DC Community Heritage Project Grant - APPLICATION DEADLINE IS JULY 19, 2021

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DC Community Heritage Project Grant






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.


Applicants may request up to $5,000. 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.