2021 Grants Program

This year, $869,750 in grant funds will be distributed to the community, with new applications available for community projects, arts education projects and professional development scholarships. Grants are available for organizations, individuals, and classrooms. Review the 2021 funding structure here. // En 2021, se ofrecerán $869,750 en fondos de la subvención se distribuirán a la comunidad, con nuevas aplicaciones disponibles para proyectos comunitarios, proyectos de educación artística, y becas de desarrollo profesional. Las becas están disponibles para organizaciones, individuos, y aulas. Revise la estructura de financiación de 2021 aquí.

Log in

Log on to the Boulder Arts Commission online system to apply for grants, submit a report, review open applications, and more. // Inicie sesión en el sistema en línea de la Comisión de Artes de Boulder para solicitar subvenciones, enviar un informe, revisar solicitudes abiertas y más.

Community Project Grants

Community Project Grant: Encourage innovation and exploration in order to achieve progress on these Community Priorities from Boulder’s Community Cultural Plan. //Subvención para proyectos comunitarios: Fomentar la innovación y la exploración para lograr avances en estas prioridades comunitarias del Boulder’s Community Cultural Plan.

Arts Education Project Grants

Arts Education Project Grant: Increase exposure of students to unique experiences that may shape their future in cultural participation and creative careers. // Subvención para proyectos de educación artística: Aumente la exposición de los estudiantes a experiencias únicas que pueden moldear su futuro en la participación cultural y las carreras creativas.


Professional Development Scholarships: Encouraging leadership and the sharing of good practices through professional development will advance our creative economy, support professionals and businesses, and enhance cultural dialog. // Becas de desarrollo profesional: Apoyar el liderazgo y el intercambio de buenas prácticas a través del desarrollo profesional.

University of Colorado at Boulder Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration Scholarships are not available in 2021. // Becas para la University of Colorado at Boulder Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration no están disponibles para su aplicación en 2021.

Rental Assistance Funds (Boulder Venues)

Venue and Online Event Affordability Fund: To facilitate and assist community cultural groups with access and affordability of performance venues and hosting online programming. the Boulder Arts Commission is offering support in the form of rental assistance, the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment and/or COVID 19 testing, and/or equipment for hosting online programming, such as video software, cameras, or tech support.

Macky Auditorium Free Rental: 16 rent-free days to facilitate and assist cultural groups performing at Macky. Supplementary grants are not available in 2021. // Alquiler gratuito del auditorio de Macky: 16 días de alquiler gratuito para facilitar y ayudar a los grupos culturales que actúan en Macky. No están disponibles subvenciones suplementarias in 2021.

Cultural Field Trips Fund

Cultural Field Trips Funds are not available in 2021. // Fondo de excursiones culturales no están disponibles para su aplicación en 2021.

Operating Grants

General Operating Support Grants: General Operating Grants are not available for application in 2021. // Subvenciones de Funcionamiento General no están disponibles para su aplicación en 2021.

To bolster the sustainability of the community’s cultural organizations, a system of operating grants is a priority for the cultural grants program.  This system of institutional funding supports the Community Priorities and goals in the Community Cultural Plan. Operating Grants cover day-to-day activities or ongoing expenses such as administrative salaries, utilities, office supplies, technology maintenance, etc., as well as for project costs, technology purchases, and professional development. // Subvenciones de Funcionamiento General: para reforzar la sostenibilidad de las organizaciones culturales de la comunidad, un sistema de subvenciones operativas es una prioridad para el programa de subvenciones culturales. Este sistema de financiamiento institucional apoya las prioridades y metas de la comunidad en el Plan Cultural de la Comunidad. Las subvenciones operativas cubren las actividades diarias o los gastos continuos, como salarios administrativos, servicios públicos, suministros de oficina, mantenimiento de tecnología, etc., así como para los costos de proyectos, compras de tecnología y desarrollo profesional.


Grant report forms are on the Boulder Arts Commission grants software. Log in with the same user name and password utilized to submit the application. After logging in, go to the ‘Dashboard’, then you’ll see a ‘Follow Up’ section for the grant. On the far right is the ‘Edit’ button. That will take you to complete the final report.

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 if you do not receive email confirmation.

If you can’t complete a grant project on time, you must email a letter to the Boulder Arts Commission at culturegrants@boulderlibrary.org to ask for an extension before the report due date. Send this email before the report due date with these details:

  • explanation for the delay;
  • timing for project completion (provide a specific date);
  • timing for project’s grant report submission (provide a specific date one month after finishing your project)
Staff will review your extension request email and provide a response. If a report extension is not approved, staff will notify you about how you could revise or add more information.

At the Boulder Arts Commission meeting on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, the Commission has asked that we refine the practices of reviewing extension requests during the pandemic. These steps are not meant to be punitive, but rather to ensure open and supportive communication between our grantees, the Office of Arts and Culture staff, and the Arts Commission. We hope you can complete your grant project on time, but if that is not possible because of the pandemic, we encourage you to reach out to staff and commissioners if you need help or advice.

  • Approvals of extension requests will be listed in Arts Commission meeting packets with a very brief reason for the extension as part of the public record.
  • In situations where a grant recipient requests a second extension, staff and a commissioner, if warranted, will reach out with support, which could include advice on additional resources, possible collaborations, and consultation on coordination and operation.
  • If a grantee requests a third extension, the grantee will be asked to attend the next Arts Commission meeting to discuss their progress and see if the Arts Commission and/or staff could offer additional advice or support, or whether some other action should be taken.

Failure to follow these procedures will jeopardize your eligibility to apply for future Boulder Arts Commission grant awards. If you have questions, contact information for staff is on the boulderarts.org website, or you may email culturegrants@boulderlibrary.org.

Questions? Contact information, office hours, and appointments

Have questions? Feel free to call, email, or book a private appointment.

Lauren Click at clickl@boulderlibrary.org.

Office of Arts + Culture, Boulder Main Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302

Photo 1: In process photo of mural, “Portrait of Sojourner Truth” by Jodie Herrera as part of StreetWise Boulder, credit Peter Kowalchuk.
Photo 2: Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company’s Welcoming “BETC Buffs”,  credit Sandy Song
Photo 3: Still from “Pooling”, a short film screened during the Sans Souci Film Festival. SSFF are a General Operating Support grant receipient.
Photo 4: Kids at the Dairy students viewing and artwork by Sonja Hinrichsen at the Dairy Arts Center, Fall 2019, credit Juliette Leon-Bartsch
Photo 5: Lapidary class with Alex Boyd at the Boulder Metalsmithing Association. BoMA aare a General Operating Support grant receipient.

Photo 6: Boulder International Film Festival Local Singer/Songwriter Showcase 2019
Photo 7: Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra at Macky Auditorium 2019