The deadlines for 2016 grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities begin in May 2015. The qualifications for applying for DCCAH grants are:
- Be artists or arts professionals (e.g., presenters, producers and educators), aged 18 or older;
- Be legal DC residents for at least one year prior to the application deadline and must maintain residency during the entire grant period;
- Have a permanent DC address, as listed on proper identification or tax returns. PO Boxes may not be used as a primary address; and
- Be in good standing with DCCAH. Applicants with incomplete or delinquent reports, in any funding program, as of October 15, 2015 are ineligible to receive an additional award from DCCAH in FY2016.
There are 4 categories for grants that may be of interest to AU students and faculty:
Artist Fellowship Program (AFP) – Supports individual artists in any artistic medium who significantly contribute to the arts and substantively impact the lives of District of Columbia residents through artistic excellence. Maximum Award: $10,000 –(No required match of funds)Artists who receive the Fellowships may use the funds as they want in order to create their art.
City Arts Projects (CAP) – Organization – Supports projects and festivals developed by organizations to promote arts and humanities activities to DC residents. Maximum Award: $50,000 –(1:1 Match of funds)
City Arts Projects (CAP) – Individuals – Supports projects and festivals developed by individual artists to promote arts and humanities activities to DC residents. Maximum Award: $10,000 – Individual (No required match of funds)
Examples of a CAP individual and/or organization project might be:
- Hire musicians as back-up your poetry reading and as you record in a studio.
- Develop creative writing workshops for adults in the AU and DC communities.
- Hold a series of readings and discussions with writers that are open and advertised to the public.
Art Education Program (AEP) – Supports in-school and out-of-school-time arts and humanities programs for children and youth in pre-school through high school settings. The grant also supports programs that teach educators about using the arts and humanities in the classroom. Maximum Award: $50,000 — (1:1 Match of funds)
For more information about each of these grants, visit DCCAH at http://dcarts.dc.gov/page/current-funding-opportunities.
Mary Hanley is a staff writer for Café Americain and a first-year candidate in American University’s Creative Writing MFA program.