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Grants to Colorado Nonprofits and Individuals to Assist Artists


Geographic Focus

USA: Colorado: Boulder County

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Martha Kate Thomas Fund for Artists Grant

Boulder County Arts Alliance (BCAA) - Martha Kate Thomas Fund for Artists

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #159225

Grant Description

Grants of up to $3,000 to Colorado nonprofit organizations and artists in eligible regions to assist local artists. Applicants must make contact before applying. Funding is intended to help indigenous artists, artists with disabilities, artists with unanticipated needs, artists between 18 and 30 years old, and artists of color. Art forms can include but are not limited to: music, theater, dance, film/video, literature, visual art. Applicants must be in Boulder County.


Unforeseen needs due to special circumstances may include loss of equipment or supplies, and unplanned expenses due to natural disaster, debilitating illness, accidents and more. Priority is given to applicants that are not eligible to file insurance claims or who may be eligible but coverage is inadequate to cover the loss.

Priority groups refer to individual artists or the founders/directors of organizations. The work of the artist or organization will also be taken into consideration as proposals are reviewed. 

Examples of Unforeseen Needs Potentially Funded  

  • Not able to work due to illness or a loved one’s illness
  • Sudden increase in insurance costs (Grant proposal should address how the increased cost will be covered in the future.)
  • Sudden increase in rent (the Fund could potentially grant to help cover one month’s rent, for example)
  • Unable to pay entrance fees for a competition 
  • Loss of supplies due to theft, damage to studio, etc.
  • Purchase a piece of equipment integral to on-going production of one’s art, for example, a printer
  • Modifying studio and/or repairs to supplies or tools, such as an instrument (modifications and/or repairs should improve safety, functionality, access, etc.)

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants from this fund will be awarded to artists who live or work in Boulder County and meet any one or more of these priority groups:

- Artists with unforeseen needs due to special circumstances
- Artists of Color
- Artists with disabilities
- Indigenous artists
- New generation artists (18-30 years old)

Persons, Organizations and Activities Funded
- All applicants must be current with final reports from other grants received from BCAA. All applicants, when relevant, are encouraged to post your events to the BCAA calendar.
- Organizations and individual artists must live or work in Boulder County. 501(c)(3) status is not required.
- Individual artists must be at least 18 years old.

Persons, Organizations and Activities Not Funded
- Organizations that practice discrimination of any kind
- Organizations that influence legislation or support candidates for political office
- Organizations that will use the grant money for prizes, scholarships or grants
- Artists or organizations that have received a Martha Kate Thomas grant in the previous year.
- Projects primarily for academic or scholarly purposes
- Deficit or debt elimination or endowments

For more information on application evaluation criteria, see the URL for Full Text link below.

Pre-Application Information:

Before submitting your application, please email with a very brief summary of your request to make sure your proposal meets the grant guidelines.

Application deadlines are rolling. Grant awards will be made as they are received and reviewed. The deadline is June 8, 2021 at 5pm. The application will go offline at 5:01 pm on the deadline date and can no longer be edited, downloaded or submitted at that point.

If you are unsure whether or not you are eligible for a grant, please check with BCAA staff.

All proposals must be submitted electronically using the Martha Kate Thomas Fund for Artists Grant Proposal Form on the BCAA website.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards will not exceed $3000.

Term of Contract:

The project, purchase or request must take place within 14 months from the date the grant check is issued.

Contact Information:


For additional information about the Martha Kate Thomas Fund for Artists grants and tips for submitting a successful proposal, call 303-447-2422.

Boulder County Arts Alliance
2590 Walnut Street, Suite 9
Boulder, CO 80302

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