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Special Arts Initiative: Arts Education Experiences

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Office of Partnerships and Grant Services


    The Special Arts Initiative grant is designed to support In-School and Out-of-School-Time arts and humanities projects for students in pre-school through 21 years of age. The grant also supports professional development opportunities in the arts and humanities for classroom educators working with these students. Programming may either occur during the traditional school day (in-school projects) or in the after-school/weekend/summer hours (out-of-school-time-projects). Potential applications may detail initiatives such as field trips, workshops or professional development to build knowledge, skills and understanding of a particular artistic/humanities discipline, or arts and humanities integration opportunities promoting the use of arts/humanities as a technique for integrating with other content areas.
    Special Arts Initiative: Arts Education Experiences Goals:
    • Provide access to high-quality arts and humanities experiences that advance student achievement in the District of Columbia;
    • Reinforce the importance of including the arts and humanities as a critical component of an excellent education; and,
    • Support activities that are consistent with local and national learning standards for arts and humanities education, including current state standards in non-arts content areas where appropriate.

    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    Examples of unallowable costs for Special Arts Initiative projects:
    • Overhead, maintenance and administration exceeding 35% of the grant; Food and beverages;
    • Operational reserves;
    • Tuition and scholarships;
    • Costs related to fundraisers and special events;
    • Pieces of equipment that exceed 25% of the grant award;
    • Travel not directly related to the execution of the project; and,
    • College tuition or to fund universities, service organizations, foreign governments, or DC government agencies, including DC Public Schools.


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  • Eligibility Details

    Organizations may apply if they meet all of the following eligibility requirements at the time of application. Applicants must:
    • Be incorporated as a nonprofit, with a designated tax exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code, as well as incorporated within the District of Columbia;
    • Have their Federal and DC tax exempt status (subject to DCRA verification) in good standing for one year prior to the application deadline;
    • Have principal offices that are located in the District of Columbia, as demonstrated by the address on the organizations official 990 document. PO Boxes and the addresses of board members or volunteers may not be used as a primary business address;
    • Have a commitment to provide arts, humanities and education programs to the residents of Washington, DC. At least eighty-five percent (85%) of activities occur within the District of Columbia;
    • Are in good standing with CAH. Applicants with incomplete or delinquent reports, in any funding program, as of October 14, 2016, are ineligible to receive an additional award from DCCAH in FY17;
    • Do not use fiscal agents; and,
    • Are not colleges, universities, service organizations, foreign governments or other DC government agencies, including DC Public Schools.

    Deadline Details

    The deadline to submit an application was February 23, 2017. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Organizations may request up to $75,000.


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