The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) board members have voted to authorize the distribution of over $2 million of unallocated funds in the agency’s FY 2020 budget as relief grants to DC-based artists and cultural organizations affected by COVID-19.
“Arts and cultural production accounts for almost 9% of the District’s local economy, and our local artists and cultural organizations are acclaimed both nationally and internationally,” said CAH Chairperson Kay Kendall. “We sincerely hope that these additional funds will provide some measure of relief to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19.”
“The unfortunate reality is that the arts and cultural sector will be one of the very last industries to return to full operations,” said CAH Acting Director Heran Sereke-Brhan. “The members and staff of the Commission are committed to supporting the sector and our vibrant arts communities in any way possible.”
The funds will be distributed to 123 current organizational grantees of CAH as an additional 25% of the organization’s FY20 grant amount. CAH will also use the funds to award grants of $2,500 each to the eligible individual applicants to the FY20 NEA-CAH CARES Act grant program that did not previously receive a grant under the program.