CAH FY20 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 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 in the District of Columbia 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 16, 2019 are ineligible to receive an award from CAH in FY 2020 unless otherwise stipulated; and,
- Meet all other requirements stipulated in the 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 as a nonprofit with a federally designated tax exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) code, as evidenced by an IRS determination letter dated at least one year prior to the application deadline date;
- Be registered with, and authorized to do business in, the District as either a “Domestic” entity (that is, an entity that was incorporated in the District) or a “Foreign” entity (that is, an entity that was incorporated in another state).
- Register and comply with the regulatory requirements of the following agencies:
- District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) – Corporations Division (indicating an “active” business license at the time of application, and agreeing to maintain such status throughout the grant period);
- District of Columbia Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR);
- District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES); and
- United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS);
- 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);
- Obtain certification of “Citywide Clean Hands” (CCH) from the District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue;
- Be in good standing with CAH. (Note that applicants with incomplete or delinquent reports from any prior funding program, as of October 16, 2019, are ineligible to receive additional funds from CAH in FY 2020); and,
- Have a principal business office address that is located in the District of Columbia, subject to on-site visit. (Note: CAH will not allow post office boxes and the addresses of a board member or volunteer as evidence of the principal business address).
FY 2020 Grant Programs
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 2020 (FY 2020) (October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020), unless otherwise noted.
Individuals are not required to provide matching funds.
You may download the full guide in PDF below.