Prospective grant applicants should read through the grant program’s Request for Applications (RFA) in its entirety before submitting an application.
Deadlines vary by program. All grant awards are made subject to the availability of funds. CAH offers grant writing workshops and other forms of application assistance for all open grant programs.
CAH accepts applications for volunteer grant review panelists on an ongoing basis.
Art Bank Program
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) Art Bank Program supports visual artists and art acquiring galleries by fine art from metropolitan artists to grow the Art Bank Collection. Artwork in the collection is owned by CAH and loaned to District Government agencies for display in public areas and offices of government buildings.
Art Exhibition (Curatorial) Grant Program
The Art Exhibition (Curatorial) Grant Program (AEG) provides support for the development and public presentation of visual art exhibitions with accompanying programming by District resident curators through grant funding and use of CAH’s exhibition space within their building lobby at 200 I Street SE, and/or CAH’s online virtual gallery.
Arts and Humanities Education Projects
The Arts and Humanities Education Projects (AHEP) grant is designed to support In-School and Out-of-School-Time arts and humanities projects for children and youth in pre-school through high school settings. The grant also supports professional development opportunities in the arts and humanities for classroom educators.
Arts and Humanities Fellowship Program
The Arts and Humanities Fellowship Program (AHFP) offers up to $10,000 fellowships to individual artists whose artistic excellence significantly contributes to the District of Columbia as a world class cultural capital. AHFP recognizes the impact of individual artists within the District of Columbia and supports the vitality that those artists bring to the local community.
East Arts (formerly East of the River)
The East Arts (EA) grant provides access to high-quality arts and humanities experiences for DC residents who live east of the Anacostia River. Activities may be programs or projects that include, but are not limited to, dance, design, folk and traditional arts, literature, media arts, music, theater, and visual arts. Funding may be used to support operational and programmatic costs directly related to the East of the River activities described in the application. Organizations must be headquartered in Wards 7 or 8 in order to be eligible for this grant.
Facilities and Buildings
Provides support for cultural facilities capital projects, including project planning, professional services, equipment purchases, renovations, repairs, facility purchase.
General Operating Support
The General Operating Support (GOS) grant provides general operating support for arts, humanities and arts education organizations.
Juried Exhibition Grant
The Juried Exhibition Grant (JEG) provides support for District-based artists to exhibit their work in a juried, themed visual art exhibition through grant support and use of CAH’s exhibition space within their District owned building lobby and CAH's virtual platform. If the gallery is unavailable, the exhibition will be installed on the on-line platform only. The FY22 exhibition will be organized around the theme of environmental justice. In their work, artists may address local and/or global questions of ecology, environmentalism, biodiversity, climate change, stewardship, the relationship of climate justice to social justice, and/or other related concepts and issues.
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.
Projects, Events and Festivals
The Projects, Events and Festivals (PEF) grant provides project support for individuals and organizations to execute projects that promote arts and humanities activities to a diverse range of communities within the District of Columbia. Also, CAH encourages community-based projects that share characteristics such as geographic location, common interests or a collective identity.
Public Art Building Communities
Supports the design, fabrication and installation of permanent or temporary public artwork that enhances District neighborhoods by connecting artists and their artwork with communities.
Sister Cities Grant
The Sister Cities Grant (SCG) provides one-time project support and covers travel expenses to foster arts and humanities exchange between the District of Columbia and District of Columbia’s Sister Cities.
Upstart Capacity-Building Grant
Upstart is designed to support arts and humanities organizations with intensive technical assistance through consulting and funding for core administrative systems, leadership development and operating reserves.