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FY20 Call for Grants Panelists

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The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) is seeking advisory review panelists to perform evaluation and rating of FY20 applications. Panelists are integral to the CAH’s grants process because they review applications, provide comments, and score applications in order to recommend recipients of CAH grant awards.

Residents of the District of Columbia metropolitan area are encouraged to apply to serve as a panelist. Selected panelists will demonstrate expertise through involvement in one or more sectors of the creative economy in the District. Individuals with arts and humanities backgrounds make the strongest candidates (i.e. artists, arts administrators, arts educators, gallery professionals, curators, art critics, etc.). The CAH supports panel diversity in all forms: age, race, gender, disabilities, sexual orientation, artistic discipline, location, etc.

For FY20, CAH offers grant programs which will be paneled during the spring, summer and fall of 2019 including:

Grant Program



Arts Education Projects


Project-based arts & humanities programming for Pre K-18 & professional development opportunities

Arts and Humanities Fellowship Program


Individual grant for excellence in the arts and humanities

General Operating Support Program

Spring General operating support for the arts, humanities and arts education organizations designated as a 501(c)(3).
Facilities and Buildings Projects Summer Project-based capital improvements and purchase of arts & humanities facilities
LiftOff Fall Organizational capacity-building

Projects, Events and Festivals (Cycle 1)


Project-based programming

Projects, Events and Festivals (Cycle 2) Fall Project-based programming
East of the River Projects Summer Project support to programs that impact residents of Wards 7 & 8

Public Art Building Communities (Cycle 1)


Temporary and permanent public art projects

Public Art Building Communities (Cycle 2) Fall Temporary and permanent public art projects
Sister Cities Grant Fall Project-based programming with DC's 14 sister cities



Organizational capacity-building

FY20 Advisory Review Panel Timeline

Date Event
TBA Application Deadlines Begin
TBA Panelists Begin Review
TBA Panels Meet

CAH accepts applications for grant programs several times a year. Panelists will have 4-6 weeks to review a maximum of 35 applications. CAH estimates that a panelist will spend 40 hours reviewing applications on-line before one day of in-person service. All advisory panel meetings will take place at the CAH office at 200 I Street, SE, Washington, DC, unless otherwise noted. 

Panelists are appointed to one panel per year for a maximum of three consecutive years and do not receive compensation, stipends, honorariums and/or travel reimbursement.

To apply to become a panelist, please download the PDF form below and open in Adobe Acrobat. Once in Adobe Acrobat, please proceed to fill in your information accordingly. Then email the completed form along with your resume to Travis Marcus, CAH general clerk at [email protected] or call 202-724-5613. Please ensure your home address is clearly indicated at the top of the resume.