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General Operating Support


The General Operating Support Grant Program (GOS) offers general operating support to non-profit arts, humanities, and arts education organizations whose primary mission focus is in one or more arts or humanities disciplines referenced in Guide to Grants. The mission, as submitted on the organization’s most-recent IRS Form 990, should include the word(s) arts, humanities, and/or arts or humanities discipline. More than 51% of both the organization’s previous year’s cash expenses and programming/services must be devoted to the arts and humanities and/or arts education. 

GOS applicants must demonstrate the ways in which their ongoing programming aligns with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) goal to encourage diverse artistic expressions and learning opportunities, so that all District of Columbia residents and visitors may experience the rich culture of the city. Successful GOS applications must clearly detail their organization’s outstanding leadership and vision, history of arts/humanities programming and strong track record of broad and inclusive community engagement.

GOS applications are reviewed in three (3) categories: Generalists, Service Organizations, and Capacity Building. Applicants have the opportunity to choose a category when they initiate an online application.   

GOS Request for Applications

The FY 2025 GOS RFA closed on Thursday, April 11, 2024.

The FY 2026 GOS RFA will be released in 2025.

Check out our FY 2024 GOS Grantees