Frequently Asked Questions

I have a great idea but I don't know how I will come up with the money to pay rent. Should I still apply?

Yes. H-Space is interested in supporting local entrepreneurs, arts organizations, artists, new businesses, and rising movers-and-shakers. Sometime this means rental fees are assessed on a variable scale and sometimes this means H-Space will offer guidance and fiscal sponsorship for grant applications for individual projects.

Do I have to live in Washington, D.C.?

No. The space is open to anyone who is willing to relocate to Washington, D.C. for the three month duration of their project but special consideration will be paid to projects that actively engage with the city or neighborhood.

I understand that there are apartments in the building for artists. If I am an artist from out of town who has been awarded a spot at H-Space can I also rent one of your apartments?

No. There are apartments upstairs but they are occupied. H-Space does not provide housing.

Are there any limits to what I can use the space for?

H-Space should not be used as a place to sleep or a studio space but other than that, we are open to your ideas. It is important to keep in mind that H-Space is located on the bottom floor of a residential building so high levels of noise, heavy machinery, toxic fumes, or fire risk are not permitted and loud events after 9pm will be prohibited without prior approval. All activities in the space in the adjoining alley must comply with all Washington, D.C. laws and codes.

Is there a financial award associated with H-Space?

While this is something we would like to offer in the future, we are unable to offer a financial awards with the residency at this time. Rent is determined through a variable structure based on project and business type.

ARTIST PROJECT:       $1176/month (*40%)
NON-PROFIT:            $1765/month (*60%)
BUSINESS:                  $2354/month (*80%)

*% of the standard retail space rental rate in the Shaw/ U Street Corridor

If you have a great idea but are reluctant to apply because you aren’t sure where you will come up with the rent, we still want to hear from you. H-Space would be happy to act as a fiscal sponsor and work with you to apply for grants and funding once your project is selected.

What are my responsibilities as a renter at H-Space?

  • H-Space should be open to the public an average of 10 hours per week. This can include regular business hours and events.

  • H-Space Rental Fee

  • Maintain weekly schedule on the internal H-Space calendar to inform and coordinate with H-Space Program Manager of events and open hours for cross promotional purposes.

  • Bi-Weekly check-in meetings with H-Space Program Manager

  • Willingness to work with H-Space staff to hold public events and other H-space related community events in conjunction with your time at H-Space.

  • H-Space staff will request to hold meetings or programming in the space when you are not actively using it. To minimize disturbance to renter’s regular activities, H-Space staff will provide at least a week advance notice for such requests.

  • Submit a final report outlining what you've accomplished during your time at H-Space.

Is H-Space similar to a shared co-working space?

No. Once you are accepted for a residency at H-Space the space is yours. If you would like to apply with another person, organization or business to test out a partnership or collaboration in the space that is certainly encouraged but that is entirely up to you.

I'm planning out what I'll need to furnish and build out the space to fit my needs. What does H-Space provide?

H-Space is fully customizable to fit your needs. The space comes with 20 folding chairs, 2 47 1/4x23 5/8 " tables, a space to hang coats and a kitchenette.