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FY 2021 Special Arts Initiative: Celebrate the Creative Spark!

Grants to Washington, DC Artists for Classroom
Arts Programming that Benefits Children and Youth

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DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH)

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04/09/21 11:59 PM


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Grants to Washington, DC individual teaching artists for programs and projects that develop creativity in children and youth in District schools. Funding is intended to support collaborative initiatives through which artists work with classrooms to engage students in process-driven arts activities to build their creative skills.

Each applicant submits a two-lesson residency (Unit Plan) targeting a specific age/grade grouping in their discipline. Applicants are asked to use the following central tenets of creativity as a guide when crafting their residency plans:

  • Originality: The statistical rarity of a student’s response to a prompt or idea;
  • Elaboration: The amount of detail in a student’s response to a prompt or idea; and
  • Fluency: The total number of interpretable, meaningful, and relevant ideas generated by a student in response to a stimulus.

By making Celebrate the Creative Spark! awards, CAH endeavors to:

  • Ensure that District children and youth are engaged in a diverse array of accessible arts and humanities education programming;
  • Reinforce the importance of including creative thinking as a critical component of an excellent education;
  • Develop the creative capacity of children and youth in the city; and
  • Provide participating teaching artists with the opportunity to build new relationships with public schools across all eight wards of the city.

Examples of allowable costs for Celebrate the Creative Spark!:

  • Artistic and administrative personnel salaries or wages;
  • Materials/supplies used for project planning and implementation;
  • Space rental and fees; and
  • Technical equipment and personnel associated with the project scope and delivery.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 195171

Term of Contract:

Award recipients must implement programming between Tuesday, June 1, 2021, and Friday, August 6, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

CAH solicits applications from qualified teaching artists.

Prior to submitting applications, teaching artists must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:
- Be arts and humanities professionals (e.g., presenters, producers, actors, visual artists, dancers, and educators), aged 18 or older;
- Be legal residents of the District of Columbia (District) for at least one (1) year prior to the application deadline and maintain residency in the District during the entire award period (proof of residency is required);
- Provide proof of District residency as listed on proper identification or tax returns. PO boxes may not be used as a primary address;
- Be in good standing with CAH and the District of Columbia Government. Applicants with incomplete or delinquent reports, in any funding program, as of Friday, April 9, 2021, are ineligible to receive an additional award from CAH in FY 2021;
- Abstain from any use of a secondary party that acts on an individual’s behalf (“fiscal agent”) in the performance and execution of financial duties;
- Register and comply with the regulatory requirements of the following agencies: 1. Procurement Center of Excellence (to be registered as a vendor in the PASS system with District Government; and 2. District of Columbia Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) (to obtain a clean hands certificate).
- Obtain certification of ”Citywide Clean Hands” (CCH) from the District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue.

Applicants restricted from applying include:
- Organizations; and
- Individuals legally resident in jurisdictions outside of the District of Columbia.

Examples of unallowable costs for Celebrate the Creative Spark!:
- Overhead, maintenance, and administration exceeding 35% of the award;
- Food and beverages;
- Tuition, awards, and scholarships;
- Re-granting;
- Debt reduction;
- Expenses not directly related to the execution of the project; and
- Temporary or permanent public art projects.

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021 (1:00 pm - 2:30 pm)
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Friday, April 2, 2021 (4:00 pm - 5:00 pm)
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Monday, April 5, 2021 (2:00 pm - 3:30 pm)
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Pre-Application Information:

The application will be released on Monday, March 29, 2021, and the deadline to apply is Friday, April 9, by 11:59 PM.

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 application deadline. Applicants should contact CAH to schedule a meeting by calling or via email to the grant managers. Please note that CAH requests the applicant prepare and deliver (by e-mail or via the online grants portal) their full draft application proposal along with any questions in advance of scheduling a meeting for agency staff assistance.

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

Apply online (from March 29):

Direct questions to Alorie Clark, Arts Learning Coordinator, at, or call 202-671-2304.

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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