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FY19 Facilities and Buildings (FAB) Planning Grant

Grants to Washington, DC Arts and Humanities
Nonprofits to Plan Building Renovations

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

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07/27/18 4:00 PM ET


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Grants to Washington, DC nonprofit organizations for the planning of capital projects related to arts and humanities venues. Applicants are required to attend an in-person or online workshop prior to applying; sessions are available throughout May, June, and July. Applications are invited from qualified organizations that own, rent, or intend to own or rent facilities designed for the management, production, or presentation of performances, exhibitions or professional training in the arts or humanities.

The Facilities and Buildings grant provides capital support to help ensure high quality physical places for the arts and humanities organizations that make up the cultural fabric of the District by:
-Promoting sound structures, systems and infrastructures to protect constituents and collections, while offering high quality venues for arts and humanities programs;
-Mitigating the risk of displacement for small-to-medium-sized organizations; and,
-Fostering cultural democracy and promoting access for all residents.

By making its FAB Planning Grant awards, CAH endeavors to ensure that:
-All organizations can receive professional guidance for purchase and renovation projects, regardless of size or access to resources;
-Large-scale projects receive the benefit of high-quality, thoughtful design processes that involve constituents; and,
-Cultural facilities and the organizations that operate them achieve long-term stability through development and implementation of master facilities plans.

Please note that receipt of a planning grant is not a commitment of likelihood of future CAH funding for the planned project.

Examples of allowable costs for the FAB Planning Grant:
-Consultants’ fees, travel and expenses to develop plans for capital projects, such as: o Master facility plan; feasibility study; architects’ plans; business plan; and, capital campaign planning.
-Direct costs associated with developing or producing the plan, for example: Editing services; advertising for community engagement sessions; venue rental for charrettes; and printing services.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181368

Term of Contract:

The grant period is from October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019. CAH restricts a grantee’s grant-funded activity expenses that are beyond the grant period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Requirements of Applicants:

FAB Specific:
-Attend a CAH Facilities and Buildings workshop—either in-person or online;
-Be applying for planning for a facility that is (or will be) designed for the management, production, or presentation of performances, exhibitions or professional training in the arts or humanities; and
-Be applying for a facility that is either already ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant, or applying for a project that will help bring it into compliance.

Examples of “Unallowable Costs” Related to the FAB Planning Grant:
-Continuation of projects previously funded through a previous Facilities and Buildings grant;
-Re-granting (also known as “sub-granting”);
-Overhead, maintenance and administration exceeding thirty-five percent (35%) of the grant and cash-match;
-Food and beverages;
-Operational reserves;
-Tuition and scholarships;
-Debt reduction;
-Costs related to fundraisers and special events;
-Equipment expenses that exceed twenty-five percent (25%) of the grant award;
-Expenses unrelated to the execution of the project; and,
-Funding to universities, foreign governments or DC government agencies, including DCPS.

CAH Specific:
-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;
-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 certification of “Citywide Clean Hands” (CCH) from the District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue (see page 11);
-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); and,
-Have a principal business office address that is located in the District of Columbia, subject to on-site visit. (Note: CAH will not allow post office boxes or the addresses of a board member or volunteer as evidence of the principal business address).

Applicant Restrictions (non-eligibility):
-Organizations that require “fiscal agents”;
-For-profit (commercial) entities;
-Tax-Exempt organizations other than 501(c)(3) designated entities;
-Private foundations;
-Political organizations;
-Foreign governments;
-Colleges or universities; and,
-District of Columbia Government or Federal Government agencies, including DC Public Schools; and
-Organizations submitting an application whose content is combined with the application of another 
organization. Proposed projects must be “stand-alone” projects. 

Pre-proposal Conference:

Attendance at one FAB workshop, either in person or online, is mandatory.

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.

CAH conducts free workshops for participants to learn useful information about the agency’s funding opportunities and how to submit a grant application. Attendance at one FAB workshop, either in- person or online, is mandatory. 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.

Workshop calendar may be found at

The DataArts Funder Report is required for the Facilities and Buildings application.

First-time applicants are encouraged to learn the basics of DataArts by participating in the webinar for an orientation to the DataArts platform. The orientation will walk applicants through the process of completing their profile, applying to participating grantmakers and generating profiles. This orientation is recommended for organizations that are new to entering data into the DataArts system, or as a refresher on using the website. If you have any questions about entering your data, please contact the DataArts Support Center. The Support Center is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am - 8:00 pm ET, and can be reached at 877-707-3282 or

To learn more about DataArts, visit this link to view additional videos and previously recorded training webinars:

Pre-Application Information:

Organizations may request up to 50% of their project budget.

The FAB grant has 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 requirement 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, July 27, 2018.

CAH will notify applicants of this grant program as to the results of their application by Monday, October 1, 2018

-Release Date: Monday, April 30, 2018
-Application Deadline: Friday, July 27, 2018 at 4:00 pm ET
-Grant Period: October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019

Contact Information:

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

Benjamen Douglas

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

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USA: Washington, DC