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Projects, Events, or Festivals


Projects, Events, and Festivals (PEF) furthers CAH’s mission by encouraging progress in the arts and humanities in the District of Columbia. This program supports individuals and nonprofit arts, humanities, arts education, and service groups. Strong applicants showcase their contributions to DC as a world-class cultural capital. This grant opportunity program goals::

  • 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. 

PEF is open for projects of all sizes that show District impact and engage District residents and visitors.

CAH encourages community-based projects. They share traits like location, interests, or impact. Arts and humanities projects may include concerts, art shows, readings, or festivals. These festivals feature dance, folk art, film, music, theater, and other art forms. CAH encourages unsure applicants to contact a CAH grants manager.

PEF Request for Applications.

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

The FY 2026 PEF RFA will be released in 2025.

Check out our FY 2024 PEF Grantees