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Grant Writing Assistance

CAH staff members are available to help develop grant applications through group and individual technical assistance. CAH will conduct free workshops and live web chats for participants to learn about the agency’s funding opportunities and how to submit an application.
Workshop dates, times and locations listed below are subject to change. All workshops are free and open to the public; however, participants are encouraged to RSVP. Photo identification is required for in-person workshops. Call (202) 724-5613 for additional information and workshop confirmation. Workshop attendance is strongly recommended for first-time applicants.
Date Time Topic Location
Thursday, May 9, 2019 10:00 - 11:30 AHEP Workshop DCHR
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 4:00 - 5:30 AHEP Workshop Northeast Library
Thursday, May 9, 2019 11:30 - 1:00 AHFP Workshop DCHR
Thursday, May 16, 2019 2:30 - 4:00  AHFP Workshop Cleveland Library
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 6:00 - 7:30  AHFP Workshop MPR
Saturday, May 18, 2019 2:00 - 3:30 

CG Workshop

CAH Gallery 
200 I (Eye) Street SE
Thursday, May 23, 2019 6:00 - 7:30 CG Workshop CAH Gallery 
200 I (Eye) Street SE
Saturday, June 8, 2019 10:00 - 11:30 CG Workshop CAH Gallery 
200 I (Eye) Street SE
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 6:00 - 7:30 CG Workshop CAH Gallery 
200 I (Eye) Street SE
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 6:00 - 7:30 EOR Workshop MPR
Thursday, May 23, 2019 4:00 - 5:30 EOR Workshop Anacostia Library
Thursday, May 30, 2019 11:30 - 1:00 FAB Workshop DCHR
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 6:00 - 7:30

FAB Workshop

Thursday, May 16, 2019 4:00 - 5:30 FTE Workshop Cleveland Library
Thursday, May 30, 2019 10:00 - 11:30 FTE Workshop DCHR
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 10:00 - 11:30 PEF Workshop Anacostia Library
Thursday, May 23, 2019 6:00 - 7:30 PEF Workshop MPR
Thursday, May 30, 2019 2:30 - 4:00 PEF Workshop DCHR
Tueday, May 14, 2019 11:30 - 1:00 SCG Workshop Anacostia Library
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 2:30 - 4:00 SCG Workshop Northeast Library
Thursday, May 23, 2019 2:30 - 4:00 UPS Workshop Anacostia Library
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 10:00 - 11:30 UPS Workshop Tenley-Friendship Library
Friday, May 10, 2019 2:30 - 3:30  FY20 Grants Live Chat
Friday, May 17, 2019 2:30 - 3:30  FY20 Grants Live Chat
Saturday, May 18, 2019 2:00 - 3:30  FY20 Grants
Open Hours
Monday, June 24, 2019 2:30 - 3:30  FY20 Grants Live Chat
Friday, June 28, 2019 2:30 - 3:30  FY20 Grants Live Chat
Friday, July 12, 2019 2:30 - 3:30  FY20 Grants Live Chat


FY20 Information Sessions and Workshops will be held at:

Anacostia Neighborhood Library
1800 Good Hope Road SE, Washington, DC 20020

Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library
4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016

West End Neighborhood Library
2301 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

Dorothy Heights Neighborhood Library
3935 Benning Road NE, Washington, DC 20009

Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Library
3160 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20010

Takoma Park Neighborhood Library
416 Cedar Street NW, Washington, DC 20012

Northeast Library
330 7th Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

Cleveland Library
3310 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

1015 Half Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

MPR (Multi-Purpose Room)
200 I (Eye) Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

CAH Gallery
200 I (Eye) Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

Live Web Chats:

AHEP Arts and Humanities Education Projects
AHFP Arts and Humanities Fellowship Program
CG Curatorial Grant
EOR East of the River
FAB Facilities and Buildings
FTE Field Trip Experiences
PABC Public Art Building Communities
PEF Projects, Events or Festivals
SCG Sister Cities Grant
UPS Upstart
Live Chat Online Q&A with CAH grants staff
Open Hours One-on-one assistance, no appointment necessary

Application Process

The FY20 grant program guidelines will be made available soon on the our website. CAH utilizes an online grant portal to receive applications. If an applicant requires assistance with online access they may contact the agency for support. All applications must be submitted online by 4:00 pm on the deadline date. Incomplete or late applications, or applications which do not follow the instructions, will be ineligible for review and funding. The grant period is from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020. Grant funds may not be used for activities that occur outside these dates. CAH will not accept mailed, emailed or hand-delivered copies of grant applications unless approved prior to the grant deadline as a reasonable accommodation request from applicants with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation, contact Kali Wasenko at 202-724-5613 or [email protected].

Live chat with Grants Team
Future live chat sessions can be found here. CAH grants staff will be available to answer questions online via live chat. Complete instructions and access the live chat session can be found here: https://dcarts.dc.gov/livechat

Open Hours
In preparation for the grant application process, CAH staff provides applicants with one-on-one assistance related to their grant applications during “open hours”. Walk-ins are welcome.

One-on-One Assistance
CAH staff members are also available to discuss strategies that might help showcase the applicant’s activities in the best possible manner. These appointments are 30-minutes in length and hosted at the CAH offices up to one week before the deadline, as schedules allow. CAH encourages applicants to contact the appropriate program manager well in advance to schedule, and send a draft proposal for review in advance of the meeting.

Grant Application Procedure:
  1. Review the “FY 2020 Guide to Grants” and the grant guidelines for specific grant programs thoroughly and determine eligibility of the applicant, project and project activities;
  2. Visit www.dcarts.dc.gov. Go to the  Grants tab and select the Grant Application Portal to register to Sign Up and Sign In:
    • To reset the password select “Forgot your password?” 
  3. Once logged in, applicants must select the desired grant program(s);
  4. Complete the application questions and budget/budget narrative data;
  5. Upload all required documents, supplementary material, and work samples; and,
  6. Submit the application by 4:00 pm on the grant program’s deadline date.
The application process is competitive and subject to the availability of funds. Applicants may not request or receive funding for the same activities through more than one CAH grant program or grant category. Multiple applicants (entities) may not apply for funding for the same project – whether through the same or different grant programs.
Applicants are responsible for the content of their application packages. An automated confirmation of an application’s submission does not guarantee an application’s eligibility or recommendation for funding by the advisory review panel. CAH staff is not permitted to make corrections to applications on behalf of applicants. CAH staff will review applications for completeness and contact applicants for any incomplete documents within five (5) business days of the deadline. Applicants are responsible for updating their application within five (5) business days of CAH’s notification. Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the advisory review panel for consideration.
For additional 2019 Spring and Summer workshops see the Grants at a Glance PDF.