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Peak Arts Prize

Grants and In-Kind Awards to Colorado Arts Organizations and Individual
Artists for Innovative Projects in El Paso and Teller Counties

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Pikes Peak Community Foundation - Fund for the Arts

Deadline Date:

02/10/19 Midnight


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Grants ranging from $2,500 to $7,500 and in-kind awards of $500 to Colorado nonprofit and for-profit arts organizations, and to individual artists, for creative arts projects presented in El Paso and Teller Counties. Eligible applicants include art schools, galleries, and dance studios. Funding is intended for innovative projects that connect new people to the arts and that raise public awareness to the local arts and cultural scene.

Peak Arts Prize is a broad-based community contest to support great local art and fund fresh ideas that grow arts audiences. The Fund is looking for 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.

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% 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.
- 10% Feasibility – The potential that the project proposed can be achieved by this applicant with the resources available to them, and by the end of 2019.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 152550

Estimated Size of Grant:

The prizes:
- Large Organizations Category: $8,000 as $7,500 Grant + $500 Digital Marketing Package with
- Small Organizations Category: $5,500 as $5,000 Grant + $500 Digital Marketing Package with
- Individual Artists: $3,000 as $2,500 Grant + $500 Digital Marketing Package with

Term of Contract:

Project activities must occur in the 2019 calendar year. Grantees will be accountable for successfully executing project activities by December 31, 2019.

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.

Individual Artists with organization partners qualify for the Individual Artists category if the partner arts organization is not a presenter of the project but has simply said that they would allow use of space to the artist, etc., OR the organizational partner is not an arts organization.

Applications are invited in three categories: Large Organizations (annual budget over $100,000), Small Organizations (annual budget under $100,000), and Individual Artists.

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. The applicant organization or artist must have a mailing address basing them within that geography. Project activities must also reach audiences in those two counties.

Pre-proposal Conference:

On December 4, the Fund hosted a community information session for interested applicants.

Watch the full session here:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted January 10 – February 10 via the online entry form.

In addition, applicants should send a link to a three-minute video that explains the project they will do if they win. Videos will be judged on content, not production quality. Videos should be uploaded to in high definition (at least 720p) and made public. The YouTube link should be copied and pasted in the online entry form. Submit by midnight on February 10.

After the application window closes, a panel of expert judges will select up to nine finalists (up to three finalists in each category). Winners will be announced on the website on March 18.

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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.

Click here for the entry form to apply online:

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