District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH)
06/15/18 4:00 PM ET
Grants of up to $30,000 to Washington, DC nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and grants of up to $20,000 to individuals to foster the exchange of arts and humanities. Funding will support projects and travel expenses associated with projects carried out with the District’s international sister cities.
CAH seeks grant applications from qualified arts, humanities and arts education organizations to foster arts and humanities exchange between the District of Columbia and District of Columbia’s Sister Cities. CAH will award select applicants (“grantee”) a grant of funds to support the delivery of their proposed program.
Grants are competitive and applications will be organized for review in cohorts based on applicant type (individual or organization).
By making its SCG grant awards, CAH endeavors to meet the following goals, and an applicant’s submission should offer consideration to these goals:
-Provide artists, humanities practitioners and arts organizations from the District of Columbia and the District’s Sister Cities the opportunity to engage in exchange through the arts and humanities;
-Improve quality of life by supporting vibrant community projects within the arts and humanities; and,
-Raise the profile of the District of Columbia and promote the city as a world class cultural capital.
Description of SCG Program:
The Sister Cities Grant (SCG) provides one-time project support and covers travel expenses to foster arts and humanities exchange between the District of Columbia and District of Columbia’s Sister Cities. This grant is unique to CAH’s grant collection in that it benefits the arts and humanities for both the District of Columbia and its Sister Cities.
SCG arts and humanities projects may include, but are not limited to: concerts, visual arts exhibitions, literary readings or festivals that feature dance, folk art, film, music, theatre and other art forms. SCG may also support participation in arts and humanities festivals. Applicants who are unsure if their project may qualify for this grant program are encouraged to contact a CAH grants manager.
SCG supports projects that:
-Showcase international artist(s) from outside of the U.S. within the District of Columbia to present or exhibit work that enriches the arts and humanities fabric of the District of Columbia; and/or,
-Showcase District of Columbia artists outside of the U.S. to present, perform or exhibit their work, and promote the District as a world class cultural capital.
Successful SCG Applications:
Successful SCG applicants:
-Provide opportunities for artistic collaboration, engagement and/or performance between District of Columbia-based artists and international participants.
-Avoid projects that feature “one-sided” impact or activities. Project should impact audience and participants in the District of Columbia and internationally.
-Consider relationships and collaborations with the potential to endure beyond the program.
-Demonstrate awareness of cultural climate in partner location(s).
-Demonstrate a significant cultural exchange between the application and partner location(s).
-Clearly explain applicant background, subject area expertise and project objectives.
-Demonstrates appropriate budget for traveler per diems, airfare and lodging.
-Demonstrate adherence to SCG Safety Policy Procedures (starting on page 14).
Allowable Costs and Funding Restrictions:
As an agency of the Government of the District of Columbia, CAH ensures that its grantmaking funds are expended in a fiscally responsible manner. CAH grant-related “allowable costs” are those costs the District Government (through its subordinate agency, CAH) has determined to be valid expenditures.
Examples of “Allowable Costs” related to the SCG:
-Project activities that take place within city limits of the Sister City or District of Columbia (if the application involves bringing someone from the Sister City to District of Columbia);
-Travel and transportation directly related to project implementation;
-Airfare equivalent to economy class rates;
-Lodging and per diem (http://aoprals.state.gov/web920/per_diem.asp);
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-Space rental and fees;
-Materials and supplies directly related to project implementation;
-Equipment purchases that equal up to 25% of the grant award, which are directly related to project
-Overhead, maintenance and administration not exceeding 35% of the grant and match.
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access:
CAH believes that all District residents should be able to access arts and humanities experiences for their benefit. To facilitate this vision, CAH has adopted a cultural equity policy known as I.D.E.A. (inclusion, diversity, equity, access). By incorporating I.D.E.A. across grants programs, CAH seeks to help grantees develop programs that are inclusive of diverse populations and provide equitable accessibility to those populations.
In addition to detailed plans for its compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (42 U.S.C. §§ 12101 et seq.), each applicant must demonstrate how the project will be inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible throughout the District of Columbia, beyond participants with disabilities. Successful applications will consider a broad definition of “accessibility” by addressing financial, geographic, demographic, cultural and developmental access.
GrantWatch ID#: 131711
Organizations may request up to $30,000. Individuals may request up to $20,000.
Grants funds are applicable only to CAH’s Fiscal Year 2019, which occurs from October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019.
Grant Eligibility and Restrictions:
-Applicants are prohibited from submitting SCG applications for projects that feature temporary or permanent public art projects. For public art projects, review the Public Art Building Communities (PABC) grant program for more information (which restricts public art to placement in the District of Columbia).
-Applicants are prohibited from submitting SCG applications for projects that provide activities exclusively for or with youth. For projects to provide activities for children or youth, review the Arts and Humanities Education Projects (AHEP) or East of the River (EOR) grant program guidelines for more information (which restrict activities for youth to take place in the District of Columbia).
-Eligible projects for individuals are projects that work independently of the applicant’s affiliated organization. Individuals who are staff of a non-profit organization are prohibited from submitting a SCG application to fund projects that are part of that organization's programming.
Individuals who are staff or proprietors of a for-profit company are prohibited from submitting and SCG application to fund projects that are a product or service of that company.
Eligibility Requirements of Individuals:
-Be arts and humanities practitioners (e.g., presenters, producers and educators), aged 18 or older;
-Be legal District of Columbia residents for at least one year prior to the application deadline and must maintain residency during the entire grant period (proof of residency is required);
-Have a permanent District of Columbia address as listed on proper identification or tax returns. Post Office boxes may not be used as a primary address;
-Be in good standing with CAH. Applicants with incomplete or delinquent reports, in any funding program, as of October 15, 2018, are ineligible to receive an additional award from CAH in FY 2019
-Demonstrate that any arts or humanities professionals traveling to or from DC are aged 18 and older;
-Abstain from any use of secondary party that acts on an individual’s behalf (“fiscal agent”) in the performance and execution of financial duties; and,
-Attend a mandatory orientation (virtual option will be available) for all selected (time and location TBD based on grantee availability).
Eligibility Requirements of Organizations:
-Have the primary mission focus in one or more of the following areas: dance, design, folk and traditional arts, literature, media arts, music, theatre and visual arts such that its total activities and/or services are concentrated on and devoted to the arts and humanities and/or arts education;
-Be incorporated as a nonprofit with a federally designated tax exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) code, as evidenced by an IRS determination letter that is dated at least one year prior to the application deadline date;
-Demonstrate that one hundred percent (100%) of the project deliverables occur within the District of Columbia and/or a sister city of the District of Columbia;
-Register and comply with the regulatory requirements of the following agencies: 1) District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) - Corporations Division (indicating an “active” business license status at the time of application, and agreeing to maintain such status throughout the grant period); 2) District of Columbia Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR); 3) District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES); and 4) United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS);
-Obtain a certification of “Citywide Clean Hands” (CCH) from the District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue (see page 12);
-Be in good standing with CAH. (Note that applicants with incomplete or delinquent reports from any prior funding program, as of October 15, 2018, are ineligible to receive additional funds from CAH in FY 2019);
-Be headquartered and have a principal office that is located in the District of Columbia, as demonstrated by the address on the organization’s official IRS Form 990. (Note: CAH will not allow post office boxes and the addresses of a board member or volunteers as evidence of the primary business address);
-Have a demonstrated understanding of and considerations for safety policies and recommendations outlined in Safety Policy and Procedures; and,
-Attend a mandatory orientation (virtual option will be available) for all selected (time and location TBD based on grantee availability).
Applicant Restrictions (non-eligibility):
-Individuals and organizations that require “fiscal agents”;
-For-profit (commercial) entities;
-Tax-exempt organizations other than 501(c)(3) designated entities;
-Colleges or universities;
-District of Columbia Government and Federal Government agencies, including DC Public Schools;
-Organizations established primarily to provide social services, even if those organizations use the arts, humanities and arts education programs as a vehicle for service delivery; and,
-Applicants submitting an application whose content is combined with the application of another organization. Proposed projects must be “stand-alone” projects.
For festival requests, applicants must also meet the following eligibility requirements:
-Festival events and programs must be publicly advertised and open to the general public;
-The festival may not be a block party, fundraiser or charity benefit;
-Funding may be used for project expenses only, which includes support for salaries and operations directly related to the festival events and programs. Funding may not be used for food, beverages, capital costs, building renovations/improvements, cash prizes, gifts, security, items for sale (for example, t-shirts and posters) or any operational costs associated with the administrative office (such as staff salaries, office rent and utilities, office equipment, office supplies, etc.). Be sure to include these items in the project budget, where applicable.
Examples of “Unallowable Costs” related to the SCG:
-Project activities that take place outside of the city limits of the Sister City or District of Columbia (if the application involves bringing someone from the Sister City to District of Columbia);
-Overhead, maintenance and administration exceeding 35% of the grant and match;
-Food and beverages not included in the per diem;
-First class airfare;
-Tuition, awards, and scholarships;
-Travel or participation of anyone under the age of 18;
-Costs related to fundraisers and special events;
-Equipment purchases that exceed 25% of the grant award;
-Travel not directly related to the execution of the project;
-Projects or events that are commercial in nature or in which the arts and humanities are not the primary focus (e.g., sidewalk sales, food festivals, firework displays, etc.); and,
-College tuition or to fund universities, service organizations, foreign governments, or District of Columbia government agencies, including District of Columbia Public Schools.
The Sister Cities Grant program manager reviews and approves all expenses before the grant agreement is processed for payment. Grantees with questions regarding allowable costs may contact CAH’s grant program manager. The grantee will be responsible for demonstrating the cash match expenses in the interim and final reports.
Technical Assistance and Workshops:
CAH staff members are available to assist grant applicants through group or individual technical assistance. CAH staff members will not write applications for applicants. However, CAH staff members are available by appointment (up to thirty (30) minutes) to review application drafts on government business days from application release date through one (1) week prior to the grant application deadline. Applicants may contact CAH at (202) 724-5613 to schedule an application review meeting.
Applicants may contact CAH at (202) 724-5613 to schedule an application review meeting.
CAH conducts free workshops for participants to learn useful information about the agency’s funding opportunities and how to submit a grant application. Workshop dates, times and locations listed below are subject to change. All workshops are free and open to the public; however, participants are strongly encouraged to register to attend the workshop. Valid photographic identification is required to enter DC government offices.
Click on this link to view the workshop calendar:
On Fridays during the application window, grants staff will be available for online Livechats, may be accessed by visiting https://dcarts.dc.gov/livechat.
Individuals are not required to match grant funds. Organizations have a 1:1 cash match requirement designed to assist an organization’s fundraising by leveraging funding from additional private fund sources.In-kind contributions, CAH or other District Government funds may not be used to satisfy the match requirements of this grant by grantees.
CAH utilizes an online grant portal to receive grant applications. All applications must be submitted online by 4:00 pm ET, Friday, June 15, 2018.
CAH will notify applicants of this grant program as to the results of their application by Monday, October 1, 2018 via (1) letter of conditional grant award, (2) letter of intention to award, (3) letter of ineligibility or (4) letter of denial.
-Release Date: Monday, April 30, 2018
-Application Deadline: Friday, June 15, 2018 at 4:00 pm ET
-Grant Period: October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Government of the District of Columbia
Commission on the Arts and Humanities
200 I (Eye) Street, SE, Suite 1400
Washington, DC 20003
RFA ID: FY18.SCG
USA: Washington, DC