Sorry, you need to enable JavaScript to visit this website.


DC Arts
  • facebook
  • twitter
  • instagram

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 two (2) categories. Applicants have the opportunity to choose a category when they initiate an online application. Organizations who identify as Service Organizations should consult the GOS: Service Organizations RFA.


The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) has finished soliciting applications from qualified arts, humanities, or arts education for its Fiscal Year 2024 General Operating Support Grant Program (GOS).

FY24 GOS Application Release: Monday | January 23, 2023
FY24 GOS Application Deadline: Tuesday | February 21, 2023 | 10 pm ET

Incomplete or late applications or applications that do not follow the instructions and guidelines may be deemed ineligible for review and funding. Prospective applicants should read through this Request for Applications (RFA) in its entirety before submitting an application.

Staff Contact:

Terrell Johnson, Senior Grants Officer | [email protected]
Kamanzi Kalisa, Grant Manager | [email protected]
Kerry Kaleba, Grant Manager | [email protected]

View the FY24 GOS RFAs by downloading PDFs of the RFA as well as Questions and Uploads, or navigating the RFAs using the Table of Contents below.