Grant Opportunities

City of Boulder: Arts Education Project Grants 2021 (United States)

City of Boulder: Arts Education Project Grants 2021 (United States)

Deadline: 12-Apr-21

The City of Boulder is seeking applications for the Arts Education Project Grants Program 2021. It provides opportunities for children in the City of Boulder to have unique experiences with practising artists, access to tools and techniques, or improved instruction in the creative professions. The goal of the grant is to increase the exposure of students to unique and memorable experiences that may shape their future in cultural participation and creative careers.

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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, which 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.

Funding Information

Total Funds: $30,000;
Awards: Approximately 10 awards at $3,000 each;
Details: The award amount of $3,000 is a maximum funding guideline. Smaller requests will be accepted;
Cycle: Annual.
Eligibility Criteria

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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 having met agreed-upon deadlines for any previous Boulder Arts Commission-sponsored project, and/or can demonstrate good faith efforts to comply with Boulder Arts Commission requests regarding previous projects.
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 Boulder Arts Commission 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: All applicants must comply with Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to the end that no person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, colour, national origin, physical or mental handicap, sex or religion, be excluded.
Exclusions: 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.
How to Apply

Log onto the Boulder Arts Commission online grant portal. If you have not logged on before, make a profile. Applications must be submitted using their online grant applications.
Complete the application by 11:59 pm on the day of the deadline.
Look for an automated email message confirming receipt of your application.
After the deadline, applications will be sent to the panel for scoring and comments. The panel consists of the five City Council-appointed Boulder Arts Commissioners and four members of the community.
You will receive notification that the panel’s scores and comments on your application are available. Please review their scores and comments and prepare a one-page response for the panel.
Before the Arts Commission meeting, the panel will re-score the applications. At the decision meeting, the members of the Boulder Arts Commission then deliberate to decide final approval of the applications which will receive a grant.
When a grant is awarded, staff from the Office of Arts and Culture will contact the successful Applicant to complete any necessary paperwork.
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