2018 Community Project Grants

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

1. Support the resiliency and sustainability of cultural organizations to enhance their ability to benefit the community.
2. Create a supportive environment for artists and creative professionals, while fostering innovative thinking and leadership among them.
3. 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.
4. Develop Boulder’s creative identity in becoming an innovative world leader in cultural matters and project that identity to the region and the world.
5. 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.
6. 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 Project grant is to encourage innovation and exploration in order to achieve progress on these Community Priorities.

Total funds: $80,000
Awards: Organizations $60,000 @ maximum $10,000 each // Individuals $20,000 @ maximum $5,000 each
Details: The award amount of $10,000 for organizations or $5,000 for individuals is the maximum grant offered. Smaller requests will be accepted.
Cycle: Annually.

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, 2019.

Review Process

  • Deliberation. Grant proposals are reviewed at Boulder Arts Commission meetings. See schedule.
  • Evaluation of applications. Funding in previous years does not imply continued support. Each application is reviewed anew in the context of current policies and applications. Applicants that have received repeated funding should be aware that the Boulder Arts Commission looks for indication of growth and a fresh approach to their work.
  • Evaluation criteria.
    • Community priorities (Maximum 8 points)
    • Cultural offerings (Maximum 8 points)
    • Full access (Maximum 8 points)
    • Proposed outcomes and evaluation strategy (Maximum 8 points)
    • Artistic excellence (Maximum 8 points)
    • Boulder focus (Maximum 4 points)
    • Encouragement points (Maximum 4 points)
    • Cultural equity (Maximum 4 points)
  • The full scoring rubric for the Community Project Grant can be found through this link.

Decision Timeline

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 5 p.m. – Deadline for applications.
Jan. 24 to Feb. 2 – Review by staff for eligibility and revision by applicants if necessary
Feb. 2 to Feb. 28 – Preliminary review and score by panel (26 days)
Feb. 28 to March 14 – Score processing by staff
March 14 – Preliminary scores posted online
March 14 to March 21 – Applicants prepare 3-minute optional presentation for the Arts Commission meeting
March 21 – Arts Commission Meeting. Presentations by applicants; panel rescore; discussion and final decisions on grants

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 through this link.


To preview the application and apply, log on to the Boulder Arts Commission grants software and complete the online grant application. The software is new for the Arts Commission as of Fall 2017, so you may need to make a new profile.


2017 grant report forms can be found through this link. After you you submit the report you’ll receive email confirmation and copy of the report via the email that you have included in the report.

2018 grant report forms are on the Boulder Arts Commission grants software. Log onto the same account used to apply for the grant, and look under ‘Follow Up Forms’ for the reporting form. After you you submit the report you’ll receive email confirmation and copy of the report via the email that you have included in the report.

Contact Lauren Click at clickl@boulderlibrary.org or 720-564-2355 if you do not receive email confirmation from either system.

More Information

Community Project Grant Guidelines / Process
General Eligibility Requirements
2018 Grant Application Schedule
2018 Grant Scoring System and Rubric
General Grant Guidelines & Process
Grant FAQs