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Commission on the Arts and Humanities Releases Five New Grant Programs

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Today, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) released guidelines for five new funding opportunities: the Arts Stabilization Grant, the Sister Cities International Arts Grant, the Arts and Healing Grant, Special Project Funding Opportunities, and the second round of the Community Arts Grant. These grant programs are only open to artists and arts organizations that are based in the District of Columbia.

The new grant programs are a result of a $6.8 million increase granted by the DC City Council on June 5, 2012.

“In November, we held two community forums to assess the needs of the DC arts community,” said Lionell Thomas, Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. “With the new grant programs, we are seeking to address the needs of arts organizations of varying sizes, budgets and disciplines; with the goal of sustaining a strong and vibrant arts community.”

The Arts Stabilization Grant (ASG) provides one-time general operating support to established arts and humanities organizations that support the sustainability of the District of Columbia's creative economy. Eligible organizations must be established in the District for a minimum of seven (7) years. The maximum request for ASG is $250,000.

The Sister Cities International Arts Grant (SCIAG) provides one-time project support and covers travel expenses to  foster cultural exchange and diplomacy between the District of Columbia and our Sister Cities (For a complete list of Sister Cities visit: http://os.dc.gov/service/dc-sister-cities). SCIAG grants support high quality dance, music and theatre ensembles, visual arts exhibitions and literary readings, as well as individual and multi-disciplinary artists. SCIAG may also support participation in arts festivals. The maximum request for SCIAG is $20,000.

With the Special Project Funding Opportunity (SPFO), artists and nonprofit arts organizations are encouraged to submit creative ideas and concepts for the production of an innovative citywide arts project(s). This one-time funding will be awarded to projects that improve the quality of life for District residents, highlight the cultural diversity and vibrancy of the District of Columbia and promote the creative economy through strong partnerships. The maximum request for SPFO is $100,000. Selected applicants will be asked to provide a full proposal.

The Arts and Healing Grant (AHG) supports arts projects of various artistic disciplines by providing access to arts for residents of the District of Columbia to improve their quality of life. This grant program gives the applicant the opportunity to identify target participants, define the needs of those participants and determine how the proposed project will improve the well being of participants through the arts. The maximum request for AHG is $10,000.

The DCCAH is releasing a second round of the Community Arts Grant (CAG). CAG provides support for small-scale projects that promote arts and humanities activities to a diverse range of communities in the District.  The maximum request for CAG is $10,000.

Deadlines for the new grant programs are as follows:

  • Arts Stabilization Grant - Friday, January 18, 2013
  • Sister Cities International Arts Grant - Thursday, January 3, 2013 (letter of intent deadline); Monday, February 11, 2013 (full application deadline)
  • Arts and Healing Grant Thursday, January 17, 2013
  • Special Project Funding Opportunities Wednesday, January 9, 2013 (letter of intent deadline)
  • Community Arts Grant (Round 2) Thursday, January 17, 2013

View the guidelines for the new grant programs here.

The DCCAH will also host grant workshops for the new grant programs. View the schedule for the upcoming workshops here.

For additional assistance with the new grant programs, email the respective program manager or call (202) 724-5613.