RESOURCES DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS
These are difficult times for everyone. There are many ways support is being coordinated at all levels. In this section, we will pass along resources at the local, regional, state, and national level for financial assistance. Our goal is to support and help you, the art leaders of Boulder, sustain your workforce and your business through this crisis.
- Americans for the Arts is archiving their very informative webinars on COVID-19 policy updates and resources.
New and Updated Support
- Grant & Loan Fund for Early-Stage Arts, Creative, and Cultural Cooperatives. The Fund is a collaboration between the Center for Cultural Innovation’s (CCI) AmbitioUS national initiative; Seed Commons, a national cooperative of locally rooted non-extractive loan funds; and Uptima Business Bootcamp, a member-owned business accelerator, and will provide general operating support grants of up to $25,000 each to five creative-industry cooperative enterprises at their early-stages. Apply by Oct. 5, 2020.
- The Museum of Boulder welcomes artwork submissions for the upcoming Drawing Parallels: Community Art & Artifacts from 2020, which will showcase community art that encapsulates and evokes the events of 2020. Deadline Oct 1.
- Santa Fe Art Institute is accepting applications for their 2021 HARPO Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship Residency. Deadline Oct. 1, 2020.
- The Energize Colorado Fund is open for application. This fund will provide grants and loans for sole proprietors, businesses, and nonprofits with less than 25 full-time employees. Businesses can apply for up to a $15,000 grant and a $20,000 loan for a possible combined total of $35,000 in financial assistance. The fund is for Colorado Small Businesses – with priority given to rural, women, and BIPOC owned.
- Artspace Consulting is now providing up to two hours of free consultations and technical support to any arts and culture organization or municipality as a response to the mounting effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
- As venues, businesses, and events begin to reopen under the Safer at Home and upcoming Protect Our Neighbors rules, the Boulder Chamber of Commerce has posted a number of resources including downloadable posters about rules for customers and a sample script to help your audience with mask regulations.
- The Wallace Foundation has published an analysis of the CARES Act by Education Counsel, including information about Federal funding for after school and summer programs.
- The Americans for the Arts (AFTA) Action Fund is maintaining an updated table of programs to track the changing situation with the CARES Act.
- Colorado Creative Industries has updated their COVID-19 response programs, including new deadlines and funding for things like the CO CARES Grant, CO Creatives Relief Grant, and more. Check their COVID-19 resources website to check in on these and other resources across the state.
- The Boulder Library is now offering remote access to the Colorado Grants Guide, an online tool for grant funding research. Use your library card to access it today.
- Federal support is being made available to nonprofits through loans, unemployment, and other programs. The Boulder Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is providing a list of resources on their website. Nonprofits and small business owners are encouraged to consult with the SBDC for guidance on these programs. Visit bouldersbdc.com and select Consulting on the top menu.
- National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness Response (NCAPER) Resources for Organizations
- Philanthropy Colorado lists of resources
- Americans for the Arts Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource and Response Center
- Corona Insights is offering free consultations with arts nonprofits to help them create a strategy for sustaining the organization through the crisis.
- The Boulder Chamber of Commerce is hosting a website with detailed resources for businesses and nonprofits.
For Artists and Small Business Owners
- The Leeds School of Business at CU-Boulder and Jeff Nytch at the Entrepreneurship Center for Music have expanded the COVenture Forward program to cultural nonprofits. This “management triage” connects free expert mentorship to help small businesses and, now, the arts and culture sector survive the COVID-19 crisis and plan for a thriving future.
- CERF+ Coronavirus Resources
- The Federal assistance described above may also be helpful for small business owners. Visit bouldersbdc.com and select Consulting on the top menu. Fill out the Request Initial Assistance form.
- Emergency Grants – Foundation for Contemporary Arts
- Emergency Grants – Women Arts
- Emergency Relief Programs – Alliance of Artists Communities
- AGMA Relief Fund
- Actors Fund Emergency Financial Assistance (not just for actors)
- Shade Literary Arts Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund (national)
- The Artists’ Fellowship provides emergency aid to professional fine artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship. At this time, they are temporarily limiting relief and assistance applications to those qualified applicants who are dealing with immediate MEDICAL emergencies and their aftermaths.
- Beauty Changes Lives and the Horst Rechelbacher Foundation are offering relief grants for beauty professionals or students of beauty programs.
In Support of our Arts Community
- Contact Boulder County Arts Alliance or the Community Foundation of Boulder County to donate for direct support of artists in our community.
Arts and culture are essential to Colorado’s economic and social vitality. It’s undeniable that artists, cultural organizations and creative businesses need your support, now more than ever, as they face major economic challenges due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are many ways you can help the arts sector survive this challenging time, as well as continue to be enriched by Colorado’s artistic vibrancy. You can do so by Forgoing Ticket Refunds, Donating Today and Supporting Colorado Artists. Arts through it All is a result of collaborative efforts amongst a coalition of the state’s leading arts and cultural organizations, including Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA), Colorado Creative Industries (CCI), Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), and several local and regional arts agencies, including Denver Arts & Venues, City of Boulder Office of Arts and Culture, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR), and others.
There are many more resources available. A great list is found on the Grantmakers in the Arts website. Staff at the Office of Arts and Culture is participating in a city-wide response to the emergency. And, we continue to monitor the ongoing state and Federal response. We will add resources to this newsletter as they become available.
CITY OF BOULDER
- Boulder Arts Commission Grants
- City of Boulder Public Art
- Dance Bridge
- Boulder Public Library Concert Series
- Boulder Public Library Cinema Program
- Boulder Public Library Exhibitions
- Boulder Public Library Calendar of Events
- Arts Incubator of the Rockies
- Boulder County Arts Alliance (BCAA)
- Colorado Association of Funders
- Colorado Creative Industries
- Colorado Dance Education Organization
- Colorado Visitor’s Bureau
- Community Foundation Boulder County
- Denver Actors Fund
- Kroger Community Foundation
- Presenting Denver
- Rose Community Foundation
- Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD)
- Social Venture Partners
- Think360Arts: Teaching Artists
- Americans for the Arts (AFTA)
- Artwork Archive
- Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
- National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
- National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
ART IN PUBLIC PLACES
- Americans for the Arts Public Art Network
- Call for Entry (Café)
- City of Longmont
- City of Loveland
- Denver Arts and Venues
- Town of Lyons
- Fund for Writers
- New Pages
- Poets & Writers Magazine
- Poetry Writing and Analysis Guide
- The Ultimate Freelance Writing Career Guide
- Disney/ABC Television Group
- Film Festivals Calls for Entry
- Film Independent
- Movie Bytes
- No Film School
- New York Television Festival (NYTVF)
- Vision Maker Media
- Art Cantina
- Art Deadlines List
- Call for Entry (Café)
- College Art Association
- Professional Artist Magazine
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