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The Upstart Program

Grants to Improve Efficiency of Art Organizations

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DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

Deadline Date:

08/24/11 11:59 PM


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Grants for up to $100,000 for non-profit art organizations in Washington DC. The purpose of this funding is to provide necessary consultation support and funding to improve the way art organizations operate and manage their organization. The goals of the program are as follows:

• To provide access to high-quality arts and humanities experiences for all District of Columbia residents;
• To stimulate the creative economy through investments in local arts organizations
• To ensure organizational sustainability for arts and humanities organizations so that they may contribute to the District of Columbia’s diverse cultural landscape; and
• To build a diverse network of executive leaders to facilitate information sharing and peer learning.

Possible projects funded may include consulting services for information technology, communications or fundraising strategy, organizational development, executive coaching, financial management, strategic planning, and governance.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 125808

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Term of Contract:

October 1, 2011-September 30, 2012.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility is limited to organizations:
• With current budgets under $1.5 million
• 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 Columbia
• Principal offices located in the District of Columbia
• In good standing with DCCAH
• Have at least 51% of scheduled arts activities occur within the District of Columbia

Pre-proposal Conference:

The executive director or designated representative must attend one of the
following grant preparation workshops. Reservations are not required.

Monday, July 25, 2011 - DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Conference Center
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM 1371 Harvard Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Conference Center
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM 1371 Harvard Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

Contact Information:

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

Carlyn Madden
Arts Education Manager

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington, DC