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Color the Curb (CTC)

Grants to Washington, DC Artists and Design
Professionals for Public Art Projects

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

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Deadline Date:

07/23/21 11:59 PM ET


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Grants of $7,500 to Washington, DC artists and design professionals for public art projects. Funding is intended to support artwork displays at intersections throughout the district. Artists will design and install a 1,200 square foot ground mural at the intersection. The goal of the program is to transform intersections into works of art that increase the safety and visibility of pedestrians while adding visual interest to the area. CAH has placed increased focus on utilizing an Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (I.D.E.A.) lens in its grantmaking, with the goal of creating a more equitable arts and humanities landscape in the District.

Grant Program Goals:

  • Elevate the importance of safe intersections for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists
  • Celebrate the culture, spirit, and history of the District
  • Create a public canvas that features the artwork of District artists and/or graphic designers

Project Specifications:

Finished curb extensions will celebrate the history, culture, and spirit of the District. Selected artists/artist teams will be assigned to one intersection. Applicants may submit concept designs for a specific intersection, but CAH and DDOT will make the final pairings. . The intersections are:

  • 6th Street NW & O Street NW – this is a larger intersection and two applicants will be selected
  • 15th Street NW & Swann Street NW
  • R Street NW & 9th Street NW
  • Clifton Street NW & 11th Street NW

The project assumes the artwork will cover 1,200 square feet per intersection.

DDOT will provide the following to the selected artists/artist teams:

  • Guidance about modifying artwork designs to fit the technical specifications of the intersection.
  • Technical assistance and guidance for pre-install site prep, installation, and finalizing/sealing the painted designs on asphalt
  • Provide guidance for artists through the public space permitting process, including waiving fees and reviewing artwork.
  • Provide closed roadway space at the locations for installation of artwork.

Artists/Artist Teams are responsible for the following:

  • All artist fees and costs associated with design, materials and supplies, equipment rental, fabrication, site preparation, mural protective coating
    • Site preparation, insurance, and installation
    • Surface preparation, including power wash and degrease. 
    • Paint (primer and colors), materials/supplies for painting, and installation
    • Surface sealant material and installation
  • General Liability Insurance
  • Completing the project by September 25, 2021.

Design Requirements can be found at

Allowable Costs can be found at

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 197199

Number of Grants:

Up to five (5) awards may be made under this Request for Applications (RFA).

Estimated Size of Grant:

Amount: $7,500

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Individual Artists or Artist Teams must (at the time of application):
- Be 18 years of age or older;
- Be a legal District of Columbia resident for at least one (1) year prior to the application deadline, and must intend to maintain primary residency in the District during the entire funding period (October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021);
- Have a permanent District of Columbia address, as listed on government-issued identification or tax returns. Post office boxes may not be used as a permanent address;
- Be in good standing with CAH and DDOT;
- Demonstrate experience or interest in working with community members to create public art; and
- Demonstrate experience working with exterior murals and/or surface painting

Artist Teams must identify a lead artist. Teams may only consist of two (2) artists, with both artists meeting all eligibility requirements listed above at the time of application.

Applicants restricted from applying include:
- Artist Teams with artists who reside outside of the District;
- Individuals that require "fiscal agents";
- Organizational entities, including, but not limited to non-profit or tax-exempt organizations; for-profit (commercial) businesses, ventures, or joint ventures; 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.

Unallowable Costs can be found at

Pre-proposal Conference:

Register for a Live Chat on Thursday, July 15, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm ET:

Pre-Application Information:

- RFA/Call to Artists Released: Monday, June 28, 2021
- Grant Submission Portal Open: Monday, June 28, 2021
- Submission Deadline: Friday, July 23, 2021, at 11:59 pm ET
- Technical assistance available until 4:30 pm ET on due date.
- Panelist Convening to Recommend Finalists: July 24–August 2, 2021
- Notifications Made to Applicants On or about Friday, August 13, 2021
- Work with DDOT to Finalize Design: August 2021
- Granting Funding Disbursements: August 2021
- Fabrication and Installation: September 1–25, 2021

Applicants may submit one (1) Color the Curb application.

CAH staff is available for technical application assistance and are available to review draft applications for thirty (30) minute appointments on government business days up to one (1) week before the grant application deadline. Staff members do not write applications for applicants.

To schedule an individual technical assistance meeting, please contact Lauren Wilson. Please note that CAH requests the applicant to prepare and deliver their complete draft application (by email) proposal along with any questions in advance of scheduling a meeting for assistance.

Staff is available for technical assistance until 4:30 pm ET on the grant program's deadline date.

CAH does not accept mailed, emailed, or hand-delivered copies of grant applications and/or the required attachments. CAH will accept reasonable accommodation requests from applicants with disabilities in advance of the application due date to assist them in submitting 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.

Apply Online:

Lauren Wilson
Public Art Grant Program Specialist

To request a reasonable accommodation, contact Travis Marcus at and
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