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FY20 Curatorial Grant Program (CGP) - Project-Based Grant

Grants to Washington, DC Individual Curators
for Visual Art Exhibitions for Public Audiences

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

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07/26/19 4:00 PM EDT


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Grants of up to $25,000 to Washington, DC artists and arts professionals with prior curatorial experience to develop and present visual art exhibitions. In addition to cash funding, this program provides access to a contemporary exhibition venue. The purpose of this award is to benefit District residents by presenting compelling exhibition concepts of resident curators.

CAH seeks grant applications from qualified individuals for exhibition proposals intended for CAH’s 200 I Street Galleries, lobby gallery located in the lobby of the 200 I (eye) Street, SE District-owned government building. Two (2) exhibition proposals will receive grants for curation and installation during FY19. This grant is competitive.

By making these Curatorial Grant awards, CAH endeavors to:

-Provide District of Columbia residents with an exhibition space of approximately 180 linear feet within a public building lobby retrofitted into a gallery space.
-Provide the opportunity for residents to develop innovative and educational art exhibitions for presentation in a government facility.
-Provide unique exhibitions and related programs for District residents.

For information on Successful CGP Applications, see the following link:

For gallery specifics including artwork specifications, installation and de-installation specifics, and gallery hours for public viewing of an exhibition, see the following link:

For examples of “Allowable Costs” related to the CGP Grant, see the following link:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182451

Estimated Size of Grant:

Individuals may request up to $25,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is from October 1, 2019, to September 30, 2020. Grant funds may not be used for activities or expenses that occur outside of the grant period.

Applicant may only submit one (1) proposal and must indicate which of the two exhibition dates (below) they are available. Applicant may indicate one or both periods.

Winter Exhibition: February 10 to March 20, 2020 (with installation from February 3 – 7, 2020 and de-installation from March 23 – 27, 2020).

Spring Exhibition: April 6 to May 15, 2020 (with installation from March 30 – April 3, 2020 and de-installation from May 18 – May 22, 2020).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Individuals must (at the time of application):
-Be artists or arts-related professionals (e.g., presenters, producers and educators), aged 18 or older with prior curatorial experience;
-Provide a valid government-issued identification or tax return to demonstrate evidence of legal residency in the District of Columbia of at least one (1) year prior to the application deadline. DC post office boxes are not acceptable as a primary address;
- Must maintain residency in the District of Columbia throughout the grant period; and,
- Be in good standing with CAH. Applicants with incomplete or delinquent reports from any prior funding program, as of October 18, 2019 (or otherwise as determined by CAH), are ineligible to receive additional funds from CAH in FY 2020.
- Obtain certification of “Citywide Clean Hands” (CCH) from the District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue (see page 12).

For exhibition requirements and parameters, and applicant restrictions see the following link:

For examples of “Unallowable Costs” Related to the CGP Grant, see the following link:

Pre-proposal Conference:

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. 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.

The next workshop will take place on Friday, July 12, from 2:30 – 3:30 pm.

Workshop calendar may be found here:

Pre-Application Information:

Application Release: Friday, May 3, 2019
Application Deadline: Friday, July 26, 2019 at 4:00 pm ET

NOTE: CAH encourages early application submission; the portal closes for entries PROMPTLY at the 4:00 PM deadline.

Applicants will be notified on Tuesday, October 1, 2019.

CAH does not accept mailed, emailed or hand-delivered copies of grant applications and/or their required attachments. However, CAH will accept reasonable accommodation requests from applicants with disabilities to submit grant applications via mail, email or hand-delivery

Contact Information:

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

Grant Application Portal:

Staff Contact:
Ron Humbertson, CCP Grant Manager

To request a reasonable accommodation, contact:
David Markey

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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