Funding Available for Washington, D.C. Writers, Artists and Composers

The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation has awarded the VCCA a $25,000 grant to support residences for artists from the greater Washington, D.C. area. Since 1991, the Cafritz Foundation has supported the residencies of nearly 150 visual artists, writers, and composers at the VCCA. It has served as a model for additional regional initiatives, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

To apply, submit an application form, curriculum vitae and work samples. Please write “Cafritz Foundation” at the top of application. Deadlines: January 15, 2009 for residencies between June and September 2009; May 15, 2009 for residencies between October 2009 and January 2010; and September 15, 2009 for residencies between February 2010 and May 2010.

The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation is the largest independent grantmaking foundation focused exclusively on the Washington Metropolitan area. The Foundation is the legacy of Morris Cafritz, one of Washington’s leading commercial and residential real estate builders from the early 1920’s to the mid-1960’s. Morris Cafritz was an outstanding civic leader known for his generosity. He established the Foundation in 1948. His wife, Gwendolyn, one of Washington’s leading hostesses in the post World War II years, was President of the Foundation from 1964 to 1988. Their eldest son, Calvin, is currently Chairman, President and CEO.


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