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FY19 MuralsDC Graffiti and Aerosol Mural Artists

Grants to Washington, DC Graffiti Artists to
Install Murals in Designated Locations

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District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) and District of Columbia Department of Public Works (DPW)

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04/30/19 4:00 PM EDT Receipt


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Grants ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 to Washington, DC aerosol and graffiti artists to create murals in designated locations throughout the District. While applications may be accepted from international artists, preference will be given to artists from District. Applications are welcome from both individual artists and teams. In addition to installing the mural, the selected artists will work with local youth who are interested in graffiti art.

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH), in partnership with the DC Department of Public Works (DPW), seeks graffiti and aerosol mural artists and artist teams to design, create and install aerosol murals as part of the MuralsDC program. Selected artists will be expected to address designated youth (ages 14-18) to help them understand the art of aerosol graffiti mural painting and provide youth with opportunities to assist (site preparation and mural outlining).

The MuralsDC program was established to replace illegal graffiti with artistic works, revitalize sites within communities in the District of Columbia, and to teach young people the art of aerosol painting. This initiative aims to positively engage the District’s youth by teaching proper professional art techniques, providing supplies, and a legal means to practice and perform artistic skills in a way that promotes respect for public and private property and community awareness. There are currently more than eighty (80) MuralsDC projects across all eight wards of the District of Columbia.

MuralsDC Goals
-Illegal graffiti abatement
-Neighborhood enhancement and beautification
-Youth engagement and artistic education

Examples of Allowable Costs (valid expenditures) are, but not necessarily limited to:
-Artist Fees (no more than twenty percent [20%] of the project budget)
-Materials and supplies
-General Liability Insurance
-Fabrication and installation services
-Equipment Rentals and Permits
-Travel, accommodations and transportation directly related to project implementation
-Copyright registration

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183315

Estimated Size of Grant:

The budget for each mural may range from $10,000 to $25,000.

Term of Contract:

All murals must be completed by September 23, 2019, and final payment requests must be submitted by 4:00 pm, September 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This is an International Call for Graffiti and Aerosol Mural Art Artists and Artist Teams (selection preference will be given artists that are residents of the District of Columbia).

Artists must (at the time of application):
-Be eighteen (18) years of age or older;
-Be a U.S. Citizen or demonstrate the ability to legally work and enter into an agreement in the United States of America.
-Demonstrate graffiti and aerosol mural art experience;
-Be a practicing professional mural artist;
-Be in good standing with the MuralsDC program, CAH and DPW;
-Obtain a Citywide Clean Hands certification (see;
-Demonstrate ability to engage and instruct youth (ages 14-18) of varying skill levels that are interested in graffiti art (may include youth who are or have been justice-involved for illegal graffiti or “tagging”); and
-Have the skill level, capacity and ability to function as a Lead Artist.

Artist Teams must consist of only two (2) members, with both members meeting all of the eligibility requirements stated above at the time of application.

Applicants restricted from applying include:
-Artist Teams with more than two (2) members;
-Organizations established as 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(6) as identified by the US Internal Revenue Service code for tax extended organizations;
-Individuals and organizations that require “fiscal agents” and that are for-profit organizations; private foundations; political organizations; colleges or universities; foreign governments; federal government entities; and, other District of Columbia government agencies, including DC Public Schools and charter schools; and
-For profit (commercial) businesses, ventures or joint ventures.

Examples of Unallowable Costs:
-Sub-granting or re-granting of grant funds
-Tuition and scholarships
-Food or beverage expenses
-Capital expenses
-Expenses to obtain a U.S. visa
-Equipment purchases over five-hundred US dollars ($500.00)
-Costs related to special events, fundraisers, and lobbying
-Travel other than as noted above (see, “Examples of Allowable Expenses” above)

Pre-Application Information:

All materials must be received no later than Friday, April 30, 2019 at 4:00 PM (EDT). Applications are only accepted from the online application portal.

MuralsDC program staff members at CAH are available to assist applicants through technical assistance. Staff members do not write applications for applicants. MuralsDC staff members are available to review draft applications for thirty (30) minute appointments, on government business days up to one (1) week prior to the grant application deadline. Please note that CAH requests the applicant prepare and deliver (by e-mail) their full draft application proposal along with any questions in advance of scheduling a meeting for assistance.

Non-DC Resident Applicants are encouraged to start the process to obtain a clean hands certificate immediately. The process could take 7-10 business days to complete.

Final Roster Artists/Artist Teams will be notified of a decision via a conditional award email by Monday, May 6, 2019.

-April 5, 2019: Call for Graffiti Mural Artists Issued
-April 30, 2019 (4:00 PM EDT): Graffiti Mural Artists Deadline
-May 2019: Application Review, Roster /Semi-Finalist Selection Panel
-May 6, 2019: Final Artist Selections and Artist Notification
-May 2019: Site and Artist Assignments
-May-July 2019: Mural Concept Design Discussion and Approvals
-July 22, 2019: Final Approval of Mural Designs
-July-September 2019: Installation of Murals
-September 16-23, 2019: Mural Completion Inspections

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:

Keona Pearson, CAH Arts Program Coordinator

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington, DC