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Arts Education Project Grant

Grants to Colorado Educators, Presenters, and Administrators
to Create Unique Arts Experiences for Students

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Boulder Arts Commission (BAC)

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Deadline Date:

04/12/21 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $3,000 to Colorado educators, presenters, and administrators for programs that expose students to the arts. Funding is intended to give students enhanced instruction in the creative process, access to techniques and tools, and new experiences with practicing artists. The program aims to increase the number and quality of unique and memorable arts related opportunities for students that may shape their future in cultural participation and creative careers. Programs must benefit school children in the City of Boulder.

In 2021, it is also important to the Boulder Arts Commission that the Cultural Grants Program is responsive to current pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are no questions directly related to the pandemic on the application. However, the Commission asks the community to apply with projects, emphasizing collaborations, that directly address those most impacted by the pandemic. The goal is an equitable distribution of resources throughout the community in a way that supports economic and social recovery. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178127

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Approximately 10 awards

Estimated Size of Grant:

The award amount of $3,000 is a maximum funding guideline. Smaller requests will be accepted.

Term of Contract:

Projects must take place after the grant deadline and end before the end of the 2022 spring semester.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Criteria:
- Open to educators, administrators, and presenters: Classroom teachers and school administrators in public schools, private schools, home school associations, and non-traditional classroom settings, as well as artists / individuals / organizations collaborating with schools on programming are eligible.
- Service area and programming: Projects must have a demonstrated benefit to school children in the City of Boulder.
- Timing: Projects must take place after the grant deadline and end before the end of the 2022 spring semester.

General Eligibility Requirements:
- Contractual Age. All applicants must be of legal contractual age as defined by the state of Colorado (18 years).
- City of Boulder Conflict of Interest Policy. City employees are not eligible to receive grant funding.
- Good Standing. Applicants must be in good standing with the Boulder Arts Commission.
- Compliance with Law and Policy. All applicants, organizations, and the content of all projects must comply with the ordinances and policies of The City of Boulder.
- Service Area. The product (performance, piece of art, etc.) funded in whole or in part by the BAC must be provided for and accessible to the Boulder community. Any product that receives other funding may be held in another municipality or area, provided that at least one performance is provided within Boulder Valley, as defined in the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan, and is for the direct benefit of the Boulder community.
- Civil Rights Act compliance

Funds will not be provided for: Projects that have occurred before the grant funding decisions have been made, the purchase of alcohol or marijuana, debt reduction, creating or building endowments, political activity, programming that promotes a single religion over others, or re-granting of the funds, or for capital construction or acquisition of real estate unless exceptionally approved by the Boulder Arts Commission with a showing of a significant public purpose.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Info Sessions and Training:
- Info session – Wednesday, December 9 at 11 a.m. on Zoom
- Info session – Wednesday, January 13 at 4 p.m.
- Commission and Panel Grants training – Thursday, January 28, 2021 from 4 to 6 p.m. on Zoom

Pre-Application Information:


- Monday, April 12 at 11:59 p.m. – Deadline for applications
- April 12 to April 19 – Review by staff for eligibility and revision by applicants if necessary
- April 19 to May 3 – Preliminary review and score by panel (15 days)
- May 3 to 7 – Score processing by staff
- May 7 – Preliminary scores and comments sent to applicants via email
- May 7 to 17 – Applicants prepare and send written responses to the panel’s questions. The written response should be emailed to Lauren Click by Monday, April 19, 2021 at 11:59pm.
- May 17 to 21 – Response processing by staff
- May 24 – Responses sent to panel
- May 24 to June 7 – Final review and score by panel (14 days)
- June 7 to 11 – Processing of final scores
- June 11 – Final scores sent to applicants via email
- June 16, 2021 – Arts Commission meeting. Discussion and final decisions on grants

Grants program:

Community Cultural Plan:

Video on how to apply online:

Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:

Lauren Click

City of Boulder
Office of Arts and Culture
Boulder Main Public Library
1001 Arapahoe Ave.
Boulder, CO 80302

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USA: Colorado: Boulder

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