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One Hundred Grants Awarded to Artists and Arts Organizations in the District of Columbia

Friday, April 12, 2013
Over $3.2 million awarded as part of D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ second round of funding

Mayor Vincent C. Gray, and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) are pleased to announce the awarding of 100 grants to local artists and nonprofit arts organizations during the Commission’s second round of grants in fiscal year 2013. The awards total $3.2 million, representing all eight wards of the District of Columbia. The second round of funding was a result of an increase of $6.8 million to the DCCAH’s original budget for this year.

The awards reflect four of the six grant programs the DCCAH released in calendar year 2013: Arts and Healing, Sister Cities International Arts Grant, Arts Stabilization Grant and Community Arts Grant #2.

Second Round of Grant Programs (FY 2013)

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 have been established in the District for a minimum of seven (7) years.
  • The second round of Community Arts Grant (CAG) provides support for small-scale projects that promote arts and humanities activities to a diverse range of communities in the District. 

"I would like to extend my appreciation to Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the City Council for the increase in this year’s budget and for recognizing the impact that the arts make to this city’s economic development and to the quality of life of our residents," said Lionell Thomas, Executive Director of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

This year, the DCCAH received 220 eligible applications for arts funding. The funding rate of 45 percent of eligible applications shows the District’s commitment to sustaining an arts and culture industry which plays a vital role in this city’s economic prosperity. These grantees contribute to the District's nonprofit arts and culture industry that provides an economic impact of over $1.1 billion to the city.

For the complete list of the second round of FY 2013 grantees, please click here.