The DC Community Heritage Project

The DC Community Heritage Project (DCCHP)* Grant supports residents at the grassroots level who are working to preserve their own communities and community stories.

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 established filmmakers.  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.

To Apply

Applications are accepted annually in April/May and awardees are announced in late May.  Applicants may request up to $5,000 and must complete their project by October of the following year. 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 HumanitiesDC Digital Museum.


For questions, contact La’Tasha Banks at

Sample of Grant Activities

Showcase and Symposium

Each December, the DCCHP grantees present a public program at which they display their final products. The event includes a symposium portion that provides expert advice on best practices in the public history and historic preservation fields as well as theoretical and philosophical sessions.

Ambassadors’ Workshops

The DCCHP sponsors three annual workshops aimed at building the capacity and knowledge of former and prospective grantees, amateur historians, and anyone else interested in preserving the history and culture of their neighborhoods. Past sessions have focused on personal digital archiving, videography, and oral history.


* 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.

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