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Arts in Society Grant

Grants to Colorado Nonprofits, Agencies, Artists, and IHEs
for Art and Culture Projects Addressing Social Issues

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Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT)

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09/14/21 12:00 PM


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Grants of up to $35,000 to Colorado nonprofit organizations, artists, government agencies, IHEs, and schools for art projects that promote solutions to social issues. Applicants should submit a letter of interest prior to applying. Funding is intended to support projects that utilize arts and culture in addressing civic, social, environmental, and health problems within the local community. Funds may be used for activities promoting social justice and community welfare, including, but not limited to, projects responding to COVID-19 related needs.

Arts in Society funds projects that integrate arts and culture with other disciplines to improve the health and well-being of Coloradans. Qualifying projects will engage arts organizations and artists as partners in illuminating and finding solutions to a wide array of civic and social challenges in communities across Colorado. The grant provides both financial and organizational support. 

Arts in Society funds cross-sector work through the arts, and specifically looks for projects that demonstrate a high level of collaboration between artists, organizations, and a target community to address a problem or social justice issue. This type of work is sometimes referred to as Arts &. The term implies the utilization of arts and culture as an integral part of creating solutions to civic, social, environmental, and health problems. 

When applying, applicants need to:

  • Have an arts idea that engages a social issue
  • Have a project in which artists, organizations, and a target community work together to address a problem or social justice issue

Grantees will benefit from the following resources:

  • Learning Community Meetings: Attend learning community meetings where they will meet other grantees from across the state during the first year of funding to build a support network and share resources and expertise
  • Mini-Documentaries: Have a mini-documentary made highlighting their work
  • Evaluation Support: Participate in evaluation processes that measure and help to illustrate the impacts of the arts in cross-sector projects
  • Marketing and Communications: Have their work promoted through Arts and Society marketing channels including Facebook, Instagram, and a blog

For further details on the above resources, see the Apply for a Grant page found in Pre-Application Information below. 

Examples of past projects include:

  • A dancer working in a hospital system to bring awareness to nurse burnout and compassion fatigue
  • A community organization coalition using art to engage neighbors in participatory budgeting
  • The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment working with artists to communicate the priorities of its public health improvement plan

For a detailed explanation of how aesthetics will be considered in relationship to proposed projects, see Animating Democracy's Aesthetic Perspectives: Attributes for Excellence in Arts for Change (listed in Supporting Documents below). 

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GrantWatch ID#: 197462

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will range in size from $5,000-$35,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed within 24 months of receiving funding; projects must completed by December 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications are encouraged from individual artists and from non-arts organizations. (You do not need to be an arts organization to apply for the grant.) This grant is for Colorado:
Nonprofit organizations
Universities and schools
Government agencies
Human service groups
Neighborhood organizations
Healthcare organizations

When you apply, you need to:
- Be a nonprofit or an individual residing in Colorado or work with an organization in Colorado

Primary applicants must be from Colorado. If an organization or artist outside the state of Colorado is interested in applying, they must partner with an organization within the state in order to be eligible. A fiscal sponsor does not count as a “partner”. Partner organizations must play a critical role in the implementation of the project.

Previous Arts in Society grant recipients are welcome to apply.

This grant does not fund capital projects such as a facility renovation or construction.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An Arts in Society Info Session will take place on Tuesday, August 17th, from Noon - 1pm MST on Zoom.

To register:

Pre-Application Information:

- Summer 2021: Applications open for letters of interest
- July to August: Information sessions are offered
- September 14, 2021: Applications close at 12:00 pm
- December 2021: Awards are distributed

RedLine Contemporary Arts Center manages the application process. Applications open every summer. The application deadline is typically in September. This year, the deadline to submit is September 14, 2021.

Grants will be announced in November 2021.

You may submit as many letters of interest as you wish. However, each letter should be for a different project. You are encouraged to submit your strongest ideas.

Please note that all grantees will be required to participate in a series (3 per year) of convenings to discuss what they’ve learned through the process of implementing their projects. Learning Community Meetings (LCMs) will be held at RedLine. Grantees are invited to bring up to three individuals from their project to each Learning Community Meeting. A travel stipend of $300/LCM will be provided to non-metro grantees traveling more than 180 miles. If you are located outside of the metro area, you are encouraged to budget travel expenses for LCMs into your project budget. Due to Covid-19 all Learning Community Meetings will take place over Zoom until further notice.

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

For further information about the program and to apply online:

For information, please contact:
Lares Feliciano
Art Grants Manager

Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT)
1600 Broadway, Ste. 2500
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 892-3840

Program Manager:
Redline Contemporary Art Center
(303) 296-4448

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