Monday, December 12, 2016
Office of: 
Economic Development and International Trade


Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) today announced the recipients for the second cycle of the FY17 Career Advancement grant program. A total of 12 grants were awarded in 6 counties across the state totaling $22,329. The agency’s grants benefit creative entrepreneurs and artists to help stimulate their commercial creative business. The goal is that awardees will achieve tangible business benefits such as increased revenue, new audiences or improved management practices. 

Grants awarded for the second cycle of FY17 fund projects occurring between January 1, 2017 – June 30, 2017. Awards range from $500 - $2,500, require a 1:1 cash match and are paid on a reimbursement basis. Grant requests are reviewed through a competitive process and applicants must demonstrate artistic merit, career impact and sound budget.

“Colorado’s national ranking for its concentration of creative industries is very high and continues to grow,” said Margaret Hunt, director of CCI. “Many creative entrepreneurs are self employed, sole proprietors or small businesses. Career Advancement awards support creative workers and give them the competitive edge they need to take their career or business to the next level.”

To distribute support broadly throughout the creative industries, each Career Advancement annual cycle focuses on one or more specific industries. Although projects in all creative industry areas are eligible to apply, additional points are awarded to applicants in identified strategic priority areas. CCI’s strategic priorities for FY16 are centered on fashion arts and graphic design. A complete list of grant recipients by county is below, and is available online at

Boulder County Grantees

Susan Kelley/Bow Wow Film Festival - $2,500

Denver County Grantees

Amber Blais - $750

Blake Brown - $2,500

Joel Swanson - $2,500

Victa Designs - $2,085

Lydia Hooper - $700

Nikki Pike - $2,223

Eagle County Grantees

Jodie Hollander - $2,500

Garfield County Grantees

Kenichi Custom Woodworking - $2,500

Larimer County Grantees

Be Reel Pictures - $1,821

Lucien Meadows - $1,500

San Miguel County Grantees

Colleen Thompson - $750



Colorado’s Creative Industries Division, Colorado’s state arts agency, is a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Established to capitalize on the immense potential for our creative sector to enhance economic growth in Colorado, the mission of Colorado Creative Industries is to promote, support and expand the creative industries to drive Colorado’s economy, grow jobs and enhance our quality of life.