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 www.coloradocreativeindustries.org.
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
ABOUT COLORADO CREATIVE INDUSTRIES DIVISION
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. www.coloradocreativeindustries.org