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FY19 Art Bank Program (ABP)

Grants to Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC Art Galleries and Artists in
the Washington DC Metro Area to Acquire Artwork for Public Display

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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

Conf. Date:

05/25/18

Deadline Date:

07/20/18 4:00 PM EDT

Description:

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Grants to Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia arts galleries, organizations, and artists in the Washington, DC metropolitan area to acquire fine artwork for the funding source's collection. The collection is used to loan pieces to local agencies for display in public areas and offices of government buildings.

Grant applications are solicited from qualified artists and galleries/organizations representing metropolitan area artists for the acquisition of works of fine art into the District of Columbia’s Art Bank Collection.

CAH is seeking to make awards for the acquisition of original two- and three-dimensional works of art including, but not limited to, paintings, drawings, mixed media, prints, photographs, fabric art, ceramics, and sculpture.

By making its ABP awards, CAH endeavors to meet the following goals, and an applicant’s submission should offer consideration to these goals:

- Provide support, exposure and professional benefit for visual artists residing in the District of Columbia metropolitan area.
- Grow the District’s collection of fine art as reflective of the local art history and the composition of interconnected contributions from metropolitan arts communities.
- Enhance the aesthetic experience for District employees and visitors that access District of Columbia government buildings and public space.

Each individual applicant is allowed to submit up to five (5) works of art for consideration. Art galleries are allowed to submit up to ten (10) works of art from any combination of two (2) or more metropolitan area artists. Applicants are allowed to submit artwork(s) in a series. However, each artwork within a series will be counted individually as part of the allowable maximum for portfolio submission from individual artists (five) and art galleries (ten).

- Artwork must be created within the last five (5) years;
- Artwork must be composed of archival materials;
- Artwork shall not exceed ninety-six (96) inches in any direction;
- The overall weight of artwork shall not exceed 100 lbs.
- All artwork submitted must be available for acquisition at the time of submission.
- Artwork submitted for consideration by galleries must be from artists who meet all individual
eligibility requirements below.
- A discount of 30% may be requested for artwork(s) having retail price(s) exceeding $5,000.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183570

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award amounts are variable.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is from October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Individuals may apply if they meet all of the following eligibility requirements at the time of application. Applicants must:

- Be legal residents of the Washington, DC metropolitan area, within a 50-mile radius, for at least one (1) year prior to the application deadline. Individuals must intend to maintain primary residency during the entire funding period (October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019);
- Be an artists, artist representative, and/or arts professional (e.g. gallery owners, art organization administrators, art educators, estate representative), aged 18 or older;
- Have a permanent DC, MD, or VA address, as listed on government issued identification or tax
returns. The address provided on all application materials must match exactly the address provided on the submitted IRS W-9 form. Post office boxes may not be used as a primary address;
- Be in good standing with CAH, which is demonstrated by the applicant’s complete or non-delinquent reporting due to CAH from any prior CAH funding program, as of 4:00 pm on Monday, October 15, 2018. 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 2019; and,
- Abstain from any use of a secondary party that acts on its behalf (“fiscal agent”) in the performance and execution of financial duties.

Galleries and Arts Organizations may apply if they meet all of the following eligibility requirements at the time of application. Applicants must:

- Be registered and/or incorporated in the District of Columbia as an arts organization or gallery, representing artists living within the metropolitan area within a 50-mile radius;
- Assign an administrative representative to complete the application and serve as the sole point of contact (e.g. gallery owners, art organization administrators, estate representative), aged 18 or older;
- Have a permanent DC address, as listed on government issued identification or tax returns. The address provided on all application materials must match exactly the address provided on the submitted IRS W-9 form. Post office boxes may not be used as a primary address;
- Be in good standing with CAH, which is demonstrated by the applicant’s complete or non-delinquent reporting due to CAH from any prior CAH funding program, as of 4:00 PM on Monday, October 15, 2018. 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 2019; and,
- Abstain from any use of a secondary party that acts on its behalf (“fiscal agent”) in the performance and execution of financial duties.
- Not be colleges, universities, service organizations, foreign governments or other DC Government or Federal Government agencies, including DC Public Schools;

There are no funding restrictions on art acquisition grants. Applicants may receive funds from multiple grant programs outside of the Art Bank Collection during the same fiscal year.

In addition to detailed plans for its compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (42 U.S.C. §§ 12101 et seq.), each applicant must demonstrate how the project will be inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible throughout the District of Columbia, beyond participants with disabilities. Successful applications will consider a broad definition of “accessibility” by addressing financial, geographic, demographic, cultural and developmental access.

There are a number of expenses that may not be charged to CAH grants. Unallowable costs for all CAH grants include:

- Food and beverages;
- Re-granting (also known as ”sub-granting”);
- Tuition and scholarships;
- Costs related to fundraisers, special events and lobbying; and,
- Costs not directly related to the execution of funded projects.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Live Chat with CAH Grants Specialist

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) will hold a series of live chat sessions with the grants team to assist with completion of the all grant program applications.

- Friday, May 0 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm: All Open Grants
- Friday, May 11 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm: All Open Grants
- Friday, May 18 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm: All Open Grants
- Friday, May 25 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm: All Open Grants

See here for more details and for links to listen to each session: https://dcarts.dc.gov/livechat

Workshop calendar may be found here: https://dcarts.dc.gov/node/408112

Pre-Application Information:

All applications must be submitted online by 4:00 pm EDT, Friday, July 20, 2018.

Calendar of Key Dates:

- Call to Artists Released: Monday, April 30, 2018
- Submission Deadline: Friday, July 20, 2018 at 4:00 pm ET
- First Round Panel to Select Finalist Works Thursday August 30 and Friday, August 31, 2018
- Notifications Made to Applicants of Finalist Selections: Friday, September 7, 2018
- Final Round Panel to Select FY19 Acquisitions: Tuesday October 2 and Wednesday October 3, 2018
- Notifications of Final Selections Made to Artists: Friday, October 26, 2018

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 by phone to schedule an application review meeting.

For interested applicants, one-on-one consultation appointments can be scheduled to discuss prospective submissions. To schedule, please contact Zoma Wallace by email.

Guide to grants: https://dcarts.dc.gov/node/1154095

Contact Information:

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

Register for the online application portal: https://www.gdg.do/prod1/portal/portal.jsp?c=4193775&p=6947885&g=6947905

Zoma Wallace
zoma.wallace@dc.gov
(202) 724-5613

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

Grant Coverage Areas:

Washington, DC metropolitan area, within a 50-mile radius

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland;   Virginia;   Washington, DC