2019 Arts Education Project Grants

Studio Arts Boulder YSI Class. Photo credit Adam Palazzari.

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The Arts Education Project Grant provides opportunities for children in the City of Boulder to have unique experiences with practicing artists, access to tools and techniques, or improved instruction in the creative professions.  The goal of the grant is to increase the exposure of students to unique and memorable experiences that may shape their future in cultural participation and creative careers.

How to Apply

  1. Review the below information in full.
  2. Log onto the Boulder Arts Commission online grant portal. If you have not logged on before, make a profile. Applications must be submitted using our online grant applications. We encourage you to watch this training video for instructions on registering and applying online.
  3. Complete the application by 11:59 p.m. on the day of the deadline. The application consists of:
    1. Online application form.
    2. Budget.
    3. Partner/collaborator list.
    4. Venue letter.
    5. Letters of support.
    6. Additional documentation and materials.
  4. Look for an automated email message confirming receipt of your application.
  5. After the deadline, staff will send all applications to the panel for scoring and comments. The panel consists of the five City Council-appointed Boulder Arts Commissioners and four members of the community.
  6. You will receive notification that the panel’s scores and comments on your application are available. Please review their scores and comments and prepare a 3-minute presentation for the Arts Commission meeting on June 19, 2019.
  7. At the meeting, the panel will hear all applicant presentations. The panel will then rescore the applications, discuss the scores, and make final decisions on the grants.
  8. If you are awarded a grant, staff from the Office of Arts and Culture will contact you to complete any necessary paperwork.


Total Funds:  $30,000
Awards: Approximately 10 awards at $3,000 each
Details: The award amount of $3,000 is a maximum funding guideline. Smaller requests will be accepted.
Cycle:  Annual

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT APPLICATION: Monday, May 13, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

  • Monday, May 13 at 11:59 p.m. – Deadline for applications
  • May 13 to May 17 – Review by staff for eligibility and revision by applicants if necessary
  • May 17 to June 7 – Preliminary review and score by panel (22 days)
  • June 7 to June 12 – Score processing by staff
  • June 12 – Preliminary scores posted online
  • June 12 to June 19 – Applicants prepare 3-minute optional presentation for the Boulder Arts Commission meeting
  • June 19 – Arts Commission meeting. Presentations by applicants; panel rescore; discussion and final decisions on grants

Eligibility Criteria

  • General eligibility.  Meets all general eligibility requirements.
  • Open to educators, administrators, and presenters.  Classroom teachers and school administrators in public schools, private schools, home school associations, and non-traditional classroom settings, as well as artists / individuals / organizations collaborating with schools on programming are eligible.
  • Service area and programming.  Projects must have a demonstrated benefit to school children in the City of Boulder.
  • Projects must take place after the grant deadline and end before the end of the 2020 spring semester.

Review process

  • 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.
    • Benefit to students (Maximum 8 points)
    • Complementing curriculum (Maximum 8 points)
    • Proposed outcomes and evaluation strategy (Maximum 8 points)
    • Community Priorities (Maximum 8 points)
    • Cultural Equity (8 points)
    • Boulder focus (Maximum 4 points)
    • Encouragement points (Maximum 4 points)
  • The complete scoring system and rubric for the Arts Education Project Grant can be found here.


To preview 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.

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 here.


Preview the full report here.

To complete the grant report, log on to 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 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.

More Information

General Eligibility Requirements
2019 Grant Application Schedule
2019 Grant Scoring System and Rubric
General Grant Guidelines & Process
Grant FAQs