On October 15, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) awarded $240,000 in federal grant money provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). These stimulus monies were distributed to help support positions that are critical to District arts organizations that were in jeopardy of being eliminated or had been eliminated as a result of the current economic climate.
Of the 94 organizations that applied for funding, 18 DC-based arts organizations were awarded funding up to $25,000 each.
"We are proud to be able to support positions that are critical to some of the organizations that make DC a world-class arts and cultural destination" said DCCAH Executive Director Gloria Nauden.
The ARRA money, administered by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, was presented in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and offered funds to subsidize the preservation of jobs within nonprofit arts organizations. The funding was intended for organizations that have suffered critical staffing cuts or could provide proof that an important existing position is in jeopardy or have compelling reasons why the retention of a creative worker was vital to the health of the organization.
Eligible applicants had to have the arts as the core of their mission statement and have their principal place of business in the District of Columbia and have both federal (IRS) and DC tax exempt status (subject to DCRA verification) in good standing for one year prior to the application deadline of July 27. Organizations must have received a DCCAH grant within the most recent fiscal years (2008 or 2009). Organizations that applied directly to the National Endowment for the Arts for funding were also encouraged to apply to the DCCAH, but were limited to receiving the funds through only one source. Of the 94 applications received, there were 79 organizations that were eligible to receive federal funding.
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