Colorado Creates Grant

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Opportunities | Grants


What you need to know about the Colorado Creates grant for nonprofit arts organizations.

Due to changing priorities surrounding the impacts of COVID-19 on the arts and culture sector, we will not be offering the FY21 Colorado Creates grant, with a previously published deadline of June 1, 2020.

  • If you received a 2 year Colorado Creates grant in FY20, you will receive the second year funding after submitting your mid-year report, which will be available mid-April. The deadline for this report is June 1.
  • Reporting should be completed as scheduled for existing grantees with upcoming final reports. The deadline for final reports is July 31.

Colorado Creates grants are general operating support for organizations and communities to produce arts and cultural activities, impacting people in all regions of the state and enhancing the quality of life. Efforts are made to ensure distribution of funds throughout the state, with a specific goal of increasing investment in rural communities. Two deadlines are open to returning applicants only or new applicants.

Colorado Creates grants are now a two-year grant funding period for successful applicants. There is still a one-year sit-out period for organizations funded two years in a row. Some applicants funded this year (Fiscal Year 2019) will complete their second year of funding and must sit out the application process for Fiscal Year 2020. They may apply again after their sit-out year.  

Award Amount
$4,000 - $10,000
Eligibility Snapshot
  • Colorado-based 501 (c) 3 arts organizations
  • Minimum cash operating budget of $25,000
  • 3-year history of public programming

Interested in being a Colorado Creates Grant Panelist?

The Colorado Creates application review is a combination of individual online reading and commenting on applications and a “virtual” group discussion and funding recommendations over several hours.

The online review process will require a 10-20 hour commitment, with a 2-4 hour virtual meeting, depending on the number of applications. Since it is an online/virtual system, there is no travel required for panelists.

Panelists include artists, arts administrators, and community leaders who represent diverse geographic, ethnic, philosophical and aesthetic perspectives.

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Case Study

Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre

Colorado Creates grantee, Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre (SCRT), is located in the historic town of Trinidad, Colorado. Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre used CCI funds to provide a link between the educational and artistic elements of Trinidad and provide education and performance opportunities for local residents of all ages. With support from CCI’s Colorado Creates grant, Southern Colorado Rep. Theatre. has expanded exposure and accessibility to theatre throughout southern Colorado.