Tips & More Information About the DC Arts & Humanities Grants for 2016



Deadlines to apply for DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities grants for Financial Year 2016 are quickly approaching. For more information about these grants, see our post A Look at DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Grants, or check out the DCCAH web site. To help you get ready to apply for a DCCAH grant, we’ve put together a list of what you need to apply as an individual and a quick tip that’ll help you stand out as an applicant.

To apply for a DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities grant, you’ll need to have these materials ready:

  •  Work samples: Examples of your writing in the categories of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, playwriting and screen writing created within the last two years.
  • Support materials: Up to six additional items that may include letters of recommendation from faculty, colleagues, other artists, or organization members; award announcements or descriptions, videos, brochures, photographs, marketing materials, or programs from readings or panel discussions, workshops you have led, anything that will support a vision of you as a hard working artist who will bring high quality to the arts experience for all District residents and visitors.
  • Résumé(s) of key personnel: If you apply for the Artist Fellowship you will only need a resume that points specifically to your work in your medium.  For the CAP Project (organization and individual) you will need your resume and the resumes of the key people in the project.
  • Assessment and evaluation methods: What are you goals and how will you determine whether you have reached them?
  • A signed W-9


One last tip: make yourself known.

There are workshops to inform you about each step of the application process. The link for dates and registration is  You are encouraged to go, especially if you have not applied for a DCCAH grant before.  Meet the grant managers; help them put a face to your name.  They are friendly and very helpful; call them with any questions you might have, and if you have your application ready before the deadline they will even read it and make suggestions.



Mary Hanley is a staff writer for Café Americain and a first-year candidate in American University’s Creative Writing MFA program.

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