DC Community Heritage Project Grant


Request for Proposals

Do you have questions about applying for a HumanitiesDC grant? Please review the Request for Proposal (RFP) and the FAQ document for the specific grant you would like to apply. (Note: The FAQ documents will be updated by February 22, 2022 with responses to any questions received before then). Still have questions? Sign up for a 20-minute “office hours” session with HumanitiesDC grants staff. Click HERE to schedule virtual office hours.

The DC Community Heritage Project (DCCHP) Grant supports residents at the grassroots level who are working to preserve their own communities and community stories. This opportunity is part of the Humanities Grant Program supported with funding from the District of Columbia Government through the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Started in 2005 by HumanitiesDC and the DC Historic Preservation Office, DCCHP provides an alternative to the “top-down” approach to community history that is often defined by developers and non-residents. DCCHP has funded more than 200 diverse, local heritage projects, preserving the memories of long-time Washingtonians and capturing the unfolding stories of new residents for future generations. These small projects are showcased annually and archived in the HumanitiesDC DC Digital Museum.

DCCHP provides capacity-building and financial resources to community storytellers. Potential projects must incorporate relevant humanities scholarship into the stories that they tell.

Prospective projects will:

  • be a written publication, documentary film, website, lesson plan, tour or other appropriate project
  • focus on physical spaces in Washington, DC
  • have an advisor or partner who is knowledgeable about the relevant field or subject matter
  • be an educational product with lasting value
  • be innovative, unique and of strong educational interest to a wide public audience
  • be focused on one or more central humanities disciplines.

Individual applicants and organizations may request $10,000. 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.


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Grants Manager: Andrea McNeil

Sample of Past Grant Activities

The Ivy City Neighborhood and Oral History Project

Ivy City booklet cover

The Ivy City Neighborhood and Oral History Project began in 2004 when local nonprofit Empower DC began working with the community to collect oral histories, photos, and other memorabilia. One of the project’s primary goals was to preserve the historic Alexander Crummell Elementary School located in the area, and the project ended with the completion of a 32 page booklet containing brief histories of the community and its residents.

Fairlawn: From the Flats to the Heights

Fairlawn book cover

Fairlawn is one of the many close-knit communities East of the Anacostia River with a strong sense of history and heritage. Fairlawn: From the Flats to the Heights uses archival and oral history sources to provide a brief sketch of the neighborhood’s history and culture. A portion of the book highlights community landmarks and can serve as a walking tour.

Grantee Resources

This award is granted with funds from the Washington, DC government via the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ Humanities Grant Program. The DC Community Heritage Project is a partnership of HumanitiesDC and the DC Historic Preservation Office.