2021 Community Project Grants

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Description

In process photo of mural, “Portrait of Sojourner Truth” by Jodie Herrera, credit Peter Kowalchuk.

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.

In 2021, it is also important to the Boulder Arts Commission that the Cultural Grants Program is responsive to current pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are no questions directly related to the pandemic on the application. However, the Commission asks the community to apply with projects, emphasizing collaborations, that directly address those most impacted by the pandemic. The goal is an equitable distribution of resources throughout the community in a way that supports economic and social recovery.

Details

Total funds: $85,000
Awards: Organizations $60,000 @ maximum $10,000 each // Individuals $25,000 @ 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 – ORGANIZATIONS: Monday, February 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS – INDIVIDUALS: Monday, March 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

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.

Eligibility Criteria

  • General eligibility. Meets all general eligibility requirements.
  • Open to all. Anyone may apply once the general eligibility requirements 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, 2022.

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 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 Grants can be found here.

Decision Timelines

Community Project Grants – Organizations

  • Monday, February 15 at 11:59 p.m. – Deadline for applications
  • February 15 to 19 – Review by staff for eligibility and revision by applicants if necessary
  • February 19 to March 8 – Preliminary review and score by panel (16 days)
  • March 8 to 12 – Score processing by staff
  • March 12 – Preliminary scores and comments sent to applicants via email
  • March 12 to March 19 – 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, March 19, 2021 at 11:59pm.
  • March 22 to 26 – Response processing by staff
  • March 26 – Responses sent to panel
  • March 26 to April 9 – Final review and score by panel (16 days)
  • April 12 to 16 – Processing of final scores
  • April 16 – Final scores sent to applicants via email
  • April 21 – Arts Commission meeting. Discussion and final decisions on grants

Community Project Grants – Individuals

  • Monday, March 15 at 11:59 p.m. – Deadline for applications
  • March 15 to 19 – Review by staff for eligibility and revision by applicants if necessary
  • March 19 to April 2 – Preliminary review and score by panel (16 days)
  • April 2 to 9 – Score processing by staff
  • April 9 – Preliminary scores and comments sent to applicants via email
  • April 9 to April 19 – 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 Monday, April 19, 2021 at 11:59pm.
  • April 19 to 23 – Response processing by staff
  • April 23 – Responses sent to panel
  • April 23 to May 10 – Final review and score by panel (14 days)
  • May 10 to 14 – Processing of final scores
  • May 14 – Final scores sent to applicants via email
  • May 19, 2021 – Arts Commission meeting. 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. Check out our Grant Awards page to review applications of previous grantees.

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

Preview the full report here.

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 or 720-564-2355 if you do not receive email confirmation.

More Information

General Eligibility Requirements
2021 Grant Application Schedule
2021 Scoring System
General Grant Guidelines & Process
Grant FAQs