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City of Boulder Opens Applications for the 2018 Cultural Grants

Grant opportunities for arts and culture funding for 2018 are open for application now

In 2018, the City of Boulder Office of Arts and Culture has $170,000 in grant funding available for community projects, arts education, professional development scholarships, venue rental assistance and more. Grants are available for organizations, individuals and classrooms. Previously funded projects range from festivals to classes and from performances to exhibitions.

Visit the Office of Arts and Culture website,, for more information and to apply.

These funds are part of the Boulder Arts Commission’s cultural grants program, which will distribute a total of $675,000 to cultural organizations, artists and classrooms in 2018. This includes 27 organizations ( who are in the final year of their general operating support grants, designed to bolster the sustainability and community impact of Boulder’s arts organizations.

“Since the adoption of the Community Cultural Plan, the Arts Commission and city staff have been working with the community to improve our grants program,” said Boulder Mayor Suzanne Jones. “Now, in the third year of this reinvented program, we are really seeing positive impacts on the community. These grants contribute to the health of our cultural industry, supporting economic impact, a stable workforce and the tourism economy. Cultural grants also play a significant role in social cohesion, contributing to the community’s efforts to be a welcoming, creative and resilient city.”

The Office of Arts and Culture is hosting an introductory session on how to apply for the 2018 grants on Thursday, Dec. 7, at 5:30 p.m., at Bohemia Boulder, 4919 North Broadway. Then, on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at the Main Boulder Public Library, a grants workshop will be held including a conversation with an arts commissioner and panel member to answer questions about their decision-making process. People who plan to apply for grants this year can learn more about these workshops by visiting the website

The cultural grants program is proving to be successful with the following outcomes:

  • In 2016, the organizations supported by grants generated $69.8 million in annual economic activity, supported 1,832 full-time equivalent jobs and produced $4.6 million in government revenues, according to the Americans for the Arts Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 ( economic impact study.
  • A 2016 survey of recipients of general operating support grants found that they produced more than 30,000 events, reaching more than 300,000 people. This includes everything from museum exhibitions to music lessons.
  • In 2017, 14 individual artists and cultural leaders received scholarships for workshops, training, and conferences, adding to the creative capital of the Boulder community; 8 Title 1 school classrooms received funds for cultural field trips; 36 organizations and individuals received funding for arts events and education projects. A list of former grant awardees can be found here:

The City of Boulder’s Office of Arts and Culture is currently implementing Boulder’s Community Cultural Plan. Through a set of programs including cultural grants, public art, initiatives that support artists and the creative economy, and research, the office supports the community-created Vision for Culture: Together, we will craft Boulder’s social, physical and cultural environment to include creativity as an essential ingredient for the wellbeing, prosperity and joy of everyone in the community

Published: Dec. 4, 2017

Media Contacts:
Lauren Click, Grants Coordinator, Office of Arts + Culture, 720-564-2355
Ben Irwin, Deputy Communication Director, 303-441-3155

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