Code of the District of Columbia

Part B. Grant Administration.


§ 1–328.11. Definitions.

For the purposes of this part, the term:

(1) “Candidate” shall have the same meaning as provided in § 1-1161.01(6).

(2) “Contribution” shall have the same meaning as provided in § 1-1161.01(10).

(3) “Covered recipient” means:

(A) An elected District official who is or could be involved in influencing or approving the award of a grant;

(B) A candidate for elective District office who is or could be involved in influencing or approving the award of a grant;

(C) A political committee affiliated with a District candidate or elected District official described in subparagraphs (A) and (B) of this paragraph;

(D) A constituent-service program or fund, or substantially similar entity, controlled, operated, or managed by:

(i) An elected District official who is or could be involved in influencing or approving the award of a grant; or

(ii) A person under the supervision, direction, or control of an elected District official who is or could be involved in influencing or approving the award of a grant;

(E) A political party; or

(F) An entity or organization:

(i) That a candidate or elected District official described in subparagraphs (A) and (B) of this paragraph, or a member of his or her immediate family, controls; or

(ii) In which a candidate or elected District official described in subparagraphs (A) and (B) of this paragraph has an ownership interest of 10% or more.

(4) “Election” shall have the same meaning as provided in § 1-1161.01(15).

(5) “Grant” means financial assistance to a person to support or stimulate the accomplishment of a public purpose as defined by the law that authorizes the grant; provided, that the organization, not the District, defines the specific services, the service levels, and the program approach for carrying out the grant.

(6) “Grant program” means the management or administration by a grantor of grant-making or grant-issuing authority as covered by this part.

(7) “Grantee” means a person that receives funds under a grant program.

(8) “Grantor” means a District agency, board, commission, instrumentality, or program designated by law as the grant-managing entity for a grant program.

(9) “Immediate family” shall have the same meaning as provided in § 1-1161.01(26).

(10) “Person” shall have the same meaning as provided in § 1-1161.01(42).

(11) “Political committee” shall have the same meaning as provided in § 1-1161.01(44).

(12) “Political party” shall have the same meaning as provided in § 1-1161.01(45).


(Dec. 24, 2013, D.C. Law 20-61, § 1092, 60 DCR 12472; Oct. 22, 2015, D.C. Law 21-36, § 1053(a), 62 DCR 10905.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-325.162, § 1-325.211, § 1-325.222, § 1-328.04, § 2-1313, § 2-1373, § 2-1392, § 7-736.01, § 7-1141.06, and § 32-1603.

Effect of Amendments

The 2015 amendment by D.C. Law 21-36 rewrote the section.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) addition of this section, see § 1092 of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-130, July 30, 2013, 60 DCR 11384, 20 DCSTAT 1827).

For temporary (90 days) addition of this section, see § 1092 of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-204, October 17, 2013, 60 DCR 15341, 20 DCSTAT 2311).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 1053(a) of the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2015 (D.C. Act 21-127, July 27, 2015, 62 DCR 10201).

Short Title

Section 1091 of D.C. Law 20-61 provided that Subtitle J of Title I of the act may be cited as the “Grant Administration Act of 2013”.

Editor's Notes

Applicability of D.C. Law 20-61: Section 11001 of D.C. Law 20-61 provided that, except as otherwise provided, the act shall apply as of October 1, 2013.


§ 1–328.12. Applicability of requirements on grants.

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, and except where the law establishing authority for the grant exempts or modifies the requirements of this part by specific reference, any grant-making or grant-issuing authority established by District law shall be administered pursuant to the requirements of this subchapter.


(Dec. 24, 2013, D.C. Law 20-61, § 1093, 60 DCR 12472; Feb. 26, 2015, D.C. Law 20-155, § 1082, 61 DCR 9990; Oct. 22, 2015, D.C. Law 21-36, § 1053(b), 62 DCR 10905.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-328.13.

Effect of Amendments

The 2015 amendment by D.C. Law 20-155 added “or D.C. Law 20-155.”

The 2015 amendment by D.C. Law 21-36 substituted “established by District law” for “established under D.C. Law 20-61.”

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) addition of this section, see § 1093 of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-130, July 30, 2013, 60 DCR 11384, 20 DCSTAT 1827).

For temporary (90 days) addition of this section, see § 1093 of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-204, October 17, 2013, 60 DCR 15341, 20 DCSTAT 2311).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 1082 of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-377, July 14, 2014, 61 DCR 7598, 20 STAT 3696).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 1082 of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-449, October 10, 2014, 61 DCR 10915, 20 STAT 4188).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 1082 of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Support Second Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-566, January 9, 2015, 62 DCR 884, 21 STAT 541).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 1053(b) of the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2015 (D.C. Act 21-127, July 27, 2015, 62 DCR 10201).

Short Title

Section 1091 of D.C. Law 20-61 provided that Subtitle J of Title I of the act may be cited as the “Grant Administration Act of 2013”.

Editor's Notes

D.C. Law 20-61” referred to in this section, is the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Support Act of 2013, codified in various sections of this code.

Applicability of D.C. Law 20-61: Section 11001 of D.C. Law 20-61 provided that, except as otherwise provided, the act shall apply as of October 1, 2013.

"D.C. Law 20-155" referred to in this section, is the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Support Act of 2014, codified in various sections of this code.


§ 1–328.13. Requirements for award of grants.

(a) Any grant of $50,000 or more that is made pursuant to an authority described in § 1-328.12 shall be awarded on a competitive basis and solely for the purpose or purposes identified in the statute establishing the grant-making or grant-issuing authority, unless a non-District entity that provides funds to the District to award as grants has rules or requirements that prohibit or otherwise limit competition.

(b) Before providing notice of the availability of grant funds as required by subsection (c) of this section, a grantor shall establish criteria or standards for the selection of a grantee or grantees under the grant program, and shall set priorities among those criteria or standards.

(c) A grantor shall publish notice in the District of Columbia Register for a minimum of 14 days in advance of making or issuing a grant of the following:

(1) A detailed description of the availability of grant funds, including the amount, the number of likely grant awards to be made, and any limitations or requirements on the use of such grant funds;

(2) Eligibility requirements for receiving funds under the grant program, including the requirements in § 1-328.14;

(3) Selection criteria for the awarding of funds under the grant program;

(4) A description of the application process under the grant program, including the date after which applications will no longer be received; and

(5) The date that final determination of grant awards will be made.


(Dec. 24, 2013, D.C. Law 20-61, § 1094, 60 DCR 12472; Oct. 22, 2015, D.C. Law 21-36, § 1053(c), 62 DCR 10905.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2015 amendment by D.C. Law 21-36 added “unless a non-District entity that provides funds to the District to award as grants has rules or requirements that prohibit or otherwise limit competition” in (a).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) addition of this section, see § 1094 of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-130, July 30, 2013, 60 DCR 11384, 20 DCSTAT 1827).

For temporary (90 days) addition of this section, see § 1094 of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-204, October 17, 2013, 60 DCR 15341, 20 DCSTAT 2311).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 1053(c) of the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2015 (D.C. Act 21-127, July 27, 2015, 62 DCR 10201).

Short Title

Section 1091 of D.C. Law 20-61 provided that Subtitle J of Title I of the act may be cited as the “Grant Administration Act of 2013”.

Editor's Notes

Applicability of D.C. Law 20-61: Section 11001 of D.C. Law 20-61 provided that, except as otherwise provided, the act shall apply as of October 1, 2013.


§ 1–328.14. Requirements for administration of grant programs.

A grantor administering a grant program covered by this part shall:

(1) Within 45 days from the closing date of the grant application process, provide notification to all applicants of the acceptance or rejection of their applications for the grant funds; and

(2)(A) Maintain records of any written communications as well as a description of any other communications, including telephonic or face-to-face communications, between the grantor and any District government official or staff regarding:

(i) The development of the selection criteria or eligibility requirements;

(ii) Selection by the grantor of a grantee; or

(iii) Issues with a grantee’s compliance with grant-program requirements.

(B) Records required under this paragraph shall be provided, upon request, within a reasonable time, to the Mayor, or his or her designee, or to a member of the Council.


(Dec. 24, 2013, D.C. Law 20-61, § 1095, 60 DCR 12472; Oct. 22, 2015, D.C. Law 21-36, § 1053(d), 62 DCR 10905.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-328.13.

Effect of Amendments

The 2015 amendment by D.C. Law 21-36 substituted “45 days” for “30 days” in (1).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) addition of this section, see § 1095 of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-130, July 30, 2013, 60 DCR 11384, 20 DCSTAT 1827).

For temporary (90 days) addition of this section, see § 1095 of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-204, October 17, 2013, 60 DCR 15341, 20 DCSTAT 2311).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 1053(d) of the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2015 (D.C. Act 21-127, July 27, 2015, 62 DCR 10201).

Short Title

Section 1091 of D.C. Law 20-61 provided that Subtitle J of Title I of the act may be cited as the “Grant Administration Act of 2013”.

Editor's Notes

Applicability of D.C. Law 20-61: Section 11001 of D.C. Law 20-61 provided that, except as otherwise provided, the act shall apply as of October 1, 2013.


§ 1–328.15. Eligibility requirements for receiving grants.

(a) In addition to any other eligibility requirements provided under the enabling statute of the grant program, to be eligible to receive funds under a grant program covered by this part, an individual or entity must be current on all taxes and liabilities owed to the District, or have a plan to resolve such taxes and liabilities that is satisfactory to the grantor.

(b) Before a person may receive a grant under this part, that person shall provide the District with a sworn statement, under penalty of perjury, that to the best of the person’s knowledge, after due diligence, the person is in compliance with subsections (c) and (d) of this section and is therefore eligible to receive a grant.

(c)(1) A person that makes a contribution or solicitation for contribution to a covered recipient shall be ineligible to receive a grant from the District valued at $100,000 or more during the time period set forth in subsection (d) of this section.

(2) The District shall not award a grant valued at $100,000 or more to a person that is ineligible to receive a grant under paragraph (1) of this subsection during the time period set forth in subsection (d) of this section.

(d)(1) For contributions made to persons described under §  1-328.11(3)(A), (B), or (C), a person is ineligible to receive a grant under this part beginning on the date the contribution or solicitation for contribution was made and continuing for one year after the general election for which the contribution or solicitation for contribution was made, whether or not the contribution was made before the primary election.

(2) For contributions made to persons described under §  1-328.11(3)(D), (E), or (F), a person is ineligible to receive a grant under this part beginning on the date the contribution or solicitation for contribution was made and continuing for 18 months after that date.


(Dec. 24, 2013, D.C. Law 20-61, § 1096, 60 DCR 12472; Oct. 22, 2015, D.C. Law 21-36, § 1053(e), 62 DCR 10905.)

Effect of Amendments

The 2015 amendment by D.C. Law 21-36 designated the existing text as (a); and added (b) to (d).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) addition of this section, see § 1096 of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-130, July 30, 2013, 60 DCR 11384, 20 DCSTAT 1827).

For temporary (90 days) addition of this section, see § 1096 of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-204, October 17, 2013, 60 DCR 15341, 20 DCSTAT 2311).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 1053(e) of the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2015 (D.C. Act 21-127, July 27, 2015, 62 DCR 10201).

Short Title

Section 1091 of D.C. Law 20-61 provided that Subtitle J of Title I of the act may be cited as the “Grant Administration Act of 2013”.

Editor's Notes

Applicability of D.C. Law 20-61: Section 11001 of D.C. Law 20-61 provided that, except as otherwise provided, the act shall apply as of October 1, 2013.


§ 1–328.16. Reporting requirements.

Beginning in 2014, a grantor managing a grant program covered by this part shall submit a report to the Mayor and the Council by November 1 of each year containing the following information:

(1) All funds allocated pursuant to a grant program in the previous fiscal year;

(2) The type of services and a timeline for delivery of services for the grant; and

(3) Performance measures and performance outcomes for each grant issued during the previous fiscal year.


(Dec. 24, 2013, D.C. Law 20-61, § 1097, 60 DCR 12472.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) addition of this section, see § 1097 of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-130, July 30, 2013, 60 DCR 11384, 20 DCSTAT 1827).

For temporary (90 days) addition of this section, see § 1097 of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-204, October 17, 2013, 60 DCR 15341, 20 DCSTAT 2311).

Short Title

Section 1091 of D.C. Law 20-61 provided that Subtitle J of Title I of the act may be cited as the “Grant Administration Act of 2013”.

Editor's Notes

Applicability of D.C. Law 20-61: Section 11001 of D.C. Law 20-61 provided that, except as otherwise provided, the act shall apply as of October 1, 2013.


§ 1–328.17. Grant transparency.

To ensure a transparent process for issuing and managing grants, the Office of Partnerships and Grants Development shall establish uniform guidelines for the application for and reporting on grants received from District government entities. The guidelines shall include a description of the project scope, budget, program activities, timelines, performance, and any appropriate financial information.


(Dec. 24, 2013, D.C. Law 20-61, § 1098; as added Oct. 22, 2015, D.C. Law 21-36, § 1053(f), 62 DCR 10905.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) addition of this section, see § 1053(f) of the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2015 (D.C. Act 21-127, July 27, 2015, 62 DCR 10201).