DC Community Heritage Project Grant – Up to $2500 – Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm on the first Friday of May.
The DCCHP is a partnership between the Humanities Council and the DC Historic Preservation Office.* This program is designed to provide funding and support to community leaders interested in preserving the history, architecture, and collective memory of their neighborhoods. The DCCHP is local history at a grassroots level, placing control of the narrative in the hands of those who create it. These grants are awarded and mid-June, and the final product is due in October. In December, each DCCHP grantee presents their work at the DC Community Heritage Project Showcase and Symposium, a public event celebrating historic preservation in Washington, DC! Past grantees have produced documentary films, oral history projects, digital archives, walking tours, and many other types of educational materials. These materials are available to the public in the DCCHP collection of the DC Digital Museum.
The DCCPH grant is is provided by the grant-making arm of our innovative DC Community Heritage Project. Several months before each deadine, the application can be accessed by logging onto the online grants system and completing the registration process.
- Applying organization must hold current 501(c)3 or DC nonprofit status.
- If your organization is not a nonprofit, yet you would like to apply, please contact our grants office to discuss alternative options.
- Applying organization must not have any outstanding grant reports for Humanities DC and/or the DC Historic Preservation Office.
- Project funds must be expended within the 120 day grant term (June 15-Oct15)
- Projects must focus on the history and/or preservation of Washington, DC’s landmarks, neighborhoods, or culture.
- Applications must reflect a 1:1 match of DC Community Heritage Project funds. The match may be comprised of cash or in-kind sources.
- 2013 – DC Gardners’ Oral History Project – Interview with Bennie Harris
- 2013 – Crestwood 300 Acres, 300 Years – By David Swerdloff
- 2012 – Dunbar High School’s Classic Age: 1870-1957 – by Marvin Jones
- 2012 – Truxton Circle Neighborhood Genealogy – by Marie Maxwell
- 2011 – Student Sleuth Project: Investigating Your School’s History – by Michelle Koerner and Eileen Langholtz
- 2011 – African American Pioneer Muslimahs in Washington, DC – by Zarinah Shakir
- 2010 – Memories of Capitol View – by The Capitol View Civic Association
- 2010 – Faith and Foundation Historic Tour of Deanwood – Deanwood Heights Mainstreets
- 2009 – Barry Farm: Past and Present – by Tendani Mpulubusi
- 2009 – Zion Baptist Church Presents “Spoken Memories”: an Oral History Journal
- 2008 – Ivy City Neighborhood Neighborhood Oral History Project – by Empower DC
The DC Community Heritage Project Television Show:
Application and Reporting Materials:
- Sample DCCHP Grant Application (.pdf)
- Application Budget Sheet (.xlsx) – Must be uploaded with your online application
- Workshop Powerpoint
- Grant Conditions (.pdf)
- Final Report Packet (.doc) – Includes all necessary reporting forms.
- Humanities DC Logos
* This program was supported through a Historic Preservation Fund Grant administered by the National Park Service, Department of Interior, and also Target Community Relations. 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.