Colorado Creative Industries is giving grants of up to $25,000 to Colorado artists to support Coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery. Funding is intended to provide employment opportunities for artists affected by the pandemic. Eligible projects include in-person and virtual projects that connect artists to local initiatives in areas of interest including mental health, community development, and cultural heritage.
Projects need to be defined and impact areas including, but not limited to:
- Community development
- Sustainability and climate justice
- Youth development
- Mental health
- Cultural heritage
- Food justice
- Prison reform
- Place keeping
- Other civic engagements with the aim of fostering healthy communities
Virtual and online projects are eligible. Projects might include:
- Art exhibitions
- The creation of art
- Portfolio creation
- Murals in public spaces
- Arts education programs
- Creative-focused public events
- Other arts centric, community-building projects that will help art and artists to survive, and also embed the arts more deeply into communities
Eligible Costs: Funds need to be used solely as an artist fee or stipend for the grantee to carry out the specific project or activity. The cost of materials and supplies to carry out the project, as well as providing presentations, workshops, and research with tangible outcomes required by the project are allowable and considered part of the artist fee or stipend. Grants will be paid in two installments: 90% at the time of the award and 10% upon completion of the project.
Attend a webinar about this grant on November 12. The session will present general information, in addition to a panel discussion with Colorado artists who will share tips and insights into how they have successfully collaborated with community organizations and implemented community engagement practices in their artistic projects.
An applicant must meet the following criteria:
- Must be an individual artist
- Must be a current Colorado resident and plan to be a Colorado resident through the funding period. No out-of-state applications will be considered, and no checks will be mailed out of state.
- Must be at least 18 years old
- Artist collectives are eligible to apply, but will do so under the name of an individual member of the applying collective.
- An organization or community partner or a plan to select an organization or community partner must be in place when submitting an application.
Funds cannot be used for re-granting.