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DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Announces INNOVATE DC – Special Arts Initiative Grant

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Up to $100,000 of funding offered for innovative arts projects in Washington, DC

Today the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) announced the Innovate DC Special Arts Initiative, which offers one-time grants up to $100,000 to District-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts and community-based organizations.

The grant is aimed to reward projects that encourage and maintain the long-term development and impact on the arts, humanities and Creative Economy in Washington, DC.

Innovate DC is a funding initiative of the DCCAH that best reflects the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of the District of Columbia’s arts, humanities and cultural sectors. This new initiative strongly supports Mayor Bowser’s Administration’s efforts to advance a fresh start with programs that are creative, innovative and improve neighborhoods in the District. Funding opportunities have been expanded to include culinary arts, fashion, graphic design, digital media and film.

“The Creative Economy is responsible for more than 112,000 jobs here in Washington, DC,” said Edmund Fleet, Chair of DCCAH. “This initiative will help ensure continued growth and expansion of the arts and support exciting ideas that will have a positive impact on the District.”

“Innovate DC encourages organizations to make a creative and strategic departure from their standard practice,” said Lionell Thomas, Executive Director of DCCAH. “In particular, we encourage applicants to explore collaborations that expand the reach of the arts, humanities and the Creative Economy, as well as public-private partnerships that are responsive and impactful.”

Applications will be available online at www.dcarts.dc.gov beginning Wednesday, January 28, 2015. DCCAH will hold a series of grant writing workshops in February. Applications for the Innovate DC grant will be due Thursday, February 26, 2015.  For more information, contact Derek Younger or Moshe Adams, DCCAH Director of Grants, at (202) 724-5613.

About the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities provides grants, professional opportunities, education enrichment, and other programs and services to individuals and nonprofit organizations in all communities within the District of Columbia. The Arts Commission is supported primarily by District government funds and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.