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FY20 LiftOff Grant - Guidelines and Assessment

Request for Applications


Applicants may submit one (1) application to the LiftOff program per fiscal year cycle.

Requests amount vary.

Projects by Organizations
Application Deadline: Friday, December 13, 2019 at 4:00 PM EDT
Organizations may apply for up to $25,000


The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) is soliciting applications from qualified applicants for LiftOff, a program designed to build the infrastructural capacities of arts and humanities through professional development. The program targets nonprofits with budgets under $250,000 (cash expenses).

Program Description:

CAH’s LiftOff grant program provides capacity building support to established DC-based arts and humanities nonprofit organizations that face operational and infrastructure challenges that inhibit their organizational and programmatic sustainability.

Program staff and consultants work closely with an organizational leader (“Leader”) from each participating organization to build on their existing organizational infrastructures and perspectives, so their communities might be best served.  

The six-month program implementation timeline spans April 2020 through September 2020 and has three mandatory workshops. Leaders (up to 20) receive a combination of technical assistance and in-person learning sessions.  The goal of these forums is to provide Leaders with robust opportunities and resources aimed at strengthening their organizations infrastructures.  

Contact Information

More information regarding CAH’s grant programs, and clarification about accessibility requirements, work sample submissions and grant making processes can be found in CAH’s Guide to Grants.

Specific questions about the LiftOff grant program can be referred to CAH staff member, Khalid Randolph, at 202-724-5613 or [email protected].   

For full details, please click on the PDF documents listed below.