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Peak Arts Prize

Awards to Colorado Arts Organizations and Individual Artists for Creative
Projects that Reach New Audiences in El Paso and Teller Counties

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Pikes Peak Community Foundation - Fund for the Arts

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Awards of up to $7,500 to Colorado nonprofit and for-profit arts ogranizations, and awards of $2,500 to individual artists, for creative projects that connect people to art in El Paso and Teller Counties. Eligible applicants include art schools, galleries, and dance studios. Arts and culture must be the primary focus of the applying organization.

The Fund is looking for proposed project ideas that are fresh, artistically strong, and reach new audiences. They will take a variety forms, but the Fund expects most to be artistic programs or promotional initiatives. Keep in mind that artistic excellence is important even if your project is a promotional initiative.

Peak Arts Prize is a broad-based community contest to support great local art and fund fresh ideas that grow arts audiences. Peak Arts Prize is thoughtfully designed to fund creative projects that connect new people to the arts. The transparent and highly-visible contest format aims to raise public awareness and excitement about our local arts and cultural scene, also connecting new people to the arts.

Judging Criteria:

- 40% Community Reach - The potential for the project to grow audiences beyond the artist's or organization's current audience.
- 25% Originality - The creativity, uniqueness, or innovation within the project proposed.
- 25% Feasibility - The potential that the project proposed can be achieved by this applicant with the resources available to them, and by the end of 2018.
- 10% Artistic Excellence - The technical level and quality of the art techniques pursued in this project, for its genre. Does not refer to technical video application production.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 152550

Estimated Size of Grant:

Brief video applications are invited in three categories:

- Large Arts Organizations (Prize: $7,500)
- Small Arts Organizations (Prize: $5,000)
- Individual Artists (Prize: $2,500)

Term of Contract:

Project activities must occur in the 2018 calendar year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be arts-focused nonprofits or for-profits (like galleries, art schools, or dance studios), or individual artists age 18 and over. Arts and culture must be the primary focus of the applying organization - restaurants, general education schools, community centers, etc. that have other goals but include some arts programming are not eligible. Eligibility in terms of arts and cultural focus will ultimately be at the discretion of the Cultural Office. To verify or ask questions about your eligibility, please contact Angela Seals (see Contact Information section below for contact details).

Applicants must be based in El Paso or Teller counties of Colorado, proposing grant activities that will serve audiences in those Counties.

Please Note: Applicants must be registered with an up-to-date profile in the free Organizations Directory or Artists Directory.

Pre-proposal Conference:

During the application period, Pikes Peak Library District will offer two free video workshops designed for Peak Arts Prize applicants. The workshops will be held at Library 21c on January 20 from 12-2 p.m. and February 7 from 5-7 p.m. The Fund is also finalizing plans for a session at Sand Creek Library in southeast Colorado Springs - details coming soon.

Date/Time: Feb 7, 2018 at 05:00 pm - 07:00 pm (Wed)
Location: PPLD -Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920
RSVP: Please RSVP to the contact email listed below (see Contact Information section).

Full workshop details can be found here:

Pre-Application Information:

Award Process Overview:

Apply between January 15 - February 15. Expert judges will then select nine finalists to advance to public voting online from March 1 - 15, when the community will decide which three projects to fund in 2018.

Detailed Award Process:


To apply, complete the brief entry form (see link in Contact Information section below), including a link to your application video. Peak Arts Prize uses a primarily video application. Describe your project in a video of less than 5 minutes. Smart phone videos are welcome. Videos will be judged on content, not production quality. But the Fund does encourage you to get creative and convince the judges and voting public to believe in your idea.

Upload your video to YouTube at high resolution (HD) and make it public. Provide the video link on the Peak Arts Prize entry form by midnight on February 15.

Judging and Public Voting Process:

After the application window closes, a panel of expert judges described below will select nine finalists (three finalists in each category) based on the criteria below. The Cultural Office will contact the nine finalists by Feb. 26 to verify eligibility and prepare them for the public voting stage.

Public Voting for the Peak Arts Prize will be held from March 1-15 via this website. The community will view the finalists' application videos and choose which three projects (one in each category) to fund in our region this year. The Peak Arts Prize is arranging media partnerships to ensure robust promotional support for all of the finalists, including our primary media partner, KOAA-TV. Winners will be announced at a media event on March 21.

Additional Information:

About the Prize:
Rules and Eligibility:

Contact Information:

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

Please RSVP for the February 7 workshop to:

Click here for the entry form to apply online:

For technical support with updating or creating an up-to-date profile in the free Organizations Directory or Artists Directory, email Alyssa (, or call the Peak Radar Helpline at 719-634-5155.

Staff Contact:

Angela Seals, Program Coordinator and Deputy Director of the Cultural Office
Phone: 719-634-2204


Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region
PO Box 190
Colorado Springs, CO 80901

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Colorado: El Paso and Teller Counties