Grants Panel Application

The Boulder Arts Commission seeks volunteer panel members to support the selection procedure of the cultural grants program by contributing expertise to the decision making process. The decisions of the panel members are considered advisory; all approvals, recommendations to City Council, and final decisions are the responsibility of the Boulder Arts Commission.


Panelists are required to:

  • Abide by the Code of Conduct for City of Boulder staff, council, board, and commission members, as described in the Revised City Code Chapter 2-7.
  • Attend the panel orientation and training.
  • Read all applications thoroughly prior to the monthly panel review meetings and complete a preliminary evaluation of the applications by the set deadline. Depending on the category, panelists may be asked to read 15 to 35 grants per round.
  • Re-score applications based on applicant presentations by set deadline.
  • Attend and participate in discussion at all funding meetings (one per grant category). A schedule of meetings will be available in November 2020.
  • Panel service requires a significant investment of time over 6 months, entailing at least 100 to 150 hours commitment, depending on the number of applications received. The term of the appointment is one year.


Artistic Practice
Artists and arts professionals with diverse expertise in artistic styles, philosophies, and aesthetics. Individuals who are respected within their fields. Representation will be sought to complement the expertise already present on the Arts Commission, and focused on breadth of disciplines including visual arts, dance, music, theater, time-based media, literary arts, web-based media, design, and other fields.

Professional Specialization
Individuals representing critical professions that will complement the expertise on the Boulder Arts Commission including curators, educators, non-profit managers, and other fields.

Authentic Diversity
Diversity of all kinds will be sought to encourage equity and include the perspectives of those from different cultural backgrounds, genders, and ages, as well as differently abled people.


  • Thursday, October 8: Application live
  • Monday, November 9, 2020 at 11:59pm: Applications due
  • Wednesday, November 11 to November 18: Commissioners review applications
  • Wednesday, November 18 at 6 p.m.: Interviews at the Boulder Arts Commission Meeting
  • December: Commission and Panelist grant training