A incentive for nonprofits to employ Boulder-based visual, performing, and literary artists to perform, or create new work.

Si prefiere leer este documento en español, haga clic aquí. Se puede responder a la solicitud en español. Un miembro del personal de la Oficina de Artes y Cultura traducirá sus respuestas para que sean revisadas.

For this application in other languages please contact the Office of Arts + Culture Program Manager Lauren Click at clickl@bouldercolorado.gov.

Purpose

To respond to industry-specific, COVID-related workforce impacts through targeted grants to Boulder-based organizations. This grant is a hiring incentive for nonprofits to employ Boulder-based visual, performing, and literary artists to perform, or create new work. This grant is funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

The creative industries represent approximately 10% of the workforce in Boulder (WESTAF Creative Vitality Snapshot for the City of Boulder, 2017). This sector was disproportionately impacted by the pandemic; one study by Colorado State University and Colorado Creative Industries estimates that, state-wide, the industry retracted by about one decade of growth in workforce and revenue (2020 Colorado Creative Economy Report, 15-17).

How to Apply

Get Informed

Review the below information in full.

Grant Portal

Log onto the Boulder Arts Commission online grant portal. If you have not logged on before, make a profile. Applications must be submitted using our online grant applications.

Application Contents

  • Online application form
  • Project summary
  • Project budget, including artist fee
  • Anti-discrimination statement
  • Venue confirmation letter
  • Other supporting documents

Application Confirmation

Look for an automated email message confirming receipt of your application.

Lottery-style Selection

Artist Hiring Incentive Grants are awarded by the Office of Arts and Culture staff in a lottery-style selection. Staff uses Picker Wheel website to select 6 awardees randomly from the applicants. This is recorded for transparency.

Announcement of Recipients

Grantees are alerted and are announced at the next meeting of the Boulder Arts Commission following the deadline.

Completion of Paperwork

When a grant is awarded, staff from the Office of Arts and Culture will contact the successful applicant to complete any necessary paperwork.

Details

Total Funds: $54,000

Awards: 18 grants at $3,000 each. The costs of hiring a Boulder-based artist for exhibition or performance.

Cycle: Three rounds awarding 6 grants each cycle.

Decision Timelines

Round one

  • Monday, January 1, 2024 – Applications open
  • Friday, February 2 at 11:59 p.m. – Deadline for applications
  • February 2 to February 9 – Staff reviews applications for eligibility
  • Friday, February 9 – Staff uses Picker Wheel website to select 6 awardees randomly from the applicants. This is recorded for transparency. Grantees are alerted via email and are announced at the next meeting of the Boulder Arts Commission following the deadline.

Watch the lottery here.

Round two

  • Monday, February 12 – Applications open
  • Friday, March 15 at 11:59 p.m. – Deadline for applications
  • March 15 to March 22 – Staff reviews applications for eligibility
  • Friday, March 22 – Staff uses Picker Wheel website to select 6 awardees randomly from the applicants. This is recorded for transparency. Grantees are alerted via email and are announced at the next meeting of the Boulder Arts Commission following the deadline.

Round three

  • Monday, March 25 – Applications open
  • Friday, April 26 at 11:59 p.m. – Deadline for applications
  • April 26 to May 3 – Staff reviews applications for eligibility
  • Friday, May 3 – Staff uses Picker Wheel website to select 6 awardees randomly from the applicants. This is recorded for transparency. Grantees are alerted via email and are announced at the next meeting of the Boulder Arts Commission following the deadline.

Eligibility Requirements

  • General eligibility. Meets all general eligibility requirements.
  • Applicants. Any organization may apply if the general eligibility requirements are met, including non-profit organizations, organizations with pending non-profit status, fiscally sponsored organizations, and for-profit organizations with a community focus. These for-profit organizations must be able to demonstrate the following:
    • The organization has community-oriented mission and goals, services, and programming.
    • The organization is currently active and has conducted programming consistently for at least two years.
    • The organization has oversight from a board, advisory committee, or other stewardship group. That group must include community representation.
  • Service area and programming. Projects must have a significant component of public programming that takes place within the city limits of Boulder. This programming must meet the criteria described in the Chapter 14-1-2 of the City of Boulder Revised Code. The applicant must demonstrate that they are headquartered in the city limits of Boulder. Applicants may also demonstrate that they are partnered with a Boulder-based organization. Examples of documentation to demonstrate being headquartered or residing in Boulder may include a utility bill, phone bill, pay stub, renter’s or mortgage bill, lease, insurance policy, or other official document. P.O. Boxes are not acceptable. The term “city limits of Boulder” is defined in the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan. For additional information on the planning area and Comprehensive Plan visit this link. As a shorthand, office staff use addresses with the zip code starting with 803— to determine if it is in the acceptable area.
  • Boulder-based artists. The artist hired must have their primary address in Boulder. Examples of documentation to demonstrate having a primary address in Boulder may include a utility bill, phone bill, pay stub, renter’s or mortgage bill, lease, insurance policy, or other official document. P.O. Boxes are not acceptable. The term “city limits of Boulder” is defined in the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan. For additional information on the planning area and Comprehensive Plan visit this link. As a shorthand, office staff use addresses with the zip code starting with 803— to determine if it is in the acceptable area.
  • Award Limitations. One grant per organization or business will be awarded annually.
  • Projects must take place after the grant funding decision and be completed by June 30, 2025.

Review Process

Deliberation and evaluation of applications. Artist Hiring Incentive Grants are selected lottery-style to those who have met all the requirements of application. Staff may take applications to the Arts Commission for review should they have questions. Awards are announced at the next meeting of the Boulder Arts Commission following the deadline.

Apply

Log onto the Boulder Arts Commission online grant portal to preview and apply. If you have not logged on before, make a profile. Applications must be submitted using our online grant applications.

Appeals Process

Written Appeals Process. The deadline for a written appeal is 14 days after funding decisions has been made by the Boulder Arts Commission. Find more information about the appeals process.

Reporting

Grant report forms are on the Boulder Arts Commission grants software. Log in with the same user name and password utilized to submit the application. After logging in, go to the ‘Dashboard’, then you’ll see a ‘Follow Up’ section for the grant. On the far right is the ‘Edit’ button. That will take you to complete the final report.

After you submit the report you’ll receive email confirmation and copy of the report via the email that you have included in the report. Contact Lauren Click at clickl@bouldercolorado.gov or 720-564-2355 if you do not receive email confirmation.