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Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities Agency (GCAHA) Grants

Grants and Fellowships to Guam Nonprofits, IHEs, and Individuals
for Activities to Promote the Arts, Including in Response to COVID-19

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Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities Agency (GCAHA)

Deadline Date:

07/31/20 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Guam nonprofit organizations, IHEs, and individuals and fellowships of up to $3,000 to artists to promote the arts and humanities. Preferences include distance learning during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and social justice-focused art projects.

Grant categories:

1. General Operational Support Grants offer general, non-project-oriented support to Guam’s established arts organizations that have already developed a full range of programming and staff appropriate to their discipline. 

2. Project Grants - Project grants are available to incorporated non-profit organizations and individuals for specific Art-related projects in the following discipline areas: Art-in-Education, Performing Arts (theatre, dance, music), Visual Arts, Media Arts, Special Projects (humanities, community arts, literature, etc.), Folk Arts, and Underserved. 

3. Arts-in-Education Grants - places professional artists who work in various art forms in Guam’s educational institutions and other community-based settings for residencies. 

4. Individual Artists' Fellowships - seeks to recognize and encourage the creative development of professional artists by enabling them to set aside time to pursue their work.  A limited number of fellowships for creative artists are available in various disciplines. 

For more details on grant categories, see:

CAHA will accept grant applications outside of these areas but projects that fall within these grant lines will be given preference.

  • Arts & Humanities in Times of Crisis 
  • Keeping your distance 
  • Sustaining the Arts & Humanities 
  • Arts & Humanities, Identity and Social Justice 

For more information on grant projects, see:     

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 157447

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum grant amount request is $10,000.
The maximum amount for a fellowship is $3,000. Fellowships are available for:
- Emerging Professional (Career time requirement: 0-3 years) $ 500 – 1,000
- Individual Fellow (Career time requirement: 3-5 years) $1,500 – 2,000
- Distinguished Fellow (Career time requirement: 5 years+) $2,500 – 3,000

Term of Contract:

All grants are made on a yearly basis and new applications must be submitted each year. Projects must be completed by grantees within the fiscal period (October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021) unless extended by the Council.

Fellowship project period: October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants eligibility:

Organizations: Only organizations with a DUNS Number and at least one year’s experience in the activities for which funds are being requested are eligible to apply. All organization grants awarded by the GCAHA be limited to those organizations incorporated as a non-profit and tax exempt in nature.

Individuals: Individual applicants are also eligible, but must be a USA citizen or permanent resident and have resided in the Territory of Guam for at least six months. Applicants must have a demonstrated professional commitment to the arts.

Other: Other applicants may apply under the aegis, or “umbrella”, of a qualifying organization, which then becomes responsible for all fiscal and contractual agreements. Approval of the sponsoring organization must accompany the application.

Universities, colleges, and other educational institutions are eligible to apply for project support when:
- All events and services are open to the general public and easily accessible.
- Events and services are supplementary to the regular curriculum. GCAHA funds cannot be used to support projects involving classes or workshops for which college credit is given.
- GCAHA funds are not used to replace funds normally allocated for specific arts projects.

Not eligible:
- Building renovation, maintenance of facilities, or capital expenditures.
- Off-island travel.
- Purchase of permanent equipment.
- Projects completed prior to application.
- Replacement funds normally budgeted for the project.
- Tuition replacement for college/ university study in the USA and abroad.
- Scholarships.
- Deficits incurred from past activities.
- Entertainment or refreshments.
- Publications (GCAHA will only fund the creative portion of the project.)

To apply for and to retain a Fellowship, an applicant must:
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of Guam;
- Be a Guam resident for not less than three (3) years prior to the grant submission deadline and to maintain residency during the duration of the grant period;
- Be not less than 18 years of age;
- Not be a degree seeking student at the time of application or during the duration of the grant period;
- Not have received a Fellowship during the past two (2) years.

Pre-Application Information:

The grant cycle for FY 2021 has been delayed. As a result, grant materials will be posted online by 15 June 2020. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. on 31 July 2020. In lieu of the required person-to-person grant workshop, applicants will be able to complete an online quiz after watching a slide show.

All applicants must view the mandatory Grant Workshop Powerpoint slide show and complete the quiz to be eligible to receive a grant.

GCAHA support should be considered supplementary to the budget of any arts organization. The GCAHA encourages applicants to seek funding sources other than the GCAHA, showing strong financial commitment to the applicant and project by others.

CAHA will not accept any applications submitted via fax, email or applications that are missing required documentation.

Matching Requirement - All grants must be matched dollar for dollar by cash and/or in-kind contributions. A minimum cash match has been established for applicants as follows:

- Organizations: Awards to arts organizations must be matched in cash by not less than 20%.
- Individuals: Awards to individual applicants must be matched in cash by not less than 10%.
- Support Services: Upon approval of the GCAHA, support service grantees of the GCAHA may be exempted from contributing the required cash match.

Fellowships do not have a matching requirement.

In-kind contributions are allowed as a portion of the required match, and will be considered by the Council when reviewing applications as evidence of commitment to the applicant and project by others. In-kind contributions may be in the form of space, utilities, loan of equipment, or donation of professional services. In-kind contributions must be based on fair market value and/or prevailing wage, directly benefiting and specifically identifiable to the project or program.

Award payments to approved grantees will be made on a monthly and/or installment basis. However, grantees should be aware that they may have to wait as long as eight (8) weeks after processing before receiving the initial payment on their grant award.

Contact Information:

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

Mandatory grant quiz:

All applications must be submitted via email to

More information:
Phone: 300-1205-8
Fax: 300-1209

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA Territories: Guam (USA)

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