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Soul of the City Partnership Grant

Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits
for Youth Humanities Programs

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HumanitiesDC, and District of Columbia Government - DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

Deadline Date:

06/22/21 11:59 PM EST


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Grants of up to $30,000 to Washington, DC nonprofit organizations for programs serving youth. Funding is intended to support humanities programs that engage and empower young residents. Projects and programs should promote leadership skills and civic engagement. Successful applicants will propose programs that employ engaged scholarship, experiential learning, and a new or expanded social-emotional learning approach.

Soul of the City grants provide communities, neighborhood organizations, churches and educational organizations the opportunity to work with young people through the humanities lens.

Prospective projects will:

  • Be a dynamic curriculum with defined lessons
  • Use the humanities to introduce young Washingtonians to the city’s local, national, and international dimensions
  • Use humanities disciplines, concepts, ideas and methods to help participants
  • Understand themselves and the human experience
  • Provide tools to encourage youth participants to improve themselves and the world in which they live
  • Produce confident, service-oriented leaders with increased communication and critical thinking skills

Applications must identify a scholar and how s/he will advise the project through the grant cycle. Each funded project will result in a lasting digital final product that will be added to the DC Digital Museum.

In the wake of the pandemic, prioritizing the social-emotional learning and well-being of local youth is paramount as is centering the approach with an equity lens. The Soul of the City partnership grant program accepts applications for projects that will create or expand integration of a Social-Emotional Learning approach into existing humanities programs for young Washingtonians 11-19. The deliverables for each funded project will include a comprehensive plan for incorporating a Social-Emotional Learning approach, several sample lessons demonstrating the approach, a training module for youth-serving program staff, and evaluation tools. These deliverables will be submitted to HumanitiesDC and distributed freely for the benefit of educators across the city. Proposed youth programs should:

  • Incorporate one or more humanities disciplines at a fundamental level.
  • Use the city of Washington, DC as a classroom, and experience its local, national, and international dimensions.
  • Incorporate the following methods into their pedagogical approach:
    • Experiential Learning
    • Social-Emotional Learning
    • Interactive Learning

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186273

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request up to $30,000 depending on the scope of their projects.

Term of Contract:

This opportunity is for projects conducted between August 2, 2021, and February 15, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Must be a federally incorporated 501c3 non-profit organization.
- Must be registered with, and authorized to do business in, the District as either a “Domestic” entity (that is, an entity that was incorporated in the District) or a “Foreign” entity (that is, an entity that was incorporated in another state).
- Must register and comply with the regulatory requirements of the following agencies: District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) – Corporations Division (indicating an “active” business license status at the time of application and agreeing to maintain such status throughout the grant period).; District of Columbia Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR).; District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES).; United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
- Must be able to obtain a certification of “Citywide Clean Hands” (CCH) from the District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue.
- Must be producing a program (or representing an organization producing a program if serving as a fiscal sponsor) in the Humanities, as defined by the amended National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act of 1965.
- Must be producing a program (or representing an organization producing a program if serving as a fiscal sponsor) that has 100% of its geographic focus on Washington, DC or one of its neighborhoods.
- Must be producing a current program (or representing an organization producing a program if serving as a fiscal sponsor) that will occur within the grant period.
- Must be producing a program (or representing an organization producing a program if serving as a fiscal sponsor) that will have residents of Washington, DC as its primary audience.
- Must have a principal business office address that is located in the District of Columbia and is accessible to onsite review. Post office boxes will not be accepted.
- Must not hold any open grants awarded or administered by HumanitiesDC at the time of the application deadline.
- Must be in good standing with HumanitiesDC. Applicants with outstanding or delinquent reports or final products from previous HumanitiesDC grants must submit them completed and without deficiencies at least 30 days before the deadline for which they wish to apply.
- Prohibited applicants include: private clubs and organizations that prohibit membership based upon race, gender, color, religion, or any other classes identified in the District of Columbia Human Rights Act; for-profit (commercial) entities; political organizations; foreign governments; federal government entities; and District of Columbia government agencies.

Organizations without 501c3 non-profit status may apply through an organization serving as a fiscal sponsor provided that the fiscal sponsor organization meets all eligibility requirements in the RFP. For more information about Fiscal Sponsorship, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

HumanitiesDC schedules at least four technical assistance workshops for prospective applicants prior to the deadline for each cycle. Several of these workshops may be conducted via live webinars. These workshops, led by HumanitiesDC grants staff, provide information on grant qualifications, grant writing best practices, and navigation of the online grants portal. HumanitiesDC staff will not write applications for prospective applicants but will provide feedback on drafts. To request feedback, applicants must send a request by email to the grants staff member listed on the RFP no less than two weeks before the deadline. The technical grants assistance workshops are free and open to the public, but applicants are strongly encouraged to register via Eventbrite before attending. As the workshops are scheduled, the dates, times, locations, and registration links will be available on the HumanitiesDC website at

Pre-Application Information:

All proposals must be received by June 22, 2021, 11:59pm EST.

Applications are accepted in June and awardees are announced in August.

This grant program requires a 1:1 match designed to help applicants raise funds from non-government, third-party sources. The match may be comprised of any combination of cash or in-kind contributions. Funding from HumanitiesDC, the District of Columbia Government, or the United States Government may not be used to satisfy the match requirement.

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Contact Information:

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


Andrea Carroll McNeil, Grants Manager

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