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DC Main Street Arts Initiative

Thursday, June 2, 2005

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, with assistance from the federal government, seeks to support arts and cultural facilities in the District of Columbia’s 12 designated Main Street neighborhoods:

  • 14th and U Street, NW
  • 14th Street Heights, NW
  • Adams Morgan, NW
  • Anacostia, SE
  • Barracks Row, SE 
  • Brookland, NE 
  • Dupont Circle, NW
  • Gateway Georgia Avenue, NW
  • H Street, NE
  • Mount Pleasant Street, NW
  • North Capitol Street, NE 
  • Shaw, NW 

Organizations are invited to apply for one-time capital funding support in the form of matching grants to help defray costs related to the improvement, expansion and rehabilitation of existing buildings owned or leased by nonprofit cultural institutions. The types of facilities involved may include, but are not limited to: museums, galleries, theaters, offices, arts storage/conservation, film exhibition, studios and historic buildings. Examples of funded projects may include roof replacement, HVAC, handicapped accessible bathrooms, theatrical lighting and sound, dance floors, fire safety systems, façade restoration, elevator installation, electrical and advanced networks wiring. This funding is intended to ensure that facilities are safe, comfortable and efficient, so that arts groups may expand audiences and enhance their art form.

Funding for this program is part of a special initiative designed to bolster efforts in areas identified by the DC Office of Planning. Organizations not in designated Main Street areas are not precluded from applying, however, priority consideration is given to those that are in designated Main Street areas.

The deadline for applications is Thursday, June 30, 2005, 6 pm.