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FY22 Facilities and Buildings (FAB) Grant Program

Grants to Washington, DC Arts and Humanities
Nonprofits for Capital Expenditures

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DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH)

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06/25/21 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to Washington, DC nonprofit arts and humanities organizations for capital expenditures. Some applicants are required to attend a workshop prior to submitting a proposal. Eligible project types include planning and design, short-term facility projects, and long-term facility projects.

The Facilities and Buildings (FAB) grant supports qualified non-profit arts, humanities, arts education, and arts or humanities service organizations that own or rent facilities, intend to own or rent facilities, or seek permanent property, technology, or equipment designed for training, management, production, or presentation of performances or exhibitions of the arts or humanities.

By making its FAB grant awards, CAH endeavors to meet the following goals:

  • Promote the stability, sustainable growth, and longevity of the District’s arts and humanities organizations;
  • Strengthen structures, systems, and infrastructure for arts and humanities organizations, their constituents, and their collections;
  • Enable and ensure access to high-quality physical spaces and equipment for the District’s arts and humanities;
  • Reduce the risk of organizational displacement; and
  • Foster and promote arts and humanities access for all District residents.

The FAB grant program provides support for the following types of projects. Before choosing, applicants should carefully consider each type’s eligibility requirements:

  1. Planning Projects
    • Primarily for organizations seeking support for design or other preliminary aspects of projects that increase capacity.
    • Typical projects have included master facility plans, feasibility studies, architectural designs, and other cultural facilities projects benefiting from outside guidance.
  2. Short-Term Facility Projects
    • Eligible organizations must rent or own their spaces, or maintain other verified exclusive use of a space.
    • At the time of application, applicant organizations must possess at least one (1) remaining year on their lease (or similar) agreement.
    • Typical projects have included the acquisition of portable equipment, transition costs with new database systems, expansion of digital infrastructure, and PPE.
  3.  Long-Term Facility Projects
    • Eligible organizations must own their facility or have greater than seven (7) years remaining on their lease at the time of application. (This criteria does not apply to organizations applying to purchase a new facility.)
    • Typical projects have included building purchases, HVAC renovations, shell repair (roof, foundation, doors and windows), fixed equipment (production, flooring, elevators), repairs, renovations, and new construction.

In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, applicants may request funding for certain types of personal protective equipment (PPE) and/or public health-related plans.

For examples of allowable costs, see the following link:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 192915

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum FAB awards for a new facility purchase are $500,000. Maximum FAB awards for other eligible projects are $250,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant award funds must be spent within CAH’s Fiscal Year 2022 (October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Prior to submitting applications, applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:
- 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;
- Be registered with, and authorized to do business in, the District as either a “Domestic” entity (that is, an entity that was incorporated in the District) or a “Foreign” entity (that is, an entity that was incorporated in another state);
- Ensure that at least fifty-one percent (51%) of the organization’s activities occur within the District of Columbia;
- Ensure that one hundred percent (100%) of the grant award dollars are used to support District of Columbia programming, inclusive of direct and indirect costs;
- Have an active Board of Directors;
- 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 Citywide Clean Hands- Page 13).
- Be in “good standing” with CAH. (Note: By the grant submission deadline, a CAH grant applicant who has failed to comply with all applicable CAH-related mandates (e.g., failed to submit to CAH required reports related to prior CAH funding), is not in “good standing” with CAH and, accordingly, is ineligible to receive additional funds from CAH in FY 2022); and
- Have a principal business office address that is located in the District of Columbia, subject to an on-site visit. (Note: CAH will not allow post office boxes or the addresses of board members or volunteers as evidence of the principal business address).

Applicants restricted from applying include:
- Arts and humanities organizations with a majority of their constituents who reside outside of the District of Columbia;
- Public charter schools and Parent Teacher Organizations/Associations;
- Private clubs and organizations that prohibit membership based upon race, gender, color, religion, or any other class identified in the District of Columbia Human Rights Act;
- Individuals;
- Organizations that require “fiscal agents”; for-profit organizations; private foundations; political organizations; colleges; universities; foreign governments; federal government entities; and other District of Columbia government agencies, including DC Public Schools;
- Applicants requesting or receiving funding for the same activities through more than one CAH program or grant category; and
- Organizations submitting an application whose content is combined with the application of another organization. Proposed projects must be “stand-alone” projects.

For examples of unallowable costs, see the following link:

Pre-proposal Conference:

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 and times are subject to change. All workshops are virtual, free, and open to the public; however, participants are strongly encouraged to RSVP.

Day and Date: Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Time: 10:00am - 11:30am
Topic: FY22 FAB applicant workshop*

Day and Date: Friday, June 4 2021
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Topic: General Grants Livechat virtual assistance

Day and Date: Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Topic: Webex Workshop

Day and Date: Friday, June 11, 2021
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Topic: General Grants Livechat virtual assistance

Day and Date: Monday, June 14, 2021
Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Topic: Webex Workshop

Day and Date: Friday, June 18, 2021
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Topic: General Grants Livechat virtual assistance

Attendance at a FAB workshop or Livechat is mandatory for applicants that have not received funding through the FAB program in FY20 or FY21.

Livechats may be accessed here:
Please register for workshops via Eventbrite:

More information:

Pre-Application Information:

All applications must be submitted online by 11:59 PM ET on Friday, June 25, 2021.

CAH will notify applicants of this grant program as to the results of their application by October 1, 2021 via (1) letter of intention to award, (2) letter of ineligibility, or (3) letter of denial.

CAH staff members are available to assist grant applicants through group or individual technical assistance. CAH staff members will not write applications for applicants. CAH 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.

There is no matching requirement for FAB grants in amounts of $100,000 or less. FAB grants in the amount of $100,001 or more require a 1:1 cash award match.

Neither in-kind contributions nor other District government funds may be used to satisfy the match requirement of this grant.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Applicants should contact CAH to schedule a meeting by calling 202-213-8848 or emailing

Applicants with disabilities can request a reasonable accommodation by contacting Travis Marcus at and await request approval.

Specific questions about the FAB grant can be referred to CAH staff member, Kevin Hasser at the email address listed above.

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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