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P.S. You Are Here Grant Program

Grants to Colorado Nonprofits, For-Profits, and Neighborhood,
Business and Arts Groups for Projects that Benefit Residents

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Denver Arts and Venues

Deadline Date:

10/16/20 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Colorado nonprofit and for-profit organizations, neighborhood groups, business associations, and arts districts for community projects that benefit neighborhoods. Funding is intended for community-driven and collaborative placemaking projects that activate city-owned, outdoor public spaces, defined as areas that are accessible and open to the public, such as an alley, park, plaza, or street. Crowdfunding and fundraising through community engagement activities is encouraged. Projects must benefit Denver residents.

Projects should be on display from three months up to one year, highly visible, physical in nature, and can include but are not limited to: design interventions, community projects, artistic interpretations and public art, streetscaping, landscaping, and functioning public amenities such as decorative benches, tables and bicycle racks.

The goal of the program is to support placemaking and neighborhood revitalization projects that:  

  • Enrich the lives of Denver residents and visitors by integrating arts, culture and creativity into daily life and neighborhoods and making them accessible for all
  • Foster community collaboration; encourage partnership among artists and creative industries, businesses, and non- and for-profit organizations
  • Accelerate economic vitality, inspire neighborhood revitalization, and promote our vibrant communities as a destination to live, work, and play
  • Inspire creative and innovative thinking, and showcase locally cultivated talent
  • Demonstrate cultural diversity, social equity and inclusiveness through the engagement of arts, culture and creativity in neighborhoods
  • Nurture and honor community identity and heritage; preserve and commemorate local and multicultural traditions and histories
  • Animate and rejuvenate public spaces 
  • Increase public safety and awareness
  • Capitalize on community assets and identity
  • Create public spaces that promote health, happiness and wellbeing

Proposals will be accepted and considered for projects that:

  • Are located in an outdoor, public space within the City and County of Denver, and are consistent with city policies and adopted neighborhood plans
  • Have a project director who will initiate, plan, implement and be directly impacted by the project
  • Align with the program’s goals and objectives, and are highly collaborative and demonstrate a capacity to build a stronger and healthier community within a neighborhood
  • Are physical, tangible structures that could inspire long-term, sustainable change in public places
  • Are on display for a minimum of three months and a requested maximum of one year (timelines may be flexible on a case-by-case basis)
  • Are free and open to all members of the public
  • Demonstrate a 1:1 match of resources including volunteer labor, donated materials, professional services or cash
  • Can engage multiples sites or spaces within a Denver corridor or neighborhood
  • Comply with applicable design standards for accessibility based on the Americans with Disability Act (ADA)

For a list of eligible expenses, see the URL for Full Text below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186510

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding requests may be up to $10,000 per project.

Term of Contract:

The 2020 funding goal is 7-10 projects.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible, primary applicants must be place-based entities such as:
- Registered Neighborhood Association (RNO) or neighborhood-based group
- Business Improvement District, Maintenance District, Business Association or Chamber of Commerce, etc.
- Art or creative district
- Business or placed-based organizations (non- and for-profit)

The following INELIGIBLE applicants may participate through endorsement or partnership with the above eligible applicants, but may not apply directly:
- Religious organizations, government agencies, political groups, district councils, hospitals, newspapers or schools
- Non place-based organizations, businesses, ad-hoc groups or individuals

Project funds may not be used for:
- Projects on private property (unless combined with public spaces project)
- Projects that have restricted participation and public access on the basis of race, gender, creed, origin, age, disability
- Neighborhood entrance signage or wayfinding
- Purchase of facilities
- Projects that do not include a highly visible physical element
- Maintenance, operation or retroactive funding of existing projects
- Activities that are not tied directly to program objectives
- Re-granting
- Fundraising activities
- General operating expenses and activities
- Festivals or general events
- Surveys or studies
- Financial awards
- Cash reserves and endowments
- Food and beverage

Pre-Application Information:

2020 Timeline
- Call for proposals: September 4 – October 16, 2020
- Submission deadline: 5 p.m. on October 16
- Award Notification: November 2020

Proposals for the P.S. You Are Here grant will only be accepted if the application form is completed and submitted online. Applications must include a minimum of one letter of endorsement (formal letter or email) from area council person, registered neighborhood association, business association or other place-based community organization.

Grants must be matched 1:1 by applicants through cash or in-kind contributions (goods or services), volunteer time by a professional (valued at $20/hour). The required match does not need to be confirmed at the time of application but must be verified prior to the funding and implementation period.

All projects require a funding agreement between the grantee and the City of Denver. Typically award money is paid out in two parts, (1) after a contract between the City of Denver and the grantee has been completed (up to 60 days from approval date) and (2) near completion or execution.

Application toolkit:

Contact Information:

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

To apply:

Staff contact:
Lisa Gedgaudas, Denver Arts & Venues

Brendan Picker, Denver Arts & Venues

For project specific inquiries you can also reach members of our committee directly:
- Denver Parks & Recreation: Mark Tabor, 720-913-0662
- Denver Public Works: Karen Good,, 720-865-3162
- Community Planning, Neighborhood plans and ideas: Steve Chester,, 720-865-2926
- Insurance & Risk Assessment: Devron McMillin,, 720-913-3345

Denver Arts & Venues
1345 Champa St.
Denver, CO 80204
TTY: Call 7-1-1

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