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.

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 National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness & Emergency Response is a voluntary task force of national, regional, state and local arts organizations, and other agencies. They 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. It 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.
  • The Colorado Artist Relief Fund supports artists experiencing economic distress as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund provides grants of up to $1,000 to individual artists living in Colorado, working in multiple disciplines. Rolling deadline.
New and Updated:
  • Open Studios seeks artists for the 2021 Open Studios Tour.
  • The Arts in Society Grant is open for application. Administered by RedLine Contemporary Art Center, the Arts in Society grant-making program fosters cross-sector work through the arts by supporting the integration of arts and culture into multiple disciplines critical to the health and well-being of Coloradans. Deadline Sept. 14.
  • Boulder County Arts Alliance in partnership with King Soopers, a division of the Kroger Company, will commission a professional artist to create indoor artwork for the Table Mesa King Soopers grocery store. Deadline July 20.
  • CBCA’s Leadership Arts program is open for application. Leadership Arts is a nine-month training program that prepares people to serve on nonprofit boards of directors and increase their civic engagement in the arts. Deadline Aug. 13.
  • The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced a program to distribute American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds. These programs are open to nonprofit arts and culture organizations, regardless of whether they have received NEA funding in the past. Visit their website for guidelines and application information.
  • The Colorado Recovery Plan, Developing Our Workforce, expands COSI’s grant opportunities to support Coloradans displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic, including those laid off or furloughed, experienced decreased earnings, had job offers rescinded, or could not enter the workforce because of adverse economic conditions. The Back to Work grant is funding non-profits, state agencies, and community partnerships to provide eligible participants wraparound and financial supports to access and complete their credential or degree within the grant term. Visit the Back to Work website for additional information and access to application materials.
  • Artist opportunities with upcoming deadlines in July and August, 2021 courtesy Creative Capital.
  • BMoCA is hiring multiple Visitor Services Representatives. Deadline July 19.
  • BMoCA seeks ceramicists and potters to share their work at Open Wall: Ceramics & Pottery, a week-long self-curated community art exhibition and sale at BMoCA. Event July 23.
  • The Federal Communications Commission announced that eligible households will be able to enroll in a program to receive a monthly discount off the cost of broadband service from an approved provider. The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBBP) will provide eligible households with discounts of up to $50 a month for broadband service, and up to $75 a month if the household is on Tribal lands.
  • The Boulder County Arts Alliance has established a ‘Seeking Collaborators’ section on their bulletin.

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.