Recipients of FY20 Colorado Creates Grants Announced

Nicole Banowetz & Chris Bagley
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Recipients of FY20 Colorado Creates Grants Announced

DENVER—Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) today announced recipients for the Colorado Creates grant program for Fiscal Year 2020. A total of 134 grants were awarded in 27 counties across the state totaling $915,000. The agency’s grants benefit both small and large communities, with 38% of grant funds awarded in communities located outside the Denver metro area.

Colorado Creates is CCI’s largest grant program, providing critical financial support that helps nonprofit cultural organizations and government agencies produce and present arts and cultural activities, bringing jobs to their communities and enhancing their quality of life. CCI has implemented an extended 21-month grant cycle for the Colorado Creates program, allowing funded organizations to receive a second round of funds by submitting a mid-cycle report. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis and provide a seal of excellence that helps organizations leverage local and national funds. The next application deadline for Colorado Creates is June 1, 2020.

“The state is experiencing healthy growth in the creative economy, due in large part to combined state, local and regional efforts to advance support for artists, nonprofit arts organizations and creative place making efforts,” said director of Colorado Creative Industries Margaret Hunt. “We applaud the talented and hard-working groups that contribute to our state’s vibrant economy and, just as importantly, to our amazing quality of life. We are glad to support their work with the Colorado Creates grants each year.”

A complete list of this year’s grant recipients by county is available online at

About Colorado Creative Industries
Colorado Creative Industries, Colorado’s state arts agency is a division of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Established to capitalize on the immense potential of the creative sector to enhance economic growth, 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.

About Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade
The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) works with partners to create a positive business climate that encourages dynamic economic development and sustainable job growth. Under the leadership of Governor Jared Polis, we strive to advance the State’s economy through financial and technical assistance that fosters local and regional economic development activities throughout Colorado. OEDIT offers a host of programs and services tailored to support business development at every level including business retention services, business relocation services, and business funding and incentives. Our office includes the Global Business Development division; Colorado Tourism Office; Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office; Colorado Creative Industries; Business Financing & Incentives division; the Colorado Small Business Development Network; Colorado Office of Film, TV & Media; the Minority Business Office; and the Colorado Innovation Network. Learn more at