The Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities Agency [CAHA] was established in 1967 by the late Dr. Pedro Sanchez under the University of Guam and was then called the Insular Arts Council [IAC]. The agency was dedicated to the development of programs in music, visual arts, cultural heritage, literature, and arts education. 

In 1972, Louise Hotaling served as IAC's first program director under the University-Community cooperative board of directors. Through Executive Order 75-23, the late Governor Ricardo J. Bordallo re-established the Insular Arts Council as part of the executive office in 1975. Peter Guerrero served as the IAC's first Executive Director followed by Margaret Smith, who was later replaced by Laura Souder, Chairperson of the Arts Council.

Public Law 18-8 was enacted to ensure CAHA’s perpetual existence in support of the arts on Guam. Sister Mary Callista was the first Executive Director of CAHA followed by executive appointees: Annie B. Stone, Linda T. Reyes, Alberto Lamorena V, Deborah J. Bordallo, Johnny G. Sablan, Sylvia M. Flores and Patrick Bamba.

In 2011, CAHA was merged into the Department of Chamorro Affairs [DCA] per Reorganizational Advisory No. 6 dated 6 October 2011. 

CAHA was separated from DCA and restored to its status as a separate line agency on 21 June 2019, per Executive Order No 2019-14. In April of the following year, Jillette T. Leon-Guerrero was appointed as the first Executive Director in a little over 8 years. 

CAHA is currently working on rebranding itself as an organization that is relevant, responsive to our constituents and collaborative in nature. 

Our community programming includes a community grant program that accepts applications from individuals and nonprofit organizations for projects and activities that perpetuate the arts, humanities and culture of our island. Eligible arts & humanities genres include, but are not limited, too: visual arts, literary arts & spoken word, performing arts, media arts, culinary arts, folk and traditional arts. ​ These grants require the applicant to match a portion of the funding. 

CAHA also funds fellowship grants, special project grants and an artist-in-residence program.

The National Endowment for the Arts [NEA] has made CARES Act funding available to CAHA for support of organizations and individuals impacted by the COVID19 Pandemic. Organizations may apply for up to $10,000.00 and individuals up to $5000.00 in relief funding. These grants do not require a match. 

For more information on specific grants, please see specific grant program guidelines. 

CAHA CARES Act Emergency Relief Funds Grants for Individuals

Guidelines

The Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities Agency a.k.a. CAHA is Guam’s official state arts agency and an agency of the Government of Guam, Executive Branch whose mission is to encourage and promote the artistic practice of our artisans and create opportunities for Guam residents to learn, experience, express and appreciate art and artistic talent in all its forms. 

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds are intended to help save jobs in the arts sector and keep the doors open to the thousands of organizations that add value to America’s economy and the creative life of our communities. The State Arts Agencies (SAAs) and Regional Arts Organizations (RAOs) are partners with the Arts Endowment in achieving these goals. 

CAHA CARES Act Emergency Relief Funds Grants for Individuals provides support for traditional and contemporary artists in Guam that are experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. CAHA CARES Act Emergency Relief Funds Grants will be made available to support individual Guam artists including working artists, musicians, filmmakers, teaching artists, production personnel, and arts-based contract workers who have incurred substantial income loss from the COVID-19 pandemic and who are facing significant short-term financial challenges as a result. CAHA CARES Act Emergency Relief Funds Grants for Individuals is one of three grant opportunities in the CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant Program. 

The COVID-19 pandemic and its related effects have placed unprecedented strain on the arts and cultural community. Artists and contract workers engaged in producing art and arts and cultural events, in particular, are facing unprecedented loss of income due to widespread cancellation of events and activities. The CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant Program is funded through the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed on March 27, 2020. The National Endowment for the Arts received $75 million in CARES Act funding to assist state arts agencies and cultural institutions affected by the coronavirus. The NEA distributed 40% of this funding to 56 state and territorial arts councils, including CAHA, to support local artists. 

CAHA acknowledges that community-based arts practitioners bring Guamanians together and contribute the well being of the people of Guam and the economy.  CARES funds provided will allow artists to engage in their artistic practice. Funds are intended to help offset lost opportunities related to COVID-19, to be used toward creative efforts and to support future success. Individuals in artistic disciplines such as Folk Arts, Media Arts, Performing Arts,  Visual Arts, Special Projects (culinary arts, community arts, literature, and humanities, etc.)  and other genres or provide services to the underserved community and in arts education are encouraged to apply. Qualified arts and cultural-based individuals may use CARES funds for salary, artist fees, space rental, marketing, equipment rental,  and supplies, etc. for pre-existing or pre-planned projects that were interrupted or delayed due to COVID-19. Awards to individuals could include presentations, training, research, and/or creation of an artwork, with tangible outcomes or a stipend to the artist for the work undertaken and completed.

Potential grantees may apply for up to $5,000 in relief funds. These funds do not require a match. 

Eligible individuals may apply online at http://guamcouncilontheartsand humanities.submittable.com/. We recommend that you use a computer, rather than a mobile device, to complete the Submittable application. Applications will be reviewed by a panel at regular intervals and will be considered based on need and merit. We will review submissions and notify applicants as expeditiously as possible. We will continue accepting applications until grant funds are no longer available. Due to limited funds, we may not be able to fund all eligible applicants. 

Who is Eligible? Individual artists eligible for the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Program:

  1. Must be at least 18 years of age
  2. Must be a Resident of Guam based in Guam for at least 1 year
  3. A U.S. Citizen or a permanent resident
  4. Have a demonstrated professional commitment to the arts.
  5. Have a Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer      Identification Number (ITIN)
  6. Are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic


Ineligible Individual Artist Applicants - The following types of individual artists are not eligible to apply:

1. Individuals enrolled in high school or any type of undergraduate or graduate degree-granting program at the date of application 

2. Individuals who have been physically located or residing out of Guam for less than 1 year immediately prior to the date of application opening

3.  Artist groups including bands, artist collaboratives, and artist collectives 

4. Guam CAHA grantees with an outstanding final report or placement on a department funding moratorium

These funds may not be used for:

1. Building renovation, maintenance of facilities, or capital expenditures 

2. Off-island travel 

3. Purchase of permanent equipment  

4. Projects completed prior to application

5. Replacement funds normally budgeted for the project. 

6. Tuition replacement for college/ university study 

7. Scholarships 

8. Deficits incurred from past activities 

9. Entertainment or refreshments  

10. Printing of Publications 

Review Criteria - Individual Artist Applicants - Eligible applications will be reviewed. To maintain equitable access to available funds, the following funding priorities will be considered:

1. Demonstration of need and loss of opportunity

2. Demonstration of activity as a Guam artist or arts worker engaged directly in the production of works of art or arts and cultural events

3. Evidence of an artistic career

4. Order of submission

Matching Requirements

There are no matching requirements

Award Amounts

Awards may be up to $5,000

How Do I Prepare to Apply?

  1. Make sure you are eligible. Please carefully review the eligibility criteria above.
  2. In the application, we’ll ask you to describe the cultural or arts-based work you do in the community.  
  3. We’ll ask about the ways in which you have been financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

After Award Notification If you are awarded funds and accept them, we will notify you when the check is ready. In accepting funds, you agree to submit interim and/or final grant reports to CAHA online via the Submittable platform. We will ask for brief narrative and financial reports, as well as submission of communications material and collateral for programs and events that use CARES Act Emergency Relief funding from our grant program. Deadlines for these reports will be given to you in your acceptance materials. In accepting funds, you also agree to acknowledge CAHA, National Endowment for the Arts, and the CARES Act, and use CAHA and NEA logos, in written and promotional materials related to CARES Act grants and grant-funded programs. 

Other Resources 

Humanities Guahan http://humanitiesguahan.org/programs/community-grants 

Guam Economic Development Authority http://www.investguam.com/coronavirus/ 

U.S. Small Business Administration https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources

Contact 

For more information about this grant opportunity or other CAHA grant opportunities and programs, please contact Program Officer Jackie Balbas at jacqueline.balbas@caha.guam.gov. 

If you have technical questions, please reach out to Submittable's Customer Support team at support@submittable.com.

CAHA CARES Act Emergency Relief Funding Program for Arts and Cultural Nonprofit Organizations provide support for arts & cultural based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in Guam that are experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Potential grantees may apply for up to $10,000 in relief funds. These funds do not require a match. 

The grant program for Arts & Cultural Nonprofit organization  is one of three grant opportunities in the CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant Program. 

The CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant Program is funded through the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed on March 27, 2020. The National Endowment for the Arts received $75 million in CARES Act funding to assist arts & cultural institutions affected by the coronavirus. The NEA distributed 40% of this funding to 56 state and territorial arts councils, including CAHA, to support local public arts programs. Cultural and arts-based nonprofit organizations may use relief funds for general operating expenses (including rent, payroll, and overhead) and pre-existing or pre-planned programming. Small organizations with limited resources or limited access to support, as well as organizations that serve underserved communities, are encouraged to apply.  

Eligible organizations should apply online at guamcouncilontheartsandhumanities.submittable.com/ 

We recommend that you use a computer, rather than a mobile device, to complete the Submittable application.  

Applications will be reviewed by a panel at regular intervals and will be considered based on need and merit. We will review submissions and notify applicants as expeditiously as possible. We will continue accepting applications until grant funds are no longer available. Due to limited funds, we may not be able to fund all eligible applicants.

Who is Eligible? 

Organizations that are eligible for the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Program:

  1. Are based in Guam
  2. Are recognized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit by the Government of Guam, the U.S. federal government, or both
  3. Have a DUNS Number - If you have submitted a request for a DUNS Number but it has not yet been processed by Dun & Bradstreet, you may still apply to our grant program. Please prepare to upload PDF or screenshot of an email or other confirmation that Dun & Bradstreet received your request. You must have a DUNS number prior to the distribution of any grant funds.
  4. Have an EIN
  5. Are an arts/culture - based organization
  6. Are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
  7. Have a Board of Directors
  8. Have a Fiscal Agent  

Those who are not eligible to apply include:

  1. Individuals
  2. For profit organizations
  3. Political or advocacy organizations
  4. Organizations solely focused on the humanities  [We recommend seeking funding opportunities with Humanities Guahan for humanities based organizations]
  5. Government agencies, universities, colleges, academic departments
  6. Organizations that have been suspended or debarred by the federal government
  7. Organizations that are delinquent on federal debt  

These funds may not be used for:

  1. Overlapping costs with other sources of grant relief or support
  2. Purchase of land or facilities, construction or renovation
  3. Partisan objectives or advocacy  

How Do I Prepare to Apply?

  1. Make sure you are eligible. Please carefully review the eligibility criteria above.
  2. Register for a DUNS number if your organization does not have one already . A DUNS number is  a unique 9-digit number that helps the federal government track how federal money is allocated.  A DUNS number may take up to two business days to obtain. Please register as soon as  possible. If you have submitted a request for a DUNS Number but it has not yet been processed  by Dun & Bradstreet, you may still apply to our grant program. Please prepare to upload a PDF  or screenshot of an email or other confirmation that Dun & Bradstreet received your request.  You must have a DUNS number prior to the distribution of any grant funds. You can get started  here:  https://www.grants.gov/applicants/organization-registration/step-1-obtain-duns-number.html
  3. Have your organization’s most recently filed Form 990 handy . This form will help us understand  more about the financial status of your organization. Your organization’s Form 990 can also help  you answer questions about your EIN and 501(c)(3) status. A digital version of your Form 990 is  required as part of your online application, and will be uploaded and stored on Submittable’s  secure platform. Learn more about Submittable’s security certifications and features here:  https://www.submittable.com/security/ . Learn more about the Form 990 here:  https://www.irs.gov/forms-pubs/about-form-990
  4. Choose your team members . Choose the Primary Contact, Authorizing Official, and Fiscal Agent  for your application. Please provide at least two names with contact information for this  application. The Primary Contact may be the same person as the Authorizing Official or the  Fiscal Agent. If the Primary Contact and Authorizing Official are not the same person, they will  both be required to electronically sign the online application.  ○ The Primary Contact receives communications and any follow up questions from us.  ○ The Authorizing Official is a person authorized to sign legal agreements for your  organization.  ○ The Fiscal Agent has financial experience with the organization’s accounts and is able to  submit financial reports for this grant program.
  5. Review your organization’s connections to the arts. In the application, we’ll ask you to  describe the cultural or arts-based work your organization does for our community.
  6. Review your organization’s financial situation . We’ll ask about the ways in which your  organization has been financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ll also ask for the  amount of your annual operating budget and the size of your paid staff.

After Award Notification  If you are awarded funds and accept them, we will notify you when the check is ready.   In accepting funds, you agree to submit interim and/or final grant reports to CAHA online via the Submittable platform. We will ask for brief narrative and financial reports, as well as submission of communications material and collateral for programs and events that use CARES Act Emergency Relief funding from our grant program. Deadlines for these reports will be given to you in your acceptance materials. If your organization is raising additional funds for relief, we may ask you to provide information on these funds in final reports.  In accepting funds, you also agree to acknowledge CAHA, National Endowment for the  Arts, and the CARES Act, and use CAHA and NEA logos, in written and promotional materials related to CARES Act grants and grant-funded programs. 

Other Resources  

The National Endowment for the Arts  https://www.arts.gov/  

Humanities Guahan  http://humanitiesguahan.org/programs/community-grants   

Guam Economic Development Authority  http://www.investguam.com/coronavirus/   

U.S. Small Business Administration  https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources   

Contact  

For more information about this grant opportunity or other CAHA grant opportunities and programs, please contact Program Officer Jackie Balbas at jacqueline.balbas@caha.guam.gov.   

If you have technical questions, please reach out to Submittable's Customer Support team at support@submittable.com.

CAHA CARES Grants for Other Nonprofits provide support for nonprofit organizations that are not  Arts & Cultural cultural-based nonprofit organizations in Guam that  have arts-based programming scheduled for 2020 and are experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Potential grantees may apply for up to $10,000 in relief funds. These funds do not require a match. 

CAHA CARES Grants for Other Nonprofits is one of three grant opportunities in the CAHA CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant Program. The CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant Program is funded through the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed on March 27, 2020. The National Endowment for the Arts received $75 million in CARES Act funding to assist arts & cultural institutions affected by the coronavirus. The NEA distributed 40% of this funding to 56 state and territorial arts councils, including CAHA, to support local public arts & cultural programming. 

Small organizations with limited resources or limited access to support, as well as organizations that serve underserved communities, are encouraged to apply.  Eligible organizations may apply online. We recommend that you use a computer, rather than a mobile device, to complete the Submittable application.  

Applications will be reviewed by a panel at regular intervals and will be considered based on need and merit. We will review submissions and notify applicants as expeditiously as possible. We will continue accepting applications until grant funds are no longer available. Due to limited funds, we may not be able to fund all eligible applicants.

Who is Eligible? Organizations that are eligible for the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Program:
 

  1. Are based in Guam
  2. Are recognized as a nonprofit by the Government of Guam, the U.S. federal government, or both
  3. Have a DUNS Number - If you have submitted a request for a DUNS Number but it has not yet been processed by Dun & Bradstreet, you may still apply to our grant program. Please prepare to upload PDF or screenshot of an email or other confirmation that Dun & Bradstreet received your request. You must have a DUNS number prior to the distribution of any grant funds.
  4. Have an EIN
  5. Have arts programming scheduled for 2020
  6. Are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
  7. Have a Board of Directors
  8. Have a Fiscal Agent  


 Those who are not eligible to apply include:

  1. Individuals
  2. For profit organizations
  3. Political or advocacy organizations
  4. Organizations solely focused on the humanities  [We recommend seeking funding opportunities with Humanities Guahan for humanities based organizations]
  5. Government agencies, universities, colleges, academic departments
  6. Organizations that have been suspended or debarred by the federal government
  7. Organizations that are delinquent on federal debt  

 

These funds may not be used for:

  1. Overlapping costs with other sources of grant relief or support
  2. Purchase of land or facilities, construction or renovation
  3. Partisan objectives or advocacy  

 

How Do I Prepare to Apply?

  1. Make sure you are eligible. Please carefully review the eligibility criteria above.
  2. Register for a DUNS number if your organization does not have one already . A DUNS number is  a unique 9-digit number that helps the federal government track how federal money is allocated.  A DUNS number may take up to two business days to obtain. Please register as soon as  possible. If you have submitted a request for a DUNS Number but it has not yet been processed  by Dun & Bradstreet, you may still apply to our grant program. Please prepare to upload a PDF  or screenshot of an email or other confirmation that Dun & Bradstreet received your request.  You must have a DUNS number prior to the distribution of any grant funds. You can get started  here:  https://www.grants.gov/applicants/organization-registration/step-1-obtain-duns-number.html
  3. Have your organization’s most recently filed Form 990 handy . This form will help us understand  more about the financial status of your organization. Your organization’s Form 990 can also help  you answer questions about your EIN and 501(c)(3) status. A digital version of your Form 990 is  required as part of your online application, and will be uploaded and stored on Submittable’s  secure platform. Learn more about Submittable’s security certifications and features here:  https://www.submittable.com/security/ . Learn more about the Form 990 here:  https://www.irs.gov/forms-pubs/about-form-990
  4. Choose your team members . Choose the Primary Contact, Authorizing Official, and Fiscal Agent  for your application. Please provide at least two names with contact information for this  application. The Primary Contact may be the same person as the Authorizing Official or the  Fiscal Agent. If the Primary Contact and Authorizing Official are not the same person, they will  both be required to electronically sign the online application.  The Primary Contact receives communications and any follow up questions from us.  The Authorizing Official is a person authorized to sign legal agreements for your  organization.  The Fiscal Agent has financial experience with the organization’s accounts and is able to  submit financial reports for this grant program.
  5. Review your organization’s connections to the arts. In the application, we’ll ask you to  describe the cultural or arts-based work your organization does for our community.
  6. Review your organization’s financial situation . We’ll ask about the ways in which your  organization has been financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ll also ask for the  amount of your annual operating budget and the size of your paid staff.


After Award Notification  If you are awarded funds and accept them, we will notify you when the check is ready.   In accepting funds, you agree to submit interim and/or final grant reports to CAHA online via the Submittable platform. We will ask for brief narrative and financial reports, as well as submission of communications material and collateral for programs and events that use CARES Act Emergency Relief funding from our grant program. Deadlines for these reports will be given to you in your acceptance materials. If your organization is raising additional funds for relief, we may ask you to provide information on these funds in final reports.  In accepting funds, you also agree to acknowledge CAHA, National Endowment for the  Arts, and the CARES Act, and use CAHA and NEA logos, in written and promotional materials related to CARES Act grants and grant-funded programs.

Other Resources
The National Endowment for the Arts  https://www.arts.gov/  
Humanities Guahan  http://humanitiesguahan.org/programs/community-grants   
Guam Economic Development Authority  http://www.investguam.com/coronavirus/   
U.S. Small Business Administration  https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources   

Contact  
For more information about this grant opportunity or other CAHA grant opportunities and programs, please contact Program Officer Jackie Balbas at jacqueline.balbas@caha.guam.gov.   
If you have technical questions, please reach out to Submittable's Customer Support team at support@submittable.com.

Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities