2017 Community Project Grants

Painting created by Bridge House client Richard Lake

Painting created by Bridge House client Richard Lake


The Community Cultural Plan identifies a set of “Community Priorities” derived directly from the hopes and aspirations of Boulder’s residents:

A.     Support the resiliency and sustainability of cultural organizations to enhance their ability to benefit the community.
B.     Create a supportive environment for artists and creative professionals, while fostering innovative thinking and leadership among them.
C.     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.
D.    Develop Boulder’s creative identity in becoming an innovative world leader in cultural matters and project that identity to the region and the world.
E.     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.
F.    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.

These complex issues are the most important initiatives we can work on as a cultural community in the coming years. The purpose of the Community Projects grant is to encourage innovation and exploration in order to achieve progress on these Community Priorities.

Total Funds: $70,000
Awards: 6 @ maximum $10,000 each; ***Opportunity Grant- 1 @ maximum $10,000
Details: The award amount of $10,000 is a maximum funding guideline. Smaller requests will be accepted.
Cycle: Annually

***Opportunity Grant: This grant is open to first time applicants or applicants who have not received a BAC grant in the last 5 years.

 Eligibility Criteria

General Eligibility. Meets all general eligibility requirements.

Open to All. Anyone may apply once the General Eligibility Guidelines 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 Jury Evaluation question # 6).

Service area and Programming.  Projects must have a significant component of public programming that takes place in the city limits of Boulder and that the programming meets the criteria described in the Chapter 14-1-2 of the City of Boulder Revised Code.

□  Projects must take place after the grant funding decision and be completed by June 30, 2018.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Community Priorities 
  • Cultural Offerings 
  • Full Access 
  • Proposed Outcomes and Evaluation Strategy 
  • Artistic Excellence 
  • Boulder Focus 
  • Equity

The full scoring rubric for the Community Project Grant can be found at http://boulderarts.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Scoring-System.pdf

Appeals Process

Written Appeals Process. The deadline for a written appeal is 14 days after funding decisions has been made by the Boulder Arts Commission (BAC). The appeals process can be found at http://boulderarts.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Appeals-Process.pdf


DEADLINE TO SUBMIT APPLICATION: CLOSED Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 5 p.m. 

January 5 – 11 Review by staff for eligibility. Revision by applicants if necessary.
January 12 – February 1 Preliminary review and score by jury panel. (20 days)
February 2 – 8 Score processing by staff.
February 8 Preliminary scores posted online.
February 8 – 15 Applicants prepare 3-minute optional presentation.
February 15: Arts Commission Meeting – Presentations by applicants; jury rescore; discussion and final decisions on grants.


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