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FY18 Call for Grants Panelists

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) is seeking advisory review panelists for the FY18 grant season. Panelists are integral to 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 nominate themselves or their peers to serve as a panelist. Selected panelists will demonstrate expertise through involvement in one or more sectors of the creative economy in the District for a minimum of two years. Individuals with arts and humanities backgrounds make the strongest candidates (i.e. artists, arts administrators, arts educators, gallery professionals, curators, art critics, film professionals, etc.) CAH supports panel diversity in all forms: age, race, gender, disabilities, sexual orientation, artistic discipline, location, etc.

For FY18, CAH offers grant programs which will be paneled during the spring, summer and fall of 2017 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

FY18 Advisory Review Panel Timeline

Date Event
October 20, 2017 Application Deadlines Begin
October 27, 2017 Panelists Begin Review
November - December 2017 Panels Meet

Panelists will have 3-6 weeks to review a maximum of 35 applications. CAH estimates that a panelist will spend 40 hours reviewing applications on-line. All advisory panel meetings will take place at the CAH office unless otherwise noted and most meetings last one business day or less.

Résumés must include the nominee's full name and home address along with professional experience, knowledge and skills related to the arts or related fields. All applications will receive a confirmation of receipt within 48 hours of submission. CAH staff will contact panelist nominees to confirm interest and availability if a nominee is being considered to serve on an advisory review panel. 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 submit your resume, email Coordinator Travis Marcus at [email protected] or call 202-724-5613. Please ensure your home address is clearly indicated at the top of the resume.