Apply now for a DC Community Heritage Project Grant

DCCHP_logo_smallThe Humanities Council wants to help you preserve the history of your community! We are now accepting applications for the DC Community Heritage Project (DCCHP) grant, a unique opportunity to document Washington’s landmarks, neighborhoods, and culture. The maximum grant award has been increased to $2500 this year. To begin your application today visit; proposals are due May 8th.

The DCCHP grant has funded over 120 projects that have helped the people of Washington, DC tell stories about the past. In 2011, Woodlawn Cemetery received a grant to digitize its burial records, allowing its small staff to better respond to genealogical and historical research inquiries. In 2012, Affordable DC produced a documentary film on long practicing barbers and beauticians working along the H Street NE corridor. And last year, the Neighborhood Farm Initiative launched an oral history project that resulted in 35 recorded testimonies from longtime urban farmers working in community gardens across the city. To see more of the exciting work being done by DC Community Heritage Project grantees check out the DC Digital Museum!


Director of Grants, Mark Smith leads a cozy workshop at the Council office.

We recommend that all prospective grantees attend a DCCHP grants workshop before applying. This year, workshops will be held on April 2nd and 9th at the Takoma Park Library and Lamond Riggs Library respectively. The workshop provides detailed information on what the grant funds, how to apply, and what our reviewers are looking for.


The DC Community Heritage Project is funded in part by the DC Historic Preservation Office*, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

This program was supported through a Historic Preservation Fund Grant administered by the National Park Service, Department of Interior. Funds were used for the identification, protection, and/or rehabilitation of historic properties and cultural resources in the District of Columbia. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, or disability in its federally assisted programs. If you believe that you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility as described above, or if you desire further information, please write to: Office of Equal Opportunity, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20240.