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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.
 
Workshops
Day and Date Time Topic Location
Thursday, February 1 10:00 am - 11:30 am General Operating Support (GOS) Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library
Friday, February 2 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm General Operating Support (GOS) Live Chat
Tuesday, February 6 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm General Operating Support (GOS) CAH
Friday, February 9 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm General Operating Support (GOS) Live Chat
Wednesday, February 14 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Public Art Building Communities (PABC) Anacostia Neighborhood Library
Wednesday, February 14 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm General Operating Support (GOS) Anacostia Neighborhood Library
Friday, February 16 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

General Operating Support (GOS)

Public Art Building Communities (PABC)

Live Chat
Wednesday, February 21 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Public Art Building Communities (PABC) CAH
Friday, February 23 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

General Operating Support (GOS)

Public Art Building Communities (PABC)

Live Chat
Wednesday, March 7 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Public Art Building Communities (PABC)

CAH
Tuesday, March 13 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP) CAH
Friday, March 16 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Public Art Building Communities (PABC) Live Chat
Wednesday, March 21 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Public Art Building Communities (PABC) Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library
Friday, March 23 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Public Art Building Communities (PABC)

Live Chat
Friday, March 30 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Public Art Building Communities (PABC) CAH
Tuesday, April 3 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Data Arts CulturalData.org
Saturday, April 28 10:00 am - 12:00 pm CAH FY19 Grants Introduction Janney Elementary School
Monday, April 30 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm CAH FY19 Grants Introduction CAH
Monday, April 30 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CAH FY19 Grants Introduction Shepherd Park Library
Tuesday, May 1 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Data Arts CulturalData.org
Tuesday, May 1 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm CAH FY19 Grants Introduction Edgewood Arts Center
Tuesday, May 1 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CAH FY19 Grants Introduction R.I.S.E Demonstration Hall
Wednesday, May 2 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm CAH FY19 Grants Introduction West End Library
Wednesday, May 2 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CAH FY19 Grants Introduction Reeves Building
Thursday, May 3 10:00 am - 11:30 am Open Hours DMGEO
Thursday, May 3 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Projects, Events and Festivals (PEF) DMGEO
Thursday, May 3 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm East of the River (EOR) DMGEO
Thursday, May 3 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Arts and Humanities Fellowship Program (AHFP) CAH
Friday, May 4 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm All Open Grants Live Chat
Saturday, May 5 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CAH FY19 Grants Introduction Dorothy Heights Library
Tuesday, May 8 10:00 am - 11:30 am Arts and Humanities Education Projects (AHEP) CAH
Tuesday, May 8 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Projects, Events and Festivals (PEF) CAH
Thursday, May 10 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Arts and Humanities Fellowship Program (AHFP) DMGEO
Thursday, May 10 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Upstart Program (UPS) DMGEO
Thursday, May 10 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm East of the River (EOR) CAH
Friday, May 11 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm All Open Grants Live Chat
Saturday, May 12 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Open Hours CAH Gallery
Tuesday, May 15 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Sister Cities Grant (SCG) CAH
Tuesday, May 15 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Arts and Humanities Education Projects (AHEP) CAH
Thursday, May 17 11:30 am - 1:00 pm Open Hours DMGEO
Thursday, May 17 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Arts and Humanities Fellowship Program (AHFP) DMGEO
Friday, May 18 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm All Open Grants Live Chat
Saturday, May 19 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Open Hours CAH
Tuesday, May 22 10:00 am - 11:30 am Sister Cities Grant (SCG) DMGEO
Tuesday, May 22 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm East of the River (EOR) DMGEO
Tuesday, May 22 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Field Trip Experiences (FTE) DMGEO
Tuesday, May 22 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Upstart Program (UPS) CAH
Thursday, May 24 10:00 am - 11:30 am Field Trip Experiences (FTE) CAH
Thursday, May 24 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Sister Cities Grant (SCG) CAH
Thursday, May 24 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Curatorial Grant (CG) CAH Gallery
Friday, May 25 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm All Open Grants Live Chat
Tuesday, May 29 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Arts and Humanities Education Projects (AHEP) DMGEO
Tuesday, May 29 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Projects, Events and Festivals (PEF) CAH
Thursday, May 31 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Facilities and Buildings (FAB) CAH
Thursday, May 31 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Field Trip Experiences (FTE) CAH
Friday, June 1 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Public Art Building Communities (PABC) CANCELLED
Thursday, June 7 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Curatorial Grant (CG) CAH Gallery
Friday, June 8 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Facilities and Buildings (FAB)

Public Art Building Communities (PABC)

Live Chat
Wednesday, June 13 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Facilities and Buildings (FAB) CAH
Friday, June 15 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Facilities and Buildings (FAB)

Public Art Building Communities (PABC)

Live Chat
Wednesday, June 27 10:00 am - 11:30 am Public Art Building Communities (PABC) CAH
Monday, July 9 10:00 am - 11:30 am Facilities and Buildings (FAB) DMGEO
Monday, July 9 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Public Art Building Communities (PABC) DMGEO
Friday, July 13 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Public Art Building Communities (PABC) Live Chat
Tuesday, July 17 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Public Art Building Communities (PABC) CAH
Monday, July 23 10:00 am - 11:30 am Public Art Building Communities (PABC) CAH
Friday, July 27 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Public Art Building Communities (PABC) Live Chat

FY19 General Operating Support Workshops will be held at:

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH)

200 I (Eye) Street SE, Suite 1400

Washington, DC 20003

Office of the Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity (DMGEO)

2235 Shannon Place SE, Suite 3040

Washington, DC 20020

Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library

4500 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20016

Live Web Chats:

www.dcarts.dc.gov/livechat

Application Process

The FY19 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, 2018 to September 30, 2019. 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 Kali Wasenko at 202-724-5613 or [email protected].

Webchat with Grants Team
Future webchat sessions can be found here. CAH grants staff will be available to answer questions online via web 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 2019 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.