2020 Arts Education Project Grants

2019 Arts Education Project Grantee Community Cycles

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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.
  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.
  4. Look for an automated email message confirming receipt of your application.
  5. After the deadline, applications will be sent 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 one-page response for the panel.
  7. Before the Arts Commission meeting, the panel will rescore the applications. At the decision meeting, the members of the Boulder Arts Commission then deliberate to decide final approval of the applications which will receive a grant.
  8. When a grant is awarded, staff from the Office of Arts and Culture will contact the successful Applicant 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

UPDATED March 23, 2020
DEADLINE TO SUBMIT APPLICATION: Monday, June 15 at 11:59pm


  • Monday, June 15 at 11:59 p.m. – Deadline for applications
  • June 16 to June 22 – Review by staff for eligibility and revision by applicants if necessary
  • June 22 to July 6 – Preliminary review and score by panel (15 days)
  • July 6 to July 10 – Score processing by staff
  • July 10 – Preliminary scores and comments sent to applicants via email
  • July 10 to July 17 – Applicants prepare and send written responses to the panel’s questions. The written
    response should be emailed to Lauren Click at clickl@boulderlibrary.org by Friday, July 17, 2020 at
  • July 17 to July 22 – Response processing by staff
  • July 22 – Responses sent to panel
  • July 22 to August 5 – Final review and score by panel (15 days)
  • August 5 to August 10 – Final scores sent to applicants via email, and included in Arts Commission in packet later in the week
  • August 19 – Arts Commission meeting. 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 2021 spring semester.

Review process

  • Deliberation. Applications are reviewed by the Boulder Arts Commission grants panel. Final funding decisions are made at public 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 (Maximum 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.


Log onto the Boulder Arts Commission online grant portal to preview and apply. 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.

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
2020 Grant Application Schedule
2020 Scoring System
General Grant Guidelines & Process
Grant FAQs