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.
- The most comprehensive list can be found on the Colorado Creative Industries website.
- Americans for the Arts is archiving their very informative webinars on COVID-19 policy updates and resources.
- The National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness & Emergency Responseis 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 Fundsupports 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.
- Arvada Center – Art of the State 2022 Call for Entry A Juried Exhibition of Colorado, Exhibition Dates: January 20 – March 27, 2022. Every three years, all 10,000 square feet of the Arvada Center Galleries is filled with a celebratory survey of the incredible diversity, quality, and depth of work from Colorado Artists. Deadline Oct 17.
- The Renée Crown Wellness Institute at the University of Colorado Boulder is seeking proposal from contemporary artists for the creation of four (4) custom pieces of visual art to be displayed in the institute’s headquarters in Boulder, CO. Deadline Oct. 15.
- The NEA has just announced the launch of a new grant program as part of Creative Forces®: NEA Military Healing Arts Network. The Creative Forces Community Engagement Grants will support arts engagement programming for military and veteran populations and family members, providing opportunities for creative expression and strengthening resilience. Deadline Dec. 15.
- Inspire! Grants for Small Museums is an initiative of the Museums for America program. It is designed to support small museums of all disciplines in project-based efforts to serve the public, educational programs, professional development, community relations, collections management, curation, care, and conservation. Deadline Nov. 15.
- 2021 October opportunities for artists courtesy Artwork Archive.
- Artist Communities Alliance (ACA) upcoming deadlines for residency opportunities.
- The Call for Submissions is now open for RAD Fest 2022.
- The Colorado Arts Relief Fund will provide $15.5 million for the second round of funding to support arts, cultural and entertainment artists, crew members, and organizations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Deadline Oct. 14.
- Check out the Best Opportunities for Artists in September 2021 via Artwork Archive.
- Thanks to the generous support of the Community Foundation Boulder County, Boulder County Arts Alliance is offering grants up to $5,000 to provide financial relief in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Awards will be made to individual artists and arts organizations that have experienced unforeseen hardships during and in the post-COVID-19 environment. Grants from this fund will be considered from artists who live and work in Boulder County. Grant awards will not exceed $5,000. Art forms can include but are not limited to: Music, Theater, Dance, Film/Video, Literature, and Visual Art. Rolling Deadline.
- Community Foundation Boulder County invites individuals and groups to apply for the first open funding opportunity from the Boulder County Crisis Fund. Created to respond to the mass shooting in March at the Table Mesa King Soopers. The foundation has made $100K available to address community healing in South Boulder. Rolling deadline, opened July 15.
- The Colorado Recovery Plan, along with Developing Our Workforce, have expanded COSI’s grant opportunities to support Coloradans displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Including those who have been laid off or furloughed, experienced loss of wages, have 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 financial support 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.
- The Boulder County Arts Alliance has established a ‘Seeking Collaborators’ section on their bulletin.
Many of the resources we have listed in previous newsletters are still open for applications. The full list of resources available at the Colorado Creative Industries website.
- 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.
- 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
GRANT SEARCH ENGINES AND RESOURSE LISTS
- Colorado Grants Guide – Free with a Boulder Public Library card!
- Artwork Archive Blog
- Joining Vision and Action
- Grant Station
- Grant Watch
- 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)
- UC Berkeley has created a Mental Health Resources Guide to help prevent creative and professional burnout
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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