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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.
Upcoming Workshops
Date Time Topic Location
Friday, January 24, 2020 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm FY21 General Operating Support (GOS) Live Chat
Thursday, January 30, 2020 11:00 am - 12:30 pm FY21 General Operating Support (GOS) Anacostia Neighborhood Library
Friday, January 31, 2020 NEW TIME 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm FY21 General Operating Support (GOS) Live Chat
Monday, February 3, 2020 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm FY21 General Operating Support (GOS) CAH Multipurpose Room
Thursday, February 6, 2020 10:30 am - 12:00 pm FY21 General Operating Support (GOS) Tenleytown-Friendship Neighborhood Library
Friday, February 7, 2020 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm FY21 General Operating Support (GOS) Live Chat
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm FY21 General Operating Support (GOS) Northeast Neighborhood  Library
Friday, February 14, 2020 2:30 pm - 3:00 PM FY21 General Operating Support (GOS) Live Chat

Upcoming FY21 GOS Workshops will be held at:

Anacostia Neighborhood Library
1800 Good Hope Road SE

Washington, DC 20020

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH)
200 I (Eye) Street SE


Washington, DC 20003

Tenleytown-Friendship Neighborhood Library
4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20016

Northeast Neighborhood Library
330 7th Street NE

Washington, DC 20002

Live Web Chats:

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 David Markey 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.