REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS ARTS AND HUMANITIES music, theatre, visual arts, as well as other emerging

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      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.     Funding Requests  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  application.     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 | 



    AHFP Overview  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  community.     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  Grant Period.    Grants are competitive and applications will be organized for review in cohorts listed under the  program description.     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 

    humanities practitioners. 

      Cash-Match Requirement  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                      materials, etc.).

    Eligibility Requirements   Prior to submitting applications, applicants must meet all of the following eligibility                        requirements:    

    ● 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                          is required); 

    ● 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);                            and 

    ● 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  beverages.     

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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​​ under ​Grant Writing Assistance​, or by calling CAH at  202-724-5613.    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: