To facilitate and assist community cultural groups with access and affordability of performance venues, the Boulder Arts Commission and the University of Colorado offer up to sixteen days per calendar year of rent-free space at Macky Auditorium.
DEADLINE TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS: Applications are accepted by the first of each month, year round or until all rental dates are awarded.
FUNDING DETAILS: The grant is for rent only; the applicant will be fully responsible for any and all additional fees required by the University, including but not limited to equipment rental, direct labor costs for technical staff, ushers, security personnel, etc. You may apply for a maximum of two days free rental annually.
Supplementary Funds are available from the Rental Assistance Fund for applicants who may not be able to afford these additional costs. ** Supplementary Funds for 2020 are no longer available. Funding for the grants has exhausted as of 1/1/2020. **
All applicants must have the requested dates confirmed with Macky Auditorium at the time of the application, and supply a letter of verification from the University with the pertinent date information included. Receiving a grant from the Boulder Arts Commission does not guarantee the award of a specific date or dates. The actual date(s) awarded will depend on availability of the space. It is the applicant’s responsibility to inquire about availability and pay for additional costs at Macky. The contact phone number for Macky is 303-492-8423 and website page is here.
How to Apply
- Review the below information in full.
- 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.
- Complete the application by 11:59 p.m. on the day of the deadline. The application consists of:
- Online application form.
- Venue confirmation: letter of verification or contract
- Budget Summary for the project
- Look for an automated email message confirming receipt of your application.
- Rental Assistance Funds (Boulder venues) are decided upon on the first of each month and are awarded on a first come, first served basis.
- Staff reviews applications and awards are announced at the next meeting of the Boulder Arts Commission following the deadline.
- If you are awarded a grant, staff from the Office of Arts and Culture will contact you to complete any necessary paperwork.
- General eligibility. Meets all general eligibility requirements.
- Open to all. Anyone may apply once the general eligibility guidelines are met.
- Macky Rental event dates must take place after the grant funding decision and within the calendar year during which they are applied for.
- Venue confirmation. All applications must include a letter of commitment from the Macky management indicating the project date(s). Letters should follow the normal business standard, on letterhead when possible and signed by the author; email correspondence is not accepted. A contract with Macky including the project dates and rental fees is an acceptable alternative.
- Proposals for free rental of Macky Auditorium and supplementary funds are approved through administrative review by staff of the City of Boulder Office of Arts Culture and awards are announced at the next meeting of the Boulder Arts Commission following the deadline.
- Evaluation of applications. Proposals for free rental of Macky Auditorium and supplementary funds 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. Each application is reviewed anew in the context of current policies and applications.
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.
If awarded a grant, Grantees will need to complete a grant report at the Boulder Arts Commission online grant portal. After logging in, go to Dashboard then Follow Up. Use the it button to review and complete the final report. The report due date is in your grant application.
Written appeals process. The deadline for a written appeal is 14 days after funding decisions have been made. The appeals process can be found on our website.