2017 Grants Program

2018 grants are now open for application! Visit the 2018 Grants Program page for information.

Operating Grants

To bolster the sustainability of the community’s cultural organizations, a system of operational grants is a priority for the cultural grants program.  This system of institutional funding supports the Community Priorities and goals in the Community Cultural Plan. 

Operational Grants cover day-to-day activities or ongoing expenses such as administrative salaries, utilities, office supplies, technology maintenance, etc., as well as for project costs, technology purchases, and professional development.

Project Grants

Community Project Grant: Encourage innovation and exploration in order to achieve progress on these Community Priorities.

Arts Education Project Grant: Increase exposure of students to unique experiences that may shape their future in cultural participation and creative careers.


Macky Free Rental: 16 rent-free days to facilitate and assist cultural groups perform at Macky. Supplementary grants from are also available.

Rental Assistance Fund (Boulder Venues): Funds distributed to help with access and affordability.

Risk Capital Fund: To provide opportunities for creative professionals and businesses to try new ideas and experiment.  

Arts Education Cultural Field Trips Fund: Funding for Title 1 school children to visit Boulder’s arts institutions and cultural destinations.

Encouraging leadership and the sharing of good practices through professional development will advance our creative economy, support professionals and businesses, and enhance cultural dialog.


Photo 1: Boulder Philharmonic and Frequent Flyers at Macky
Photo 2: Alex Milewski from Block 1750
Photo 3: Detail of Painting by Bridge House Client Richard Lake
Photo 4: Camp Shakespeare: Each summer, kids 10-18 study Shakespeare with CSF professionals.
Photo 5: Boulder Philharmonic Performing at Macky Auditorium
Photo 6: Boulder Theater Marquee
Photo 7: square product theater’s award-winning production of Andrew Hobgood & Evan Linder’s 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche
Photo 8: Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art’s Contemporary Classrooom program
Photo 9: Shoes made by Alexa Allen at the School of Shoemaking and Design in Ashland, Oregon