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FY2021 Facilities and Buildings Grant

Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits for Capital Expenditures
and Expenses Related to Facility Acquisition

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DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH)

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11/20/20 4:00 PM ET


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Grants to Washington, DC nonprofit organizations for capital expenditures and expenses related to facility acquisition. Eligible project types include planning and design, short-term facility, and long-term facility. Funding may also be used for PPE needed due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. This grant supports qualified organizations that own or rent facilities, intend to own or rent facilities, or seek other permanent property or equipment designed for training, management, production, or presentation of performances or, exhibitions of the arts or humanities.

By making its FAB grant awards, CAH endeavors to meet the following goals:

  • Provide for stable structures, systems, and infrastructures for constituents and collections;
  • Increase structural and physical stability of cultural organizations;
  • Ensure high quality physical places for the District’s arts and humanities organizations;
  • Enable access to high quality venues and equipment for arts and humanities programs;
  • Reduce the risk of organizational displacement; and
  • Foster and promote cultural access for all residents.

Applicants must select one of three project types defined below:

  1. Planning Projects
    • Most suitable for organizations seeking support for preliminary projects that increase current capacity or future growth relative to cultural facilities.
    • Typical projects include master facility plans, feasibility studies, architectural designs, and other projects requiring professional guidance related to cultural facilities.
  2. Short-Term Facility Projects
    • Applicant organizations must possess between one (1) and seven (7) years remaining on their lease at the time of application.
    • Typical projects have included the acquisition of portable equipment and projects that increase accessibility.
    • Projects under this category cannot include permanent facility alterations.
  3.  Long-Term Facility Projects
    • Applicant organizations must own their facility or have greater than seven (7) years remaining on their lease at the time of application.
    • Typical projects include: the purchase of portable or fixed equipment, repairs, renovations, new construction, and facility purchases.
    • Projects under this category can include permanent facility alterations

For allowable costs, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 192915

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum FAB awards for a new facility purchase are $500,000. Maximum FAB awards for non-facility purchases are $250,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is from October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021. Grant funds may not be used for activities that occur outside of this grant period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Prior to submitting applications, applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:
- Be incorporated as a nonprofit 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;
- 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);
- Ensure that at least fifty-one percent (51%) of the organization’s activities occur within the District of Columbia;
- Ensure that one hundred percent (100%) of the grant award dollars are used to support District of Columbia personnel and programming;
- Have an active Board of Directors;
- Register and comply with the regulatory requirements of the following agencies: 1. 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); 2. District of Columbia Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR); 3. District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES); and 4. United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
- Obtain certification of ”Citywide Clean Hands” (CCH) from the District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue (see Citywide Clean Hands- Page 11).
- Be in “good standing” with CAH. (Note: A CAH grant applicant who has failed, as of June 1, 2020, to comply with all applicable CAH-related mandates (e.g., failed to submit to CAH required reports related to prior CAH funding), is not in “good standing” with CAH and, accordingly, is ineligible to receive additional funds from CAH in FY 2021); and
- Have a principal business office address that is located in the District of Columbia, subject to an on-site visit. (Note: CAH will not allow post office boxes or the addresses of board members or volunteers as evidence of the principal business address).

For ineligible applicants, see

For unallowable costs, see

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 for the FY 2021 FAB grant cycle will be virtual. Workshop dates and times listed below are subject to change. All workshops are free and open to the public; however, participants are strongly encouraged to RSVP.

Attendance at a FAB workshop or Livechatis mandatory for applicants that have not received funding through a Facilities and Buildings Grant in FY19 or FY20.

- Monday, October 19, 2020 5:30 - 7:00 pm FY21 FAB applicant workshop
- Friday, October 23, 2020 2:00 - 3:30 pm Livechat virtual assistance
- Friday, November 6, 2020 2:00 - 3:30 pm Livechat virtual assistance

Livechats and workshops may be accessed by visiting No RSVP is necessary for participation.

Pre-Application Information:

All applications must be submitted online by 4:00 PM ET on Friday November 20, 2020. An automatic confirmation email is generated once an application is submitted. Technical issues or failure to receive a confirmation email should be immediately brought to the attention of CAH staff.

CAH will notify applicants regarding the results of their application and the applicable award disbursement process on or about January 29, 2021.

CAH will accept reasonable accommodation requests from applicants with disabilities in advance of the application due date to assist them in submitting grant applications via mail, email or hand-delivery. To request a reasonable accommodation, contact Travis Marcus and await request approval.

CAH staff members are available to assist grant applicants through group or individual technical assistance sessions. 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. Applicants should contact CAH to schedule a meeting by calling emailing Benjamen Douglas or Kevin Hasser.

Applicants may submit one (1) grant application to this program per fiscal year cycle.

There is no matching requirement for FAB grants in amounts less than $100,000. FAB grants in the amount of $100,000 or more require a 50% project match.

Contact Information:

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

Grant Application Portal:

Specific questions about the FAB grant can be referred to CAH staff members:
Benjamen Douglas, Grants Program Manager:
Kevin Hasser, Grants Programs Manager:

Travis Marcus: 202-805-4909 or

Government of the District of Columbia
Commission on the Arts and Humanities
200 I Street, SE, Suite 1400, Washington, DC 20003


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