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FY18 Public Art Building Communities (PABC) - Project-Based Grant

Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits, Artists,
and Arts Professionals for Public Art Installations

GrantWatch ID#: 179396
Agency Type:

State

District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH)

10/20/17 4:00 PM EDT

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Grants to Washington, DC nonprofit organizations, artists, and arts professionals to design, fabricate, and install artwork in public spaces. The purpose of this program is to enhance local neighborhoods through the installation of permanent or temporary public artwork.

Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, sculpture, mosaics, artistic streetscape improvements, murals, paving patterns, video installations, custom benches, stained glass windows, artistic gates, arches or artistic railings. Performance art based projects, previously created works of art projects and projects that have previously received CAH or District Government funding are ineligible. Artwork projects must be installed onto locations that are freely accessible to the public.

Grant funds may be used for fees associated with the design, fabrication and installation of the artwork(s), and in the case of temporary artwork, the de-installation of the artwork, including: artist fees, project materials, insurance, engineering, shipping, fabrication and installation services, permits, copyright registration, licensing and media documentation.

Through explanation of materials, construction methods, and other life cycle means, permanent projects must demonstrate duration of at least five (5) years and temporary projects must demonstrate duration of less than five (5) years.

Public Art Building Communities Goals:
-Encourage the design, fabrication and installation of original quality public artworks within the District of Columbia by supporting DC resident artists’ design, fabrication and installation of quality public art.
-Provide community exposure to the public art process.
-Further the learning opportunities and encourage greater participation in local public art engagement.
-Promote culturally diverse, distinctive and dynamic artistic expression throughout the District of Columbia.

Successful PABC Applications:
-Present a visionary idea that represents a strategic departure from the applicant’s standard practices in order to create a transformative impact on the current public art and cultural life of the District of Columbia.
-Should be complete, with each question thoroughly answered and all mandatory documents and actions completed and satisfied prior to the submission of the application.
-Are comprehensive and address all aspects of design, fabrication and installation (and when appropriate de-installation) processes.
-Should detail the phase of a project or, if multiple phases are included the application, should explain information on all phases and clearly identify budget, project implementation and execution specifics to support a completed project.

Examples of allowable costs for Public Art Building Communities Grant:
-Artist fees/artistic personnel (not to exceed 20% of the project budget);
-Materials;
-Insurance;
-Engineering;
-Space rental;
-Shipping;
-Fabrication and installation services;
-Permits;
-Travel and transportation directly related to project implementation;
-Copyright registration;
-Plaque and dedication costs;
-Photographic documentation; and,
-Project implementation equipment purchases below or equal to $500.00

Individuals may apply for up to $50,000.

Organizations may apply for up to $100,000.

DC Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) may apply for up to $250,000.

The grant period for this grant program opportunity is from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018.

Individuals may apply having met the following eligibility requirements at the time of application. Individual PABC Grant Applicants must:
-Be artists or arts professionals (e.g., presenters, producers and educators), aged 18 or older;
-Be legal District of Columbia residents for at least one (1) year prior to the application deadline and must intend to maintain primary residency during the entire grant period (October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018);
-Have a permanent District of Columbia land address, as listed on legal identification and/or tax returns. Post office boxes cannot be used as a demonstration of the applicant’s primary address;
-Be in good standing with CAH, which is demonstrated by the applicant’s complete or non-delinquent reporting due to CAH from in any prior CAH funding program, as of 4:00 PM on October 16, 2017. Applicants in poor standing, are ineligible to apply and, therefore, receive any additional grant award (in any category of grant funding) from CAH in FY 2018; and
-Abstain from any use of a secondary party that acts on its behalf (“fiscal agent”) in the performance and execution of financial duties.

Organizations may apply if they meet all of the following eligibility requirements at the time of application. Applicants must:
-Be incorporated as a nonprofit, with a designated tax exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code or are a DC Business Improvement District (BID) incorporated with central offices in the District of Columbia;
-Have their Federal and DC tax exempt status (subject to DCRA verification) in good standing for one year prior to the application deadline;
-Be incorporated as an arts or cultural organization, with exhibition, presentation or training in the arts as its primary function, as documented within its mission statement, or a BID;
-Have principal offices that are located in the District of Columbia, as demonstrated by the address on the organization’s official 990 document. Post office boxes and the addresses of board members or volunteers may not be used as a primary business address;
-Have a demonstrated commitment to provide arts and/or humanities to the residents of Washington, DC.
-Demonstrate that at minimum fifty-one percent (51%) of scheduled arts or humanities activities occur within the District of Columbia;
-Be in good standing with CAH. Applicants with incomplete or delinquent reports, in any CAH funding program, as of October 15, 2017, are ineligible to receive an additional award from CAH in FY2018;
-Abstain from any use of secondary party that acts on its behalf (“fiscal agent”) in the performance and execution of financial duties.

Grant applicants may not be a college, university, service organization (BIDs exempted), foreign government or other DC government agency, including DC Public Schools.

Examples of unallowable costs for Public Art Building Communities Grant:
-Equipment purchases over five hundred US dollars ($500.00)
-Prefabricated or pre-existing artworks
-Project sustaining/maintaining equipment/technology purchases (projects must be self-sustaining);
-Food and beverages;
-Sub-granting or re-granting of funds from CAH;
-Tuition and scholarships;
-College tuition expenses; and,
-Funds that are provide to universities, service organizations, foreign governments, or District of Columbia government agencies, including DC Public Schools.
-Be in good standing with CAH. Applicants with incomplete or delinquent reports, in any CAH funding program, as of October 15, 2017, are ineligible to receive an additional award from CAH in FY2018;
-Abstain from any use of secondary party that acts on its behalf (“fiscal agent”) in the performance and execution of financial duties.

CAH staff members are available for thirty (30) minute appointments on government business days up to one (1) week prior to the grant application deadline. An applicant is permitted to contact CAH to schedule a meeting to review draft applications for technical assistance by calling Keona Pearson (see contact details below). Please note that CAH request the applicant prepare and deliver (by email) their full draft application proposal along with any questions in advance of scheduling a meeting for agency staff assistance.

A letter of support from the local Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC), in which the proposed project will be installed, is required from all applicants in this grant program. To obtain a letter of support, the applicant must request a hearing before the ANC to present the proposed project. As a means to promote public awareness to community members, applicants must distribute flyers to area businesses and residents within a three (3) block radius of the proposed project site announcing the ANC meeting date on which the applicant’s project will be heard.

Applicants must include with their PABC grant application a letter of support for the proposed project from the ANC following the meeting in which the proposed project was reviewed. Applicants are advised to plan early and contact the ANC for their meeting schedule and procedures.

Organizations that apply to receive PABC grant funds are required to demonstrate, at least, (1:1) ”dollar-for-dollar” cash match of funds for the proposed project. This “cash match” is designed to assist an organization’s fundraising by leveraging funding from additional sources. “In-kind” services may not be used to satisfy this match of funds requirement. Expenses must be contained within CAH’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 grant period (October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018).

Applicants submitting proposals as individuals are not required to demonstrate a match of funds, however if the proposed project budget exceeds the grant request, additional funding (revenue) sources must be demonstrated in the project’s budget materials and indicated as “secured” or “unsecured” with the revenue source explicitly noted.

The deadline to apply is Friday, October 20, 2017 at 4:00 PM EDT.

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

Apply Online:
https://www.gdg.do/prod1/portal/portal.jsp?c=4193775&p=6947885&g=6947905

Keona Pearson, Public Art Project Manager
202-724-5613
Keona.Pearson@dc.gov

Government of the District of Columbia
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
200 I Street, SE, Suite 1400
Washington, DC 20003

RFA ID: FY18.PABC.2

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