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Public Art Building Communities (PABC)


The Public Art Building Communities (PABC) grant program supports individual artists and organizations in their effort to design, fabricate and install new permanent or temporary works of public art that connect artists (and their artwork) with communities.

For the purposes of this grant, public art is defined as artwork in a variety of media sited and installed onto locations that are accessible to the public (without cost) and in exterior (outdoor) locations free of encumbrances. Artwork must be sited and installed onto locations that are accessible and viewable from public space. Materials should be sustainable, low maintenance and protected by graffiti resistance coatings. Permanent public art projects are defined as existing for a duration of more than two (2) years without a deinstallation plan. Works must require minimal routine maintenance. Temporary public art projects are defined as existing for less than two (2) years with a deinstallation plan.

Examples of Public Art include, but are not limited to sculptures, mosaics, artistic streetscapes, murals, painting in outdoor plazas, mixed media, paving pattern, media/digital installations, landscape designed projects, custom benches, stained glass installations, and artistic arches, gates, or railings.

FY24 Public Art Building Communities Grant Request for Applications

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) is soliciting applications from qualified individual artists or organizations for its Fiscal Year 2024 Public Art Building Communities Grant Program (PABC). Multiple awards may be made under this Request for Applications (RFA). Award amounts vary.

RFA Release: Friday, April 7, 2023, 5:00 PM
Submission Deadline: Monday, July 17, 2023, 9:00 PM
Number of Awards: Multiple
Award Amount: Individuals up to $75,000
Organizations up to $125,000
Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) up to $150,000

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

Source of Funds: The source of funds for the grant(s) is the portion of the Agency’s annual grants budget allocated for grant programs established by CAH in accordance with D.C. Official Code § 29-205(c-1)(2)(C). CAH may make multiple awards under this RFA.

CAH’s Authority to Make Grants: CAH has grantmaking authority under the Commission on the Arts and Humanities Act of 1975, as amended (D.C. Law 1-22; D.C. Official Code § 39-204).

Staff Contact: Kerry Kennedy, Public Art Program Coordinator | [email protected]

View the FY24 PABC RFA by downloading the PDFs of the RFA as well as Q&As, or nagivate the RFA on our website using the Table of Contents below.