DC Arts Commission Announces Available Grants for FY23

By Editorial Team on May 17, 2022

The largest allocation in the agency’s history includes funding for pandemic recovery, arts education, and general operating support for nonprofit arts and cultural organizations

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) is now accepting applications for fiscal year 2023 grant programs. Funding is available to support projects from both individuals and nonprofit organizations. Projects must occur during the District government’s fiscal year 2023 (October 1, 2022, through September 30, 2023).

“The Commission is the single largest funder of arts and culture in the DC metro area,” said CAH Chairperson Reggie Van Lee. “Nearly 80% of the agency’s annual budget is awarded through our grant programs and the Commission is committed to bringing transparency, equity and inclusion to its grant making process. We are using public dollars to make significant investments in our creative community for the ultimate benefit of all District residents and to aid in reopening and recovery from the devastating effects of the pandemic on our city’s cultural arts sector.”

CAH grants are awarded through a competitive, peer-reviewed process. To be eligible, individual artists and humanities practitioners must be residents of the District of Columbia, and organizations must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit business based in the District. Non-arts nonprofit organizations that host arts projects are encouraged to apply. FY23 grant awards range up to $500,000 and support a number of initiatives including public art, arts education, and capacity building.

Application deadlines vary by grant program. Notifications will be made to all applicants at the beginning of October. To learn more about CAH’s grant programs and to apply, visit dcarts.dc.gov.

CAH is the designated state arts agency for the District of Columbia and is supported primarily through District government funds and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.