2022 MLK Jr. Day Celebration Grants

The City of Boulder is seeking to support organizations that honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and explore his work in the context of the Boulder community.

The Human Relations Commission and Office of Arts and Culture is currently reviewing proposals from local organizations that would like to hold an event for the city’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration on Saturday Jan. 15, Sunday Jan. 16 or Monday Jan. 17, 2022.

Proposals were due on Sept. 13, 2021.

Updates on the event and future funding opportunities will be posted to this webpage.


Organizations that meet the criteria may be eligible for grants with a maximum amount of $1,000 for each event. The Office of Arts and Culture is offering enhancement funds of up to $1,500 each for projects that include an arts component, for a maximum award of $2,500 per event.

Factors to be considered in funding decisions include:

  • Potential to extend insight into the life and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Potential to attract and engage an audience

Funding eligibility criteria:

  • Event must include a goal of inclusivity and respect for diversity
  • Event must be free, open and accessible to the public
  • Any not-for-profit community group may apply, however if an applicant does not have 501(c)(3) status, they must designate a fiscal agent to receive grant funds on their behalf
  • Event must be held on Jan. 15, 16, or 17, 2022
  • Grantee must participate on a planning committee with other MLK Fund grantees to coordinate location and times of activities

Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021.