofit organizations interested in applying:

  • may download and review the service area maps [PDF] and program overview [PDF], which includes information that may help prospective applicants determine if they would like to submit an expression of onterest (see attachment below);
  • must submit the expression of interest form by October 24, 2012 at 5 pm; and
  • must submit their Application via an online form by November 9, 2012 at 12 noon (Instructions on accessing the online application will be sent to expression of interest respondents)

For more information, call (202) 727-3900 or email [email protected] or [email protected].

About the District of Columbia Department of Small and Local Business Development

The District of Columbia Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) fosters the economic growth, development, and retention of District of Columbia based businesses, and promotes economic development throughout the District’s commercial corridors. For more information on all of DSLBD’s services, go to or contact us at [email protected].

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