Grant Opportunities

Grants at a Glance

HumanitiesDC grant funding supports individuals, groups and organizations who use the humanities to explore the people, cultures, histories, and connections that make DC a vibrant place to be. For Fiscal Year 2023 HumanitiesDC is expecting to fund an estimated one million dollars to approximately 60 grantees. Our planned grant opportunities are as follows (based on available funds):

GRANT PROGRAMELIGIBILITYINDIVIDUAL AWARDS
CYCLE I: WINTER 2022
COMMUNITY CULTURE AND HERITAGE PROJECTS
(formerly DC Community Heritage Project)
Individuals, community groups, schools/institutions, organizations & local businesses$10,000
DC ORAL HISTORY COLLABORATIVE
(formerly New Oral History Projects)
Individuals, community groups, schools/institutions, organizations & local businesses$8,000
DC ORAL HISTORY
BEYOND THE ARCHIVES

(formerly Public Projects and Events)
Individuals, community groups, schools/institutions, organizations & local businesses$12,000
VISIONS – PROJECTS + EVENTS
(This grant now incorporates Festivals
& Gatherings and DOCS)
Humanities Practitioners, Schools/institutions, non-profit organizations$25,000
YOUTH IN THE HUMANITIES
(Formerly Soul of the City)
Schools and non-profit organizations who work primarily with children and youth$25,000
CYCLE II: SPRING 2023 – OPENING EARLY MARCH
CAPACITY BUILDINGNon-profit organizations with a humanities-focused mission and annual budgets of less than $2 million$25,000

Who We Are Funding

Organization or Individual NameAmount AwardedType of GrantWardsProject NameProject Summary
2022 Grantees
Archaeology in the Community$25,000Capacity Building GrantAllSustainable Project Partnerships (Archaeology in the Community)With a mission to promote the study and public understanding of archaeological heritage, Archaeology in the Community (AITC) serves as a conduit for historically underrepresented groups to gain access to archaeology and the humanities.
CapoeiraDC$25,000Capacity Building Grant5CapoeiraDCCapoeiraDC teaches a martial art that was developed by fighters against anti-Black racism, providing people with a positive physical and creative outlet, a practice in liberation, exposure to diverse cultures, and community.
DACOR Bacon House Foundation$25,000Capacity Building GrantAllDACOR Bacon House FoundationThe DACOR Bacon House Foundation brings the House and its museum to life as a teaching tool and to build a strong foundation for the expansion of the UDC-DACOR partnership.
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s$25,000Capacity Building GrantAllEnvironmental Film Festival in the Nation’s CapitalDCEFF is the U.S.’s largest and longest-running showcase for environmental films.
FDR Memorial Legacy Committee$25,000Capacity Building GrantAllFDR Memorial Legacy CommitteeThe FDR Committee is a citizen-led organization that promotes education about the Memorial, improves inclusion and accessibility for visitors, and preserves the Memorial for future generations.
Heurich House Foundation$25,000Capacity Building GrantAllBuilding Capacity for Public Educational Humanities ProgrammingThe Heurich House Museum has used its grant to rebuild its public educational program capacity, which was decimated by COVID.
KAMA DC$24,963Capacity Building GrantAllKAMA DCFounded in 2016, KAMA DC provides immigrants from more than 50 countries with a platform to share their skills and stories.
Live It Learn It$25,000Capacity Building Grant1; 4; 5; 6;Live It Learn ItLive It Learn It partners with local Title I public schools and cultural institutions to create and deliver experience-driven learning opportunities for students.
Mikva Challenge DC$25,000Capacity Building GrantAllMikva Challenge DCMikva Challenge DC develops youth to be empowered, informed, and active citizens promoting a just and equitable society. Mikva DC partners with teachers to provide opportunities for students to engage in real-life democratic experiences outside of the classroom.
National Building Museum$25,000Capacity Building Grant6National Building MuseumThe National Building Museum is the country’s only cultural institution illuminating what, how, and why we build.
One Common Unity$25,000Capacity Building GrantAllOne Common UnityOne Common Unity breaks cycles of violence and builds compassionate, healthy communities through the transformative power of music, arts, and peace education.
Reading Partners$25,000Capacity Building Grant1; 4; 5; 6;Reading Partners’ One-On-One Literacy Tutoring for 700 DC YouthReading Partners helps children become lifelong readers by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction with measurable results.
Shout Mouse Press$25,000Capacity Building Grant1; 4; 5; 6;Shout Mouse Press / Development Assessment & StrategyShout Mouse Press is a writing and publishing program dedicated to amplifying underheard and marginalized youth voices.
Studio Acting Conservatory$25,000Capacity Building GrantAllThe Last Supper Sculpture at Studio Acting Conservatory: Public AccessStudio Acting Conservatory has been a leader in theater education in the DC area since 1975. During a 2019 renovation of its building, a bas relief sculpture of the Last Supper, created in the early 1980s and depicting Jesus and his disciples as African American men, was discovered. With this grant, the Conservatory has been able to preserve and share the sculpture with the public.
The MusicianShip$25,000Capacity Building GrantAllThe MusicianShipThe MusicianShip’s mission is to change lives by facilitating music lessons, experiences, and opportunities to benefit those who need it most. This funding supports the DC Funk Festival and the Wammie Awards.
Washington Arts Ensemble$25,000Capacity Building GrantAllWashington Arts EnsembleThrough this grant, the Washington Arts Ensemble has been able to offer more concerts at a variety of venues, increase its presence in all wards of DC, create more partnerships with other arts organizations, and engage in rich and diverse programming to empower and resonate with all members of the community.
Woman’s National Democratic Club Educ$25,000Capacity Building Grant1; 2WNDC Educational FoundationThrough this grant, WNDC has been able to build its capacity by enhancing the effectiveness and reach of its web presence, and preserving and providing meaningful access to the array of resources related to the past 100 years of women’s history.
Words Beats and Life, Inc$25,000Capacity Building GrantAllWords Beats & LifeWords, Beats & Life, DC’s longest running Hip-Hop-based arts educational non-profit, breaks down those barriers that keep DC’s outstanding young creatives from taking full advantage of the opportunities that come along with living in the Nation’s Capital.
Young Playwrights’ Theater$25,000Capacity Building GrantAllYoung Playwrights’ Theater (YPT)YPT has been able to use this grant to support the establishment of two new part-time Resident Teaching Artist positions.
Arts for Our Children, Inc.$10,000DC Community Heritage Project GrantAllHistoric Lee’s Flowers Celebrates 75 yearsThrough this grant, a documentary has been produced which captures the history of Lee’s Flower and Card Shop, as the oldest continuous family-owned flower business in Washington, DC.
DC Murals: Specatacle and Story$10,000DC Community Heritage Project GrantAllTO THE EAST: THE RISE OF PUBLIC MURALS IN WARDS 7 AND 8“To the East” is a retrospective exhibit which focuses on the groundbreaking artists who painted the first public murals east of the river. Drawing on the DC Murals archive, this project presents the stories of these seminal artists and organizations, while engaging those artists still with us to share their stories in their own voices.
District of Columbia School of Law Founda$10,000DC Community Heritage Project GrantAllUDC Law Legacy ProjectIn honor of UDC Law’s 50th anniversary, UDC Law has partnered with UDC Law alumna and renowned DC photographer Nancy Shia to curate rare photos and stories from the first year of the school’s founding.
Georgetown African American Historic Lan$10,000DC Community Heritage Project GrantAllGeorgetown African American Historic Landmark Project and TourThe mission of the Georgetown African American Historic Landmark Project has been to place 20 plaques and additional markers throughout Georgetown, honoring the enslaved and free African Americans who lived in, worked in, and assisted in building the neighborhood.
Miriam Gusevich$10,000DC Community Heritage Project Grant3Re/Know Reno: a detective story.This project is a digital detective story where the public, and especially young people, learn about the Fort Reno community, the Black neighborhood displaced in favor of the current park.
Rhonda Henderson$10,000DC Community Heritage Project Grant4; 5; 7; 8“Dap: Past and Present Exploration of the Black Man’s Most Nuanced Gesture”This is a multi-media project to understand the meaning and complexities of dap in three neighborhoods in DC. This project utilizes first-person interview and photography to document and question the meaning of dap in Congress Heights (SE), Stronghold (NE), and Park View (NW).
District of Columbia Arts Center$35,000DC Documentary (DC DOCS) PartnershiAll40 Years and Still RunningThis documentary film project bears witness to the struggles and humanity of the hundreds of thousands of people from El Salvador who made Washington DC, starting in 1980 – the beginning of the mass exodus fueled by the US-backed war – through 2020.
Home Rule Music and FIlm Preservation F$35,000DC Documentary (DC DOCS) Partnershi4; 7Home Rule Music Festival Documentary (Feature)This feature-length documentary film examines and explores the Home Rule Music Festival. The documentary illuminates the music and the culture of Washington, DC through exciting on-stage live performances and insightful interviews.
Street Sense Inc.$35,000DC Documentary (DC DOCS) PartnershiAllHomelessly in LoveHomelessly in Love follows the romantic lives of five men and women struggling with housing instability.
Video Action, Inc.$35,000DC Documentary (DC DOCS) Partnershi1; 2; 3; 5Project SINGThis film follows three seniors as they emerge as leaders, knock on doors, and attempt to organize their community of elders, proving the power of perseverance, and people taking control of their lives during their “third chapter” of life.
1882 Project Foundation$12,000DC Oral History Collaborative PartnershiAllFlashback: Oral Histories of DC ChinatownThis project features a digital portal which shares the rich repository of audiovisual oral histories that have been collected by community members over the past fifty years.
All Souls Church Unitarian$7,000DC Oral History Collaborative Partnershi1; 5BLAHC Reflections: Women Take a Seat at the TableThis project preserves and amplifies the voices of the women who were connected to the Brookland Literary and Hunting Club (BLAHC).
Asbury United Methodist Church$7,000DC Oral History Collaborative Partnershi2Asbury United Methodist Church Oral History Project 2022This project adds to Asbury’s DC Oral History collection by featuring the voices of senior clergy, including the church’s current and first female senior pastor, along with her two predecessors and two lay people who have long presented and organized Asbury’s music and liturgy.
Charvis V. Campbell$8,000DC Oral History Collaborative Partnershi4; 6; 8Jazz at Westminister Presbyterian Church: The Lived Experiences of DC’s MusiciansThis DC Oral History project focuses on the lived and shared experiences of jazz musicians who have performed at Jazz at Westminster Presbyterian Church and who were born, raised, or call DC their home.
DC Greens$8,000DC Oral History Collaborative Partnershi8Oxon Run Park: A Neighborhood HistoryThis project is an archive of the history behind Oxon Run Park and the surrounding neighborhoods of Congress Heights/Bellevue/Washington Highlands.
DC Music Summit$13,000DC Oral History Collaborative Partnershi4; 5; 6; 7;“You Gotta Leave DC to Get Love”: Why the DC Music Industry Needs Sustainable InfrastructureThis project features engaging interviews with people dedicated to creating spaces nurturing the careers of DC music industry professionals, especially those from marginalized backgrounds.
DC Theater Arts Collaborative$8,000DC Oral History Collaborative Partnershi7; 8Left Behind: The Forgotten Voices of EOR Mothers Who Have Lost Children to Gun ViolenceAnacostia Playhouse’s DC Oral History project features personal and group interviews with Ward 7 and 8 mothers who have lost children to gun violence.
Edgewood/Brookland Family Support Coll$7,000DC Oral History Collaborative Partnershi5; 6A Grassroots Response to a Child Welfare CrisisThis project features the progression in homeless services as an extension of Edgewood/Brookland Family Support Collaborative’s efforts to stabilize families and avoid involvement with the district child welfare system.
Eric Eikenberry$8,000DC Oral History Collaborative PartnershiAllDistrict of Cats: The History of Back Alley Bicycle RacingThis project explores the history behind the phenomenon of “alleycat” meetings: unsanctioned scavenger hunts-turned-races sprung by daring local bike couriers onto DC’s unsuspecting streets.
Hola Cultura$11,800DC Oral History Collaborative PartnershiAllDC Dreamers: Our Voices and Stories PodcastThis project shines a light on the lived experiences and contributions of five young immigrants who came to establish their lives in DC.
Katharina Hering$8,337DC Oral History Collaborative Partnershi1; 3; 4; 5;When Parents United: Parental and citizen advocacy for quality public education in DC, 1970-2010This is a collection of oral histories from seven narrators who were central participants in the formation, operation, and support of Parents United for the DC Public Schools between 1980 and 2010.
Marshall Heights Community Dev Org$7,000DC Oral History Collaborative Partnershi7Marshall Heights: Civic Mindedness and Engagement Incarnate, post-DC Home RuleMHCA captures, validates, and evaluates current events that have defined the Marshall Heights neighborhood by interviewing five local historians.
Michael Feldman$12,000DC Oral History Collaborative Partnershi2Education and Community at School Without Walls: An Intergenerational PerspectiveSchool Without Walls (“Walls”) students created a collection of interviews with alumni from 1970’s and 1980’s classes, with a focus on their experiences during the time that Walls operated as an “alternative school.”
Michael Haack$7,000DC Oral History Collaborative PartnershiAll1978 Metro Strike Oral History ProjectThe 1978 wildcat strike helped guarantee that Metro would remain a source of family-sustaining jobs for Black working class Washingtonians. This is a collection of stories from the workers who went on strike, as well as an examination of what it has meant to the people and communities involved and how it can inform workers today.
Pacyinz Lyfoung$13,000DC Oral History Collaborative Partnershi1Newton Street/The Cooperative at 1477& Black Warrior WomenThis project features stories from the women who played a leading role in creating, maintaining and expanding affordable housing for Newton Street residents.
Rhizome DC$12,000DC Oral History Collaborative Partnershi4Rhizome DC Oral HistoriesThe Oral History interviews collected through this prioject explore the building and re-building of arts communities within the context of gentrification and displacement in urban areas. The project includes a short documentary about Rhizome DC and DC’s experimental arts scene.
Saaret E. Yoseph$13,000DC Oral History Collaborative Partnershi1; 2; 3; 4;JOURNEYS: ADDIS TO DCThis project documents and preserves stories of migration, acclimation and gentrification, through the eyes of long-time and former residents who helped establish DC’s now well-known and thriving Ethiopian community.
Samuel (Sami) Miranda$8,000DC Oral History Collaborative Partnershi1; 2; 5; 8DC Poetry Scene in the 90sThis is a collection of oral histories and works of the 1990’s poetry scene, concentrated along the U St. corridor, Georgetown and Anacostia, and show a community that supported each other, mentored young writers, and made their way into the world of literature nationwide.
Sarah Shoenfeld$8,000DC Oral History Collaborative PartnershiAllThe Marion Barry Oral History ProjectThis project documents the transformation of DC’s political and social life during the career of four-time Mayor and DC Councilmember Marion Barry.
Sari Leigh$12,000DC Oral History Collaborative Partnershi7; 8Mind, Body and Justice: Voices of Revolutionary Health East of the AnacostiaThis project recognizes the key Black voices working to reduce health disparities east of the Anacostia River in Washington DC’s Ward 7 & 8 neighborhoods through health education, medicine, environmental awareness, food activism, and wellness.
Street Sense Inc.$8,000DC Oral History Collaborative Partnershi2In Our Own Voices: Street Sense Media Vendors 2003 to 2023This project features stories which focus on the experiences of people who have struggled with homelessness and became Street Sense newspaper vendors.
The National Hand Dance Association$7,000DC Oral History Collaborative Partnershi7; 8“Hand Dance – The Official Dance of DC: Where Do We Go From Here?”This project explores the evolution of DC’s Hand Dance from the 1950s to today.
The WIRE$8,000DC Oral History Collaborative Partnershi7; 8Women of the W.I.R.E.This project focuses on the stories of five formerly incarcerated women from Washington, DC returning home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Vikram Surya Chiruvolu, LGPC, MA, BSC$10,700DC Oral History Collaborative Partnershi1The Legacy of Anti-Racist Banking in Adams MorganThis project captures how financial discrimination and economic violence in Adams Morgan were overcome through the unwavering resilience of its residents.
Women in Film and Video$12,000DC Oral History Collaborative PartnershiAllSupreme Courts: A Century of DC BaketballThis documentary features interviews from residents about basketball and how it has shaped the city and its culture.
Adams Morgan Community Alliance$17,650Festivals and Gatherings GrantAllDance Dance rEvolution: Adams Morgan Day Dance Plaza+the Little-Known Legacy of Dance Culture in DCThrough this grant, Adams Morgan Day has been able to shine a light on DC’s dance culture through exhibitions, dance parties, and panel discussions.
American University$25,000Festivals and Gatherings Grant7; 8Anacostia Youth Film and Media FestivalThe Anacostia Youth and Media Festival is the first youth-directed festival in the DC area, organized and held in the Anacostia neighborhood.
Cultural Tourism DC, Inc.$25,000Festivals and Gatherings GrantAllWalkingTown DC 2022Over 20 years, WalkingTown DC has established itself as one of the most enjoyable ways for a curious person to learn about the nation’s capital. It consists of 70+ walking and biking tours over a nine-day period, guided by people who live and work in DC.
Day Eight$25,000Festivals and Gatherings GrantAll2023 Arts Journalism Conference – Writing About TheaterThis conference focuses on journalism in the realm of theater, including discussions on the need for a more diverse corps of theatrical reviewers.
DC Preservation League$25,000Festivals and Gatherings GrantAllDC Awards for Excellence in Historic PreservationThe DC Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation honors outstanding preservation projects and exceptional contributions by individuals and organizations that further historic preservation in Washington, DC.
High Tea Society$25,000Festivals and Gatherings GrantAllHTS Anna/Ann Fashion Intel EventHTS presents a series of discussions on seminal fashion art and fashion history moments in DC.
Mosaic Theater Company of DC$10,000Festivals and Gatherings GrantAllTill Trilogy Reflection SeriesThe Till Trilogy Reflection Series is a citywide lineup of concerts, readings, panels, and symposiums reflecting on the life and legacy of Emmett Till.
Multi-Media Training Institute$25,000Festivals and Gatherings GrantAllCampaign 72Campaign 72 is a four-day performance panel and discussion in the life of Shirley Chisholm, including a play that depicts her run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1972.
Neighborhood Associates Corporation$12,500Festivals and Gatherings Grant7“Breaking Ground: Mayfair/Paradise Community History Celebration”This project explores the legacy of Paradise and Mayfair Mansions, the first housing developments in the District built by Black people for Black people.
PEN/Faulkner Foundation$8,290Festivals and Gatherings GrantAllVoices of Literary DCVoices of Literary DC is a two-part event built around eight primarily BIPOC writers with DC roots who engage the city in their work. The event focuses on the challenges of giving voice to stories that are unique to DC life.
The DC Center For The LGBT Community$25,000Festivals and Gatherings GrantAllReel Affirmations: Washington DC’s International LGBTQ Film Festival and monthly film seriesThis festival and monthly film series honors our LGBTQIA2S+ creatives’ cinematic masterpieces, visions and lifestories through virtual/in person film screenings, director and cast community conversations, and celebrations.
Words Beats and Life, Inc$25,000Festivals and Gatherings GrantAllWords Beats & Life Festival: Jazz and Poetry EditionThis hybrid festival celebrates the intersection of jazz and poetry and includes workshops and performances at venues in various DC neighborhoods such as Shaw and Columbia Heights.
Cory Stowers$5,000Humanitini Curator GrantAllBrick Layers Foundational Artists of the 14TH STREET GRAFFITI MUSEUMThe 14th Street Exterior Graffiti Museum, a new installation curated by Cory L. Stowers, pays homage to the timeline of DC graffiti culture’s evolution.
DC Independent Film Festival$5,000.00Humanitini Curator Grant1; 2; 4; 5LOL: Muslim-American Women challenging stereotypes with comedyThis Humanitini features speakers who discuss ways in which Muslim-American women have been represented and misrepresented, how they now represent themselves, and how comedy can take on these issues.
FolaSade Pyne$5,000Humanitini Curator GrantAllGentrification: The American Dream or the Neighborhood Nightmare?This Humanitini digs into the root causes of gentrification, who benefits from it, and how to create a path forward that serves the natives of the city and newer residents.
Jessica Phillips-Silver$5,000Humanitini Curator GrantAllDC’s Go-go rhythms: a source of brain growth and community connectionThis Humanitini examines the role of complex rhythms in children’s brain development, healing and community building through an exposition and conversation with two leading women in go-go scholarship, education and performance.
Jordan Campbell$5,000Humanitini Curator GrantAllCreative Justice: The Local & National Impact of DC Youth Artist-ActivistsThis Humanitini explores the strengths, challenges, and impacts experienced by the DC youth during social justice movements in recent years, primarily centering the conversation on Summer 2020’s racial justice movement.
Patrise Holden, PhD$5,000Humanitini Curator Grant6; 7; 8Dancing With Myself: A Conversation on Music, Mood, and Our Mental HealthThis Humanitini takes a closer look at how our feelings, attitudes, identity, and mood are shaped by music, and challenges participants to discuss the short- and long-term effect that music has had on their lives and mental health.
Paul Marengo$4,962Humanitini Curator GrantAllLGBTQ Bars – Beyond Drinking There is Community!This Humanitini examines how a sense of community can be found in drinking establishments; how bars provide a social outlet; and how bars and clubs allow individuals in the LGBTQ community to be who they are without exploitation and/or prosecution.
Sheila Walker$4,875Humanitini Curator Grant4; 5Crossroads: Recreating African Spirituality for the ScreenThis Humanitini features case studies and films as part of a discussion centered on the dilemmas faced by artists who utilize African themes in various forms of media.
CapitalBop, Inc.$20,000SHARP Emergency Relief GrantAllCapitalBop, Inc.CapitalBop is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes, presents and preserves jazz in the DC area.
Critical Exposure$30,000SHARP Emergency Relief Grant1; 4; 5; 7;Critical ExposureCritical Exposure (CE) trains DC youth of color to harness the power of photography and their own voices to fight for education equity and social justice.
Day Eight$20,000SHARP Emergency Relief GrantAllDay EightDay Eight engages communities through the arts specifically the production, publication, and promotion of creative projects including a magazine, poetry, an arts journalism fellowship, local history projects, and the publication of art books.
DC Arts and Humanities Education Collab$30,000SHARP Emergency Relief GrantAllDC Arts and Humanities Education CollaborativThe DC Collaborative’s mission is to advance equitable access to learning opportunities in the arts and humanities for all, especially students in DC’s low-income neighborhoods.
Dumbarton Arts & Education$30,000SHARP Emergency Relief Grant7; 8Dumbarton Arts & EducationDumbarton Arts & Education presents programs that promote diversity, community, accessibility, and a love of music and learning throughout Washington, DC.
Heurich House Foundation$30,000SHARP Emergency Relief GrantAllHeurich House FoundationThe Heurich House Museum’s mission is to explore the American Dream ethos through the stories surrounding Christian Heurich and his historic Washington, DC brewery, and to create a path to success for today’s local small-scale manufacturers.
Historical Society of Washington, DC$40,000SHARP Emergency Relief GrantAllHistorical Society of Washington, DCEstablished in 1894, the Historical Society of Washington, DC, now the DC History Center, is one of the city’s oldest civic organizations. Its mission is to deepen understanding of DC’s past to connect, empower, and inspire.
Hola Cultura$20,000SHARP Emergency Relief GrantAllHola CulturaHola Cultura’ s mission is to construct innovative pathways to success for the Latino community while fostering society’s demand for the arts and Hispanic cultural initiatives.
Live It Learn It$30,000SHARP Emergency Relief Grant1; 4; 5; 6;Live It Learn ItLive It Learn It partners with Title I (high poverty) public schools in DC and local cultural institutions to create and deliver experience-driven learning opportunities for students.
One Common Unity$40,000SHARP Emergency Relief GrantAllOne Common UnityOne Common Unity breaks cycles of violence and builds compassionate communities through the transformative power of music, arts and peace education. Programs blend arts and culture with best practices in social-emotional learning, mental health care, and youth development to meet the needs of DC’s underserved youth.
One World Education$30,000SHARP Emergency Relief GrantAllOne World EducationOne World Education’s mission is to create writers with voice, knowledge, and purpose. Their vision is for all DC students to be effective writers and public speakers.
President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldier$40,000SHARP Emergency Relief GrantAllPresident Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ HoPresident Lincoln’s Cottage is a historic site, National Monument, and museum located in Washington, DC. Through innovative guided tours, exhibits, and programs, it uses Lincoln’s example to inspire visitors to be civically engaged today.
Project Create$30,000SHARP Emergency Relief Grant7; 8Project CreateProject Create’s mission is to provide opportunities for creative youth development through accessible, multidisciplinary arts education that amplify participants’ voices.
Reading Partners$40,000SHARP Emergency Relief Grant1; 4; 5; 6;Reading PartnersThe mission of Reading Partners is to help children become lifelong readers by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction with measurable results.
Street Sense Inc.$30,000SHARP Emergency Relief GrantAllStreet Sense Inc.Street Sense Media’s mission is to end homelessness in the Washington, DC area by empowering people in need with the skills, tools, and confidence to succeed.
The MusicianShip$40,000SHARP Emergency Relief GrantAllThe MusicianShipThe MusicianShip’s mission is to change lives by facilitating music lessons, experiences, and opportunities to benefit those who need us most.
WNDC Educational Foundation$20,000SHARP Emergency Relief GrantAllWNDC Educational FoundationThe WNDC Educational Foundation is dedicated to educating the public on the history of the women’s rights movement, the achievements and contributions of women, and preservation of the Whittemore House museum, its history, and contents.
Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Found$20,000SHARP Emergency Relief GrantAllZora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright FoundationThe mission of the Hurston Wright Foundation is to discover, mentor, and honor Black writers.
African American Music Association$18,345Special DC Documentary (DC DOCS) PAllA Hidden Jim: Jimmy McPhailThis documentary tells the story of Jimmy McPhail, a DC-based jazz and blues music icon shared the stage with some of the world’s biggest artists, such as Duke Ellington, Pearl Bailey and Billie Holiday.
African American Music Association$18,345Vision Partnership GrantAllThe Nation’s Capital: Doo-Wop From the Street Corner to the Stage-2?This project is an interactive multimedia website exhibit featuring Doo-Wop vocal groups and solo artists from DC whose harmonies ushered in the sounds and performance styles of early Rhythm and Blues from 1948-1960.
All Souls Housing Corp$24,492Vision Partnership GrantAllMapping Segregation in Washington DC – Early Houses of WorshipThis ongoing project is creating a central repository for DC digital historical maps at the DC History Center, 2) rebuilding one or more Mapping Segregation projects on a new platform, and 3) completing a new mapping project that documents and visualizes historic houses of worship in DC.
CapitalBop, Inc.$30,000Vision Partnership GrantAllCapitalBop’s 2nd Annual NEXTfest Humanities ProgramThis event includes a six-hour humanities symposium and education program focused on jazz, funk and go-go, and their role in DC culture more broadly.
Dance Institute of Washington$30,000Vision Partnership GrantAllAncestral Reflections: Telling the History of Dance Institute of Washington’s The Spirit of KwanzaaThis project features artists and students working with scholars to research the cultural heritage of Kwanzaa and chronicle the Dance Institute of Washington’s decades-long history of Spirit of Kwanzaa productions on DC stages.
DC Jazz Festival$30,000Vision Partnership GrantAll2022 DC: A Jazz City Video Series“DC: A Jazz City” chronicles more than 70 years of jazz-making told by DC artists, broadcasters, and jazz specialists who make DC home.
Empower DC $30,000Vision Partnership GrantAllDC Legacy Project: Barry Farm-Hillsdale“DC Legacy Project: Barry Farm-Hillsdale” is a series of events dedicated to memorializing the generations of people who lived in and were displaced from the Barry Farm-Hillsdale neighborhood.
One World Education$30,000Vision Partnership GrantAllThe One World High School Academy and Challenge EventOne World Education’s One World Academy is a 10-week afterschool program for 10th and 11th graders which prepares them for college-level writing and a public showcase of their work.
Pictures on Silence$30,000Vision Partnership GrantAllTodd Duncan: A Program of Poetry and MusicThis program features poetry, music, and narration to highlight the life and contributions of Todd Duncan, a DC native and the first Porgy in Gershwin’s famous opera “Porgy and Bess.”
The Catholic University of America$29,592Vision Partnership GrantAllDigital Guide to Medieval DC“Digital Guide to Medieval DC” is a public-facing online resource geared towards educating K-12 and undergraduate students about the Middle Ages through DC-based sites, objects, and events.

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