2019 Rental Assistance Fund (Boulder Venues)

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To facilitate and assist community cultural groups with access and affordability of performance venues, the Boulder Arts Commission is offering support in the form of rental assistance grants to individuals, artists and organizations.


DEADLINE TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS: Applications are accepted by the first of each month, year round.

FUNDING DETAILS: Up to 50% of all rental costs to a maximum of $1,000. One grant per applicant per year. $18,000 is available for funding on January 1, 2019 until funds are exhausted.

** Applications for 2019 are closed. Funding for the grants has exhausted as of 2/1/2019. **

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. Venue confirmation: letter of verification or contract
    3. Budget Summary for the project
  4. Look for an automated email message confirming receipt of your application.
  5. Rental Assistance Funds (Boulder venues) are decided upon on the first of each month and are awarded on a first come, first served basis.
  6. Staff reviews applications and awards are announced at the next meeting of the Boulder Arts Commission following the deadline.
  7. If you are awarded a grant, staff from the Office of Arts and Culture will contact you to complete any necessary paperwork.

Eligibility Requirements

  • General eligibility. Meets all general eligibility requirements.
  • Open to all. Anyone may apply once the general eligibility guidelines are met.
  • Timeframe. Rental event dates must take place after the grant funding decision and within the calendar year during which they are applied for.
  • Venues must be in Boulder, as described in the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan, and may include non-traditional locations. You must include a confirmation from your hosting venue that the project is approved and scheduled. See sample.

Review Process

  • Deliberation. Proposals for Rental Assistance are approved through administrative review by staff of the City of Boulder Office of Arts and Culture and awards are announced at the next meeting of the Boulder Arts Commission following the deadline.
  • Evaluation of applications. Proposals for Rental Assistance are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to those who have met all the requirements of application, including the venue confirmation and budget summary. Award in previous years does not imply continued support.


** Applications for 2018 are closed. Funding for the grants has exhausted as of 2/1/2019. **

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.


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 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
General Grant Guidelines & Process
Grant FAQs