CAH FY19 Guide to Grants
Prospective applicants are encouraged to read the entire Guide to Grants and related grant program guidelines/Request for Applications (RFA) before submitting an application for any DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) grant.
The RFA/guidelines for each grant program provide specific criteria applicants must meet in order to apply for those funds. In general, CAH uses the below stated standard eligibility requirements although eligibility may change depending on the specific grant program. Applicants are required to review eligibility criteria as stated in each grant program Request for Applications to determine if the criteria are met.
Generally, individuals may apply for CAH grants if they meet all of the following eligibility requirements at the time of application:
- Be age 18 or older;
- Be legal DC residents for at least one year prior to the application deadline, depending on the grant program, and must maintain residency during the entire grant period;
- Have a permanent DC address, as listed on proper identification or tax returns. Post office boxes may not be used as a primary address;
- Be in good standing with CAH and the District of Columbia government. Applicants with incomplete or delinquent reports, in any funding program, as of October 15, 2018 are ineligible to receive an award from CAH in FY 2019 unless otherwise stipulated; and,
- Meet all other requirements stipulated in the RFA/guidelines for the program to which they are applying.
Generally, organizations may apply for CAH grants if they meet all of the following eligibility requirements at the time of application:
- Be incorporated in the District of Columbia, as a non-foreign entity (Note: In the context of these Guidelines, a “foreign” corporation is an entity that was incorporated in a jurisdiction other than the District of Columbia);
- Possess a federal exemption status under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code, as evidenced by an IRS determination letter dated at least one year prior to the application deadline date;
- Have an active board of directors;
- Ensure that at least fifty-one percent (51%) of the organization’s activities occur within the District of Columbia (Note: Arts and humanities service organizations that serve a national constituency may be eligible for project funding under the Projects, Events or Festivals category);
- Be a registered organization in good standing with: (1) the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs’ (DCRA), Corporation Division; (2) the District of Columbia’s Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR); (3) the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS); and (4) the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES);
- Obtain a Citywide Clean Hands Certification;
- Be in good standing with CAH. Applicants with incomplete or delinquent reports from any prior funding program, as of October 15, 2018, are ineligible to receive additional funds from CAH in FY 2019; and,
- Be headquartered and have principal offices that are located in the District of Columbia, as demonstrated by the address on the organization’s official IRS Form 990. (Note: Post office boxes and the addresses of board members or volunteers may not be used as a primary business address).
FY 2019 GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
CAH awards grants to nonprofit organizations and individuals. Applicants may refer to the chart on the following pages, or call 202-724-5613 for an overview of CAH’s current grant programs. Questions regarding a specific grant program may be addressed to the grant manager for that program.
Most CAH grant programs require organizations to provide matching funds. The matching requirements are listed in the table on the following page. Matching requirements are designed to leverage public and private dollars and assist an organization’s fundraising. In-kind contributions of goods or services and other CAH or District of Columbia government funds may not be used to satisfy the matching requirement for awardees. CAH grant funds must be spent within CAH’s Fiscal Year 2019 (FY 2019) (October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019), unless otherwise noted.
Individuals are not required to provide matching funds.
You may download the full guide in PDF below.