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Cultural Facilities Projects

Grants to Renovate Facilities
of Non-Profit Arts Organizations

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DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

Deadline Date:

08/31/11 11:59 PM


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Grants for up to $100,000 to improve the facilities belonging to non-profit organizations operating in Washington DC. Funding may be used to improve museums, galleries, theaters, offices, arts storage/conservation space, film exhibition space, studios, historic buildings and more. This grant aims to accomplish the following:

• Ensure that facilities are safe, comfortable and efficient, so that arts groups may expand audiences and enhance their art form
• Improve or expand infrastructure to provide better accessibility;
• Further the learning opportunities and encourage greater participation in local arts activities;
• Promote robust and diverse artistic experiences throughout the District of Columbia; and
• Fortify local arts organizations in the pursuit of their mission.

Acceptable projects include roof replacement, HVAC updates, installation of handicapped accessible bathrooms, theatrical lighting and sound updates, specialized flooring installation, upgrades to fire safety systems, façade restoration, elevator installation and electrical and advanced networks wiring.

Priority will be given to:
• Projects that demonstrate the readiness to undertake proposed project within the prescribed grant period
• Projects that improve, expand, or rehabilitate buildings to provide for handicapped accessibility.
• Projects that increase and assure public access to the arts.
• Projects that address known health and safety deficiencies.
• Projects that reduce the organization’s operating costs.
• Project that create or improve access to facilities for working artists.
• Applicants who use contractors that are District approved and certified Local, Small or Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (LSBDE), per the District’s procurement law.
• Applicants that have not received DCCAH cultural facility funding in FY 2010 or FY 2011
• Applicants with operating budgets of less than $500,000.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 125798

Term of Contract:

October 1, 2011-September 30, 2012

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations may apply if they meet all of the following eligibility requirements at the time of application:
• Incorporated as a non-profit, with a designated tax exempt status under section
501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code, as well as in the District of
• Principal offices are located in the District of Columbia.
• Applicants must be in good standing with DCCAH.
• Incorporated as an arts or cultural organization, with exhibition, presentation or
training in the arts as its primary function, as documented within its articles of
• Own or hold the lease of the facility at the time of application for an unexpired period of at least five years.

Pre-Application Information:

The Cultural Facilities Program has a 1:1 cash matching requirement.

DCCAH staff members are available to help develop grant applications through group and individual technical assistance. Between July 11th and August 19th, DCCAH will conduct free workshops for participants to learn useful information about the agency’s funding opportunities and how to submit a successful grant application. More information about the dates and times of these workshops can be found at the following link:
In addition, DCCAH staff members are available for individual assistance by appointment only. Contact information for the DCCAH staff members is available at the following link:

Applications must be submitted online through the website by using a program called Zoom Grants. DCCAH will not accept mailed, emailed or hand-delivered copies of grant applications.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Deirdre Ehlen
Public Art Project Manager

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington, DC