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.

The most comprehensive list can be found on the Colorado Creative Industries website.

Our goal is to connect you with the resources available to help you, the art leaders of Boulder, sustain your workforce and your business through the crisis and beyond.
Emergency Support:
  • The 2020 Fires Relief Fund has been established, in partnership with Boulder County, to support individuals, families, and nonprofit organizations affected by the CalWood and Lefthand Canyon Fires. If you are not impacted but looking to help, donations are also being accepted.
  • The National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness & Emergency Response is a voluntary task force of national, regional, state and local arts organizations, public agencies, and foundations the Coalition helps ensure that artists, arts/cultural organizations, cultural funders, and arts businesses have the capacity and ability to respond effectively to disasters and emergencies affecting the arts and culture sector.
  • CERF+ was started by artists for artists in the craft community as a grassroots mutual aid effort in 1985 and has since emerged as the leading nonprofit organization that uniquely focuses on safeguarding artists’ livelihoods nationwide. CERF+ serves artists who work in craft disciplines by providing a safety net to support strong and sustainable careers.
New and Updated:
  • The Boulder County Arts Alliance has established a ‘Seeking Collaborators’ section on their bulletin.
  • The Wallace Foundation has published a scenario planning toolkit is designed to help arts organizations think through how to respond to various future conditions: Navigating Uncertain Times: A Scenario Planning Toolkit for the Arts and Culture Sector.
  • For businesses including nonprofits who have received funds through the PPP (Payroll Protection Program) program, the applications for loan forgiveness are available now. There have been changes to the key tests which may make more businesses eligible for 100% forgiveness. It is recommended you contact your bank or the Boulder Small Business Development Center to find out more.
  • Downtown Boulder is hosting a Lights of December Holiday Motorcade on Dec. 5, 2020. Participation is open to community groups, non-profit organizations, and local businesses. Deadline Nov. 18.
  • The NoBo Art District seeks creative work such as words, poems, handwritten letters, songs and other expressions in this ongoing project to share a collective farewell to 2020 and welcome in 2021 for an upcoming exhibition, “An exhibit of “Letters”, lightweight 2-D and 3-D creations in all media. Deadline Nov. 15.
  • The call for original and locally-based dance films for inclusion in Life in Motion: A Colorado Dance Film Festival‘s 2021 film festival is now open! Deadline Dec. 12.

For Nonprofits

    For Artists and Small Business Owners

    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.












    Have a suggestion to add to our list? Email culturalplan@bouldercolorado.gov.