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Fort Fund Grant

Grants to Colorado Nonprofits for
Local Arts and Cultural Programming

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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City of Fort Collins - Cultural Services Department (CSD)

Deadline Date:

04/14/21 - For Organizational Support applications only

Description:

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Grants of up to $5,000, grants of up to $15,000, and grants of up to $40,000 to Colorado nonprofit organizations for arts and cultural programming in eligible communities. Grants are available for general operating support or to fund specific arts, cultural, or tourism-based projects. Events and activities must benefit Fort Collins.

The Fort Fund grant program supports arts and cultural events that enrich the creative vitality of the community, promote local heritage and diversity, provide opportunities for arts and cultural participation, help promote Fort Collins as a cultural center and tourist destination, and promote the health and well-being of all residents and visitors.

The overarching goals for Fort Fund Cultural Arts Funding Programs are to serve as a catalyst for arts and cultural development and to make Fort Collins a cultural center and destination. The objective of Fort Fund is to provide funds that will foster, encourage, and promote arts and cultural programming and support tourism and economic development.

Funding Categories:

  • The Organizational Support category provides funding to larger 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts and cultural institutions for general operating expenditures, including artistic and administrative expenses, directly related to a year-long program of events/activities or organizations that present a number of community events during the course of their season.
  • The Project Support category provides funding to primarily nonprofit arts and cultural organizations requesting support for specific arts, cultural or tourism-based projects that deliver programming that does not meet the Organizational Support eligibility requirements and/or choose not to apply in that program.
  • The Project Support II category provides funding to smaller arts and cultural organizations that have evidence of an artistic body of work or programming for a minimum of one (1) year prior to the application deadline. These projects are typically smaller, community-based activities with a limited scope and budget.

For more information on funding categories, see https://www.fcgov.com/fortfund/pdf/fort-fund-guidelines.pdf?1605029559#page=11.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 149179

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Applicants in the Organizational Support program may request up to 25% of their unrestricted expenditures or $40,000, whichever is less.
- Requests in the Project Support program are allowed from $5,000 - $15,000.
- Requests in the Project Support II Program of $2,000 to $5,000 are allowed.

Term of Contract:

Events may occur no earlier than 60 days after the application deadline.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations chartered in Colorado with IRS non-profit 501(c)(3) status may submit an application for consideration. Official documentation of this status must accompany all applications. All organizations that fall under the same IRS non-profit tax status will be considered the same unit for funding.

Organizational Support is made available to established nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in the City of Fort Collins that consistently demonstrate artistic programming and/or services. This category is available to organizations that have a minimum of $150,000 in unrestricted annual expenses. Organizations must have a history of ongoing programs for a minimum of five (5) consecutive years preceding the funding application deadline and must be headquartered in Fort Collins or its Growth Management Area.

Project Support is made available to organizations that have a history of ongoing artistic/cultural/tourism-based programs for a minimum of three (3) consecutive years preceding the application deadline and the event/activity must be held in Fort Collins or in the Fort Collins Growth Management Area.

Project Support II is made available to smaller arts and cultural organizations that have evidence of an artistic body of work or programming for a minimum of one (1) year prior to the application deadline. This program is also available to other 501(c)(3) nonprofit non-arts organizations that meet the requirements for presenting quality arts programming for non-commercial arts/cultural projects.

For more information on category-specific eligibility requirements, see https://www.fcgov.com/fortfund/pdf/fort-fund-guidelines.pdf?1605029559#page=11.

For ineligible applicants and activities, see https://www.fcgov.com/fortfund/pdf/fort-fund-guidelines.pdf?1605029559#page=10.

Pre-Application Information:

2021 Application Deadlines:

Project Support ll:
- Opens December 8, 2020
- Closes February 9, 2021

Project Support:
- Opens January 12, 2021
- Closes March 9, 2021

Organizational Support
- Opens February 10, 2021
- Closes April 14, 2021

Applicants for Organizational Support may only submit one (1) application per year. They are not eligible to apply in any other category and their Organization’s Support must be for the entirety of their annual programming. Applicants for the Project Support category may only submit one (1) application for Project Support and up to one (1) additional application for the Project Support II category per year for different cultural activities. Applicants to the Project Support II category may submit one (1) additional application for the Project Support category per year for different cultural activities.

Matching Funds:
- Organizational Support: Applicants that receive funding support in this category will match the award with a minimum 3:1 project-related cash expenses.
- Project Support: A minimum 1:1 cash match is required for all Project Support contracts.
- Project Support II: A 1:1 match is required for all contract awards.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online through ZoomGrants for the 2021 Organizational Support Grant:
https://zoomgrants.com/gprop.asp?donorid=2061&limited=3356

If you have any questions regarding Fort Fund you can contact lirvine@fcgov.com or call (970) 416-4225

Cultural Services Department
Jim McDonald, Director
215 N. Mason Street
PO Box 580
Fort Collins, CO 80522
970.416-2935

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USA: Colorado: City of Fort Collins

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