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Projects, Events, or Festivals


The Projects, Events, or Festivals (PEF) Grant offers support to qualified Individuals and nonprofit arts, humanities, arts education, and service organizations to deliver exemplary programs that promote arts and/or humanities activities to a diverse range of communities within the District of Columbia. CAH will award select applicants (“grantees”) a grant of funds to support the delivery of their proposed project. CAH grant funds must be spent within CAH’s Fiscal Year 2023 (FY 2023) (October 1, 2022, to September 30, 2023). Grant award funds cover expenses made only within this period.

Grants are competitive and applications are organized for review in cohorts based on the following qualifying project categories: (1) Organizations; or (2) Individuals.

Award amounts are subject to CAH’s availability of funds and are based upon the advisory review panel score and ranking.

All Projects Events Festivals awards no longer require a 1:1 cash match.


By making its PEF grant awards, CAH endeavors to:

  • Provide access to high-quality arts and humanities experiences for all District of Columbia residents.
  • Improve quality of life by supporting vibrant community projects within the arts and humanities.
  • Strengthen the creative economy through investments in local individuals and organizations.


CAH accepts applications for projects of all sizes that demonstrate District impact and engage District residents and visitors.

CAH encourages community-based projects that share characteristics such as geographic location, common interests, or community impact. Arts and humanities projects may include, but are not limited to: concerts; visual arts exhibitions; literary readings; or festivals that feature dance, folk art, film, music, theatre and other art forms. Applicants who are unsure if their project may qualify for this grant program are encouraged to contact a CAH grants manager.

Projects, Events, or Festivals applicants will be reviewed by cohorts based on applicant type (individuals or organizations). Cohorts will be determined by CAH based on the pool of applications received. 

FY24 Submission Deadline: TBA in Spring 2023