2019 Community Project Grants

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Description

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.

Details

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: Annual

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS – INDIVIDUALS: Friday, January 18, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.
DEADLINE TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS – ORGANIZATIONS: Monday, February 11, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

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 the date scheduled.
  7. At the Commission 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.

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 Panel Evaluation question entitled Boulder Focus).
  • Service area and programming. Projects must have a significant component of public programming that takes place within the city limits of Boulder. This programming must meet 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, 2020.

Review Process

  • Grant proposals are reviewed by the Boulder Arts Commission grants panel, which is composed of the five Boulder Arts Commissioners and four members of the arts community. Final granting decisions are made at Boulder Arts Commission meetings. See schedule.
  • Evaluation criteria.
    • Community Priorities (Maximum 8 points)
    • Cultural Offerings (Maximum 8 points)
    • Cultural Equity (Maximum 8 points)
    • Proposed Outcomes and Evaluation Strategy (Maximum 8 points)
    • Boulder Focus (Maximum 4 points)
    • Encouragement Points (Maximum 4 points)
  • The complete scoring system and rubric for the Community Project Grant can be found here.

Decision Timelines

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS – INDIVIDUALS: Friday, January 18, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS – ORGANIZATIONS: Monday, February 11, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

Community Project Grants – Individuals

  • Friday, January 18 at 11:59 p.m. – Deadline for applications
  • 18 to January 23 – Review by staff for eligibility. Revision by applicants if necessary
  • 23 to Feb. 8 – Preliminary review and score by panel (17 days)
  • 8 to Feb. 13 – Score processing by staff
  • 13 – Preliminary scores posted online
  • 13 to Feb. 20 – Applicants prepare 3-minute optional presentation for the Arts Commission meeting
  • 20 – Arts Commission meeting. Presentations by applicants; panel rescore; discussion and final decisions on grants

Community Project Grants – Organizations

  • Monday, February 11 at 11:59 p.m. – Deadline for applications
  • 11 to Feb. 15 – Review by staff for eligibility and revision by applicants if necessary
  • 15 to March 8 – Preliminary review and score by panel (22 days)
  • March 8 to March 13 – Score processing by staff
  • March 13 – Preliminary scores posted online
  • March 13 to March 20 – Applicants prepare 3-minute optional presentation for the Arts Commission meeting
  • March 20 – Arts Commission meeting. Presentations by applicants; panel rescore; discussion and final decisions on grants

Apply

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 through this link.

Reporting

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

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