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FY22 Art Bank Program (ABP)

Grants to Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia Individuals,
Organizations, and Art Galleries for Artwork for Public Display

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH)

Conf. Date:

06/16/21

Deadline Date:

06/25/21 4:00 PM ET

Description:

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Grants of up to $15,000 to Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia individuals, organizations, and art galleries in eligible regions to contribute to a fine art collection. Artwork will be loaned to local agencies for display in public areas and offices of government buildings. Eligible individuals must be residents of the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Eligible organizations and galleries must represent artists living in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

CAH seeks grant applications from qualified artists and District art galleries or District nonprofit organizations representing metropolitan artists for the acquisition of works of original two- and three-dimensional artwork including, but not limited to:

  • Paintings;
  • Drawings;
  • Mixed media works;
  • Prints;
  • Photographs;
  • Fabric arts;
  • Ceramics; and
  • Sculptures.

Program Goals: 

  • Grow the District’s collection of fine art to reflect the rich, diverse artistic history and communities of the metropolitan region.
  • Provide support, exposure and professional benefit for visual artists residing in the District of Columbia metropolitan area.
  • Enhance the aesthetic experience for District employees and visitors that access the District of Columbia government buildings and public spaces.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183570

Estimated Size of Grant:

The total grant award will not exceed $15,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is from October 1, 2021, to September 30, 2022. Grant funds may not be used for activities or expenses that occur outside of the grant period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Individuals (metropolitan artists) must (at the time of application):
- Be an artist or artist representative (e.g., artist estate representative), aged 18 or older;
- Be a legal resident of Washington, DC, or a legal resident within a 50-mile radius of the Washington, DC boundaries, for at least one (1) year prior to the application deadline;
- Maintain primary residency during the entire funding period (October 1, 2021, to September 30, 2022);
- Have a permanent DC, MD, or VA address, as listed on government-issued identification or tax returns. The address provided on all application materials must match exactly the address provided on the submitted IRS W-9 form. Post office boxes are not allowable as a primary address; and,
- Be in good standing with CAH. Applicants with incomplete or delinquent reports from any prior funding program, as of Friday, October 15, 2021 (or otherwise as determined by CAH), are ineligible to receive additional funds from CAH in FY 2022.

District Galleries and District Arts Organizations must (at the time of application):
- Be registered and/or incorporated in the District of Columbia as an arts organization or gallery, representing artists living in the metropolitan area within a 50-mile radius;
- Be incorporated as a nonprofit in the District of Columbia with a federally designated tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) code, as evidenced by an IRS determination letter that is dated at least one year prior to the application deadline date;
- Assign an administrative representative to complete the application and serve as the sole point of contact (e.g., gallery owner, art organization administrator, estate representative), aged 18 or older;
- Not be colleges, universities, service organizations, foreign governments or other DC Government or Federal Government agencies, including DC Public Schools; and,
- Be in good standing with CAH. Applicants with incomplete or delinquent reports from any prior funding program, as of Friday, October 15, 2021, are ineligible to receive additional funds from CAH in FY 2022.

Pre-proposal Conference:

CAH conducts free workshops for participants to learn useful information about the agency’s funding opportunities and how to submit a grant application. All workshops are free and open to the public; however, participants are strongly encouraged to RSVP. Workshops will be offered at the following times:
- Wednesday, May 12, 10-11:30
- Wednesday, May 26, 4-5:30
- Wednesday, June 16, 4-5:30

More information: http://dcarts.dc.gov/node/408112

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Call to Artists Released: Monday, May 3, 2021
- Submission Deadline: Friday, June 25, 2021, at 4:00 pm ET
- First Round Panel to Select Finalist: On or about Friday, July 30, 2021
- Notifications Made to Applicants of Finalist Selections: On or about Friday, August 13, 2021
- Finalist Round Panel to Select FY21 Acquisitions: On or about Friday, September 10, 2021
- Notifications of Final Selections Made to Artists: On or about Monday, November 1, 2020

CAH staff members are available to assist grant applicants with preparing the application through group or individual technical assistance. CAH staff members do 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.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: https://jlweb.co/prod1/portal/portal.jsp?c=4193775&p=6947885&g=6947905

To schedule an individual technical assistance meeting or for specific questions about the program, please contact Sarah Gordon, Curator, at 202-549-9486 or sarah.gordon2@dc.gov.

Applicants with disabilities may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting Travis Marcus at travis.marcus@dc.gov and await request approval.

Commission on the Arts and Humanities
200 I Street, SE, Suite 1400, Washington, DC 20003
Phone: (202) 724-5613
Fax: (202) 727-4135
TTY: (202) 724-4493
Email: cah@dc.gov

Grant Coverage Areas:

Washington, DC metropolitan area, within a 50-mile radius

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland;   Virginia;   Washington, DC

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