2017 Operational Grants: Large Organizations

Frequent Flyers at Macky

Boulder Philharmonic and Frequent Flyers at Macky


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 within the “Support for Cultural Organizations” strategy. [Link  See Pages 19-20]

Operating grants may be used to 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. Some restrictions apply, see Exclusions under “General Eligibility Requirements.”

Total Funds: $60,000

Awards: 3 @ $20,000 for 2 years

Cycle: *One-time interim cycle

* Note: This will allow organizations that receive these grants to apply in the 2019 triennial cycle.


  • Cultural organizations with annual revenues greater than $200,000 (according to the latest 990 tax documents made available on the IRS website) are invited to apply.
  • Once an applicant is approved to receive an Operating Grant, the approval would be valid for two one-year terms.
  • Reporting twice a year, the organizations will be responsible for providing the Boulder Arts Commission with necessary information to track progress on their stated evaluation. Due to the rules of the City budget, the commitment is made for only one year at a time. At the end of each year, the Boulder Arts Commission will certify that the grant continues into the next year.
  • At each November meeting of the Boulder Arts Commission, when the city budget is identified, staff will build recommendations on allocations for the following year. This may include increases or decreases to the award allocations for grant recipients in proportion to the overall change of the budget of the Office of Arts Culture. At that time, the Boulder Arts Commission may also choose to review specific organizations that may have defaulted on the terms of their award in order to advise staff to take action.
  • In 2018, as preparations begin for the next triennial cycle, a new roster of organizations to invite will be established and a new cycle initiated.
BMoCA + Swoon International Artists Residency: Tomoko Sauvage

BMoCA + Swoon International Artists Residency: Tomoko Sauvage

Eligibility Criteria

General Eligibility. Meets all general eligibility requirements.
Budget Threshold. Cultural organizations with annual revenues greater than $200,000.
Service Area and Programming. Must be able to demonstrate that a majority of the organization’s programming takes place in the City of Boulder and that the programming meets the criteria described in the Chapter 14-1-2 of the City of Boulder Revised Code. The organization must also demonstrate that they are headquartered in  Boulder and have been conducting this programming in Boulder for at least five years.
Non Profit Verification. Applicants must provide formal IRS documentation of their 501(c)3 status. This letter must be dated previous to the last five years. See a sample of this document.
Consistent Management. The organization must have consistent management with no planned or expected changes to leadership during the term of the funding.

Jury Evaluation Criteria

Capacity Building
Community Priorities
Proposed Outcomes and Evaluation Strategy
Artistic Excellence

The full scoring rubric for the Large General Operating Support Grants can be found through this link.

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. The appeals process can be found on this page.


Applications for 2017 Large General Operating Support Grants are now closed. Awarded proposals can be found on this page. Check back in fall 2017 for the new deadlines.

More Information

Operating Grant (Large Organizations) Guidelines  / Process
General Eligibility Requirements
2017 Grant Application Schedule, General Guidelines & Process
Grant FAQs