REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS
ARTS AND HUMANITIES FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
GENERAL SUPPORT GRANT | FY 2020 GUIDELINES
Application Release: Friday | May 3, 2019
Application Deadline: Friday | May 31, 2019 | 4:00pm
FY 2020 Funding
The grant period is from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020. Grant funds may not
be used for activities or expenses that occur outside of the grant period.
Individuals may receive up to $10,000 (Maximum Award). Only one (1) Arts and
Humanities Fellowship Program grant application may be submitted per grant cycle.
Applicants should read through these guidelines in their entirety prior to submitting an
Staff Contact: Refer to chart on page 12
Established in 1968, the Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) supports programs that
promote progress in the arts and humanities through grants, professional opportunities, and
other services to individuals and nonprofit organizations in all communities within the District of
Columbia. As the designated state arts agency for the District, CAH is an agency of the Planning
and Economic Development Cluster of the Executive Branch of the District government, and is
supported primarily through District government funds and in part by the National Endowment
for the Arts.
Government of the District of Columbia
Commission on the Arts and Humanities
200 I Street, SE, Suite 1400, Washington, DC 20003
202-724-5613 | dcarts.dc.gov
ARTS AND HUMANITIES FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM (AHFP)
GENERAL SUPPORT GRANT
The Arts and Humanities Fellowship Program (AHFP) seeks grant applications
from qualified individual artists and humanities practitioners who significantly
contribute to the District of Columbia as a world-class cultural capital. AHFP
recognizes the impact of individual artists and humanities practitioners within the
District and supports the vitality that those individuals bring to the local
CAH will award select applicants (“grantees”) a grant of funds to support the delivery of their
proposed program. Grant funds are applicable only to CAH’s Fiscal Year 2020 (“FY 2020”),
which occurs from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020, and which is referred to as the
“Grant Period” in this document. Grant award funds cover expenses made only within CAH’s
Grants are competitive and applications will be organized for review in cohorts listed under the
By making its AHFP grant awards, CAH endeavors to meet the following goals, and an
applicant’s submission should offer consideration to these goals:
● Encourage the contributions of individual artists and humanities practitioners to the
District. Highlight the professional accomplishments and creative excellence of artists
and humanities professionals residing in the District;
● Provide support to individuals who demonstrate exceptional creativity; and,
● Cultivate a city with a dynamic cultural sector and a large contingent of artists and
There is no matching requirement for the AHFP grant program.
Description of AHFP Grant Types
AHFP is not a project-based grant and applicants are not required to propose or complete a
particular project as part of the fellowship. Funds may be used for many types of expenses.
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AHFP is open to all arts and humanities disciplines in FY20. Arts and humanities disciplines may
include, but are not limited to: dance, design, folk and traditional arts, literature, media arts,
music, theatre, visual arts, as well as other emerging and experimental fields and
multi-disciplinary media. Established as well as emerging artists and humanities practitioners
are encouraged to apply.
Arts and Humanities Fellowship Program has no cash matching requirement. Funds must be
spent within CAH’s FY20 (October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020).
Successful AHFP Applications
Successful AHFP applications:
● Consider how the arts and/or humanities statement connects panelists to work samples.
● Focus on work that has already been created, not on work that has yet to be created.
● Avoid work samples which make it difficult for panelists to review the quality of the work
itself (e.g. low resolution images, audio with unintentional white noise, incomplete
Prior to submitting applications, applicants must meet all of the following eligibility
● Be legal District of Columbia resident for at least one (1) year prior to the application
deadline and must maintain residency during the entire grant period (proof of residency
● Be artists, arts professionals and/or humanities practitioners (e.g., presenters, producers
and educators), aged 18 or older;
● 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 primary address;
● Be in “good standing” with CAH. Note: a CAH grant applicant that has failed, as of May
3, 2019, 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 2020);
● Must not use fiscal agents.
Allowable Costs and Funding Restrictions
As an agency of the Government of the District of Columbia, CAH ensures that its grantmaking
funds are expended in a fiscally responsible manner. Unallowable costs include food and
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Individual applicants may receive funds from multiple grant programs. Please note that
payments may be taxable under the law. Each grant recipient should consult with a tax
professional to determine how payments may impact individual circumstances.
The AHFP grant program manager reviews and approves all expenses before the grant
agreement is processed for payment. Grantees with questions regarding allowable costs may
contact CAH’s grant program manager.
The grant period is from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020. CAH restricts a grantee’s
grant-funded activity expenses that are beyond the grant period.
Technical Assistance and Workshops
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.
Applicants should contact CAH to schedule a meeting by calling 202-724-5613. Please note
that CAH requests the applicant prepare and deliver (by email 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.
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, times and
locations listed below are subject to change. All workshops are free and open to the public;
however, participants are strongly encouraged to RSVP. Photo identification is required to
enter CAH offices. More information about the dates and times of these workshops may be
found at www.dcarts.dc.gov under Grant Writing Assistance, or by calling CAH at
Workshop dates, times and locations listed below are subject to change.
Day and Date Time Topic Location
Friday, May 3, 2019 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Live Chat Online
Saturday, May 4, 2019 10:00 am -11:30 am Grants Open Hours CAH
Thursday, May 9, 2019 11:30 am - 1:00 pm AHFP Workshop DCHR
Friday, May 10, 2019 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Live Chat Online
Thursday, May 16, 2019 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm AHFP Workshop Cleveland Library
Friday, May 17, 2019 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Live Chat Online
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Saturday, May 18, 2019 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Open Hours CAH
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm AHFP Workshop CAH
Friday, May 24, 2019 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Live Chat Medium
FY 2020 AHFP Workshops locations: