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Community Project Grant

Grants to Colorado Nonprofits, For-Profits, and Individuals
for Arts and Cultural Activities that Benefit Local Residents

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Boulder Arts Commission (BAC)

Deadline Date:

02/17/20 11:59 PM


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Grants to Colorado nonprofit organizations, artists and other individuals, and for-profit community-focused organizations for arts and cultural programming. Funding is intended to benefit the community, foster a supportive atmosphere for artists, develop the City's creative identity and cultural vibrancy, and increase culture and creativity in the public realm. Programs must benefit the City of Boulder.

Though anyone may apply, preference is given through the panel process to organizations that are based in, or focused on, the Boulder community.

Community Project Grant: Encourage innovation and exploration in order to achieve progress on the Community Priorities from Boulder’s Community Cultural Plan:

Community Project Grants

  1. Support the resiliency and sustainability of cultural organizations to enhance their ability to benefit the community.
  2. Create a supportive environment for artists and creative professionals, while fostering innovative thinking and leadership among them.
  3. Prioritize the civic dialogue about the ability of culture to positively contribute to the economy, social offerings, the environment, and the authentic expression of diversity.
  4. Develop Boulder’s creative identity in becoming an innovative world leader in cultural matters and project that identity to the region and the world.
  5. Focus on the expression of culture and creativity in the public realm through public art, the urban landscape, culture in the neighborhoods, and serendipitous encounters with the arts.
  6. Amplify the vibrancy of Boulder’s cultural destinations: the lively mix of museums, performance venues, events, districts, studios, maker spaces, and other facilities that make Boulder an enticing place to visit, live, play, and work. Fill in the gaps and address issues of access and affordability.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178126

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Number of Grants:

Community Projects - Orgs 6; Community Projects – Indv 5

Estimated Size of Grant:

The award amount of $10,000 for organizations or $5,000 for individuals is the maximum grant offered. Smaller requests will be accepted.

Term of Contract:

Projects must take place after the grant funding decision.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Anyone may apply once the general eligibility requirements are met, including individuals, artists, non-profit organizations, organizations with pending non-profit status, fiscally sponsored organizations and for-profit organizations with a community focus. Organizations not headquartered in Boulder may be considered (refer to Panel Evaluation question entitled Boulder Focus:

General Eligibility Requirements:
- Contractual Age. All applicants must be of legal contractual age as defined by the state of Colorado (18 years).
- City of Boulder Conflict of Interest Policy. City employees are not eligible to receive grant funding.
- Good Standing. Applicants must be in good standing with the Boulder Arts Commission having met agreed-upon deadlines for any previous BAC-sponsored project, and/or can demonstrate good faith efforts to comply with BAC requests regarding previous projects.
- Compliance with Law and Policy. All applicants, organizations, and the content of all projects must comply with the ordinances and policies of The City of Boulder.
- Service Area. The product (performance, piece of art, etc.) funded in whole or in part by the BAC must be provided to the Boulder community. Any product that receives other funding may be held in another municipality or area, provided that at least one performance is provided within Boulder Valley, as defined in the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan, and is for the direct benefit of the Boulder community.

Exclusions. Funds will not be provided for: projects that have occurred before the grant funding decisions have been made, the purchase of alcohol or marijuana, debt reduction, capital construction, creating or building endowments, acquisition of real estate, political activity, programming that promotes a single religion over others, or re-granting of the funds.

Pre-Application Information:

- Deadline to Submit Applications – Individuals: Monday, January 20, 2020 at 11:59 P.M.
- Deadline to Submit Applications – Organizations: Monday, February 17, 2020 at 11:59 P.M.

- Complete the application by 11:59 p.m. on the day of the deadline.
- Look for an automated email message confirming receipt of your application.

Final funding decisions are made at public Boulder Arts Commission meetings. See schedule for details:

Contact the grants coordinator with any questions you may have on the application or process.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Lauren Click, Coordinator, Grants

Office of Arts and Culture
Boulder Main Public Library
1001 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder, CO 80302

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