Si prefiere leer esta información en español, por favor haga clic aquí. Se puede responder a la solicitud en español. Un miembro del personal de la Oficina de Artes y Cultura traducirá sus respuestas para que sean revisadas.
For this application in other languages please contact the Office of Arts + Culture Program Manager Lauren Click at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Community Cultural Plan identifies a set of “Community Priorities” derived directly from the hopes and aspirations of Boulder’s residents:
- Support the resiliency and sustainability of cultural organizations to enhance their ability to benefit the community.
- Create a supportive environment for artists and creative professionals, while fostering innovative thinking and leadership among them.
- 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.
- Develop Boulder’s creative identity in becoming an innovative world leader in cultural matters and project that identity to the region and the world.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
DEADLINE TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS – ORGANIZATIONS: Wednesday, February 15 at 11:59 p.m
DEADLINE TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS – INDIVIDUALS: Wednesday, March 15 at 11:59 p.m.
Definitions: “Individual” is defined as: applications in which the project is created and managed by a single individual, a sole-proprietorship, or a for-profit business with only one employee. “Organization” is defined as: applications in which the project is being created and managed by a nonprofit or a for-profit business with multiple employees.
How to apply
- Review the below information.
- 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.
- Complete the application by 11:59 p.m. on the day of the deadline.
- Look for an automated email message confirming receipt of your application.
- After the deadline, applications will be sent to the panel for scoring and comments. The panel consists of the seven City Council-appointed Boulder Arts Commissioners.
- 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.
- 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.
- When a grant is awarded, staff from the Office of Arts and Culture will contact the successful Applicant to complete any necessary paperwork.
- 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.
- 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. For organizations, the applicant must demonstrate that they are headquartered in the city limits of Boulder. For individuals, the applicant must demonstrate that they reside at a permanent household address in the city limits of Boulder. Applicants may also demonstrate that they are partnered with a Boulder-based artist or organization. Examples of documentation to demonstrate being headquartered or residing in Boulder may include a utility bill, phone bill, pay stub, renter’s or mortgage bill, lease, insurance policy, or other official document. P.O. Boxes are not acceptable. The term “city limits of Boulder” is defined in the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan. For additional information on the planning area and Comprehensive Plan visit this link. As a shorthand, office staff use addresses with the zip code starting with 803— to determine if it is in the acceptable area.
- Timeline. Projects must take place after the grant funding decision and be completed by June 30, 2024.
- 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)
- Encouragement points (Maximum 4 points)
- The complete scoring system and rubric for the Community Project Grants can be found here.
Community Project Grants – Organizations
- Wednesday, February 15 at 11:59 p.m. – Deadline for applications
- February 15 to 22 – Review by staff for eligibility and revision by applicants if necessary
- February 22 to March 8 – Preliminary review and score by panel (15 days)
- March 8 to 15 – Score processing by staff
- March 15 – Preliminary scores and comments sent to applicants via email
- March 15 to March 22 – Applicants prepare and send written responses to the panel’s questions. The written response should be emailed to Lauren Click at email@example.com by Wednesday, March 22, 2023, at 11:59pm.
- March 22 to 29 – Response processing by staff
- March 29 – Responses sent to panel
- March 29 to April 12 – Final review and score by panel (15 days)
- April 12 to 21 – Processing of final scores
- April 21 – Final scores sent to applicants via email
- April 26 – Arts Commission meeting. Discussion and final decisions on grants
Community Project Grants – Individuals
- Wednesday, March 15 at 11:59 p.m. – Deadline for applications
- March 15 to March 22 – Review by staff for eligibility and revision by applicants if necessary
- March 22 to April 5 – Preliminary review and score by panel (15 days)
- April 5 to April 12 – Score processing by staff
- April 12 – Preliminary scores and comments sent to applicants via email
- April 12 to April 19 – Applicants prepare and send written responses to the panel’s questions. The written response should be emailed to Lauren Click at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday April 19, 2023, at 11:59pm.
- April 19 to 26 – Response processing by staff
- April 26 – Responses sent to panel
- April 26 to May 10 – Final review and score by panel (15 days)
- May 10 to 19 – Processing of final scores
- May 19 – Final scores sent to applicants via email
- May 24, 2023 – Arts Commission meeting. Discussion and final decisions on grants
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.
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.
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 email@example.com or 720-564-2355 if you do not receive email confirmation.
2023 Grant Application Schedule
2023 Scoring System
General Eligibility Requirements
General Grant Guidelines & Process