Colorado Arts Relief Grant

The Colorado Arts Relief Fund provides $15.5 million for the second round of funding to support arts, cultural and entertainment artists, crew members, and organizations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This program previously provided $7.5 million in early 2021 in its first round of funding.

Funding through this bill will be distributed through two separate grant applications:

  • Colorado Arts Relief—Business and Organization FY22
  • Colorado Arts Relief—Individuals FY22

This funding initiative was passed by the State of Colorado legislature and created in Section 1-24-48.5-116, enacted by HB21-1285

 Applications are open. This fund has two separate grant applications, one for businesses and organizations and one for individuals. You may only apply for one. If you are unsure which one you qualify for, please review the eligibility requirements. 

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Type: Grants

For: Arts, cultural and entertainment artists, crew members and organizations

Amount: Depends on applicant

Application deadline: November 2 at 4 pm

OEDIT division: Colorado Creative Industries

Download Business Grant Guidelines    

Download Individual Grant Guidelines    

Eligible organizations and businesses

Colorado Arts Relief Fund grants are open to Colorado-based for-profit, nonprofit, and government organizations or businesses involved in the music, theater, dance, visual arts, literary arts, or film industry.

Eligible organizations and businesses include, but are not limited to:

  • independent music venues
  • nonprofit and for-profit community theaters
  • galleries
  • art museums
  • performing arts venues
  • production companies
  • radio stations

Ineligible organizations include, but are not limited to:

  • sporting events
  • karaoke
  • exotic dancing
  • fitness
  • studios in private homes
  • private events (for example, galas and weddings)
  • franchise businesses
  • chain movie theaters that own and/or operate multiple physical locations

To be eligible, organizations and businesses need to:

  • program live music, comedy, dance, theater, motion picture, visual arts, literary arts, or film and television as a primary driver of their business
  • have been fully operational prior to March 15, 2020
  • be for-profit, nonprofit, or a government entity
  • be registered as a Colorado business and in Good Standing with the Colorado Secretary of State – be current in annual corporate reports and charitable solicitation registration
  • have its primary business location in Colorado
  • previously funded grantees in the first round of this grant are eligible, applicants who did not receive funding in the first round will be given higher priority 

Eligible individuals

Artists, musicians, dancers, performers, and crewmembers are eligible. Eligible applicants can be employees, 1099 contract workers, sole proprietors, or gig workers. If you received unemployment assistance or federal funding due to COVID-19, you are still eligible to apply for this grant.

We recommend that band members and members of any other type of collective that does not operate a physical venue apply as individuals. Artists, dancers, actors, musicians, and crew members are eligible to apply regardless of whether their employer applies for and/or receives funds through the business and organization fund.

To be eligible, an individual needs to:

  • be an arts, cultural, and entertainment artist or crew member, defined as individuals who work full-time or part-time in the music, dance, visual arts, literary arts, graphic design, theater, motion picture, or television industry
  • earn a significant portion of personal annual income (33% or more) through arts and culture activities
  • have been employed or been contracted to work as an arts, cultural, or entertainment artist or crew member prior to March 2020
  • have incurred a significant loss of income (33% or more based on 2019 annual income) as a direct result of the mandated closure of venues, galleries, or museums, or as a result of canceled events and activities
  • be at least 18 years old
  • be a Colorado resident, as of March 15, 2020, 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

Funding from the Colorado Arts Relief Fund Individuals FY22 application can be used to cover any personal or business expense. Funding restrictions include:

  • capital improvements
  • new construction
  • renovation or restoration or purchase of major equipment
  • distributions to partners and business acquisitions
  • re-granting of grant funds
  • fiscal agents
  • alcohol

 Applications close on November 2. 

No individual may be the lead applicant on more than one application.

If your level of financial need is: You will request:
Level 4: Extreme financial strain $4,000
Level 3: Severe financial strain $3,000
Level 2: Moderate financial strain $2,000
Level 1: Mild financial strain $1,000

Application materials

Each narrative question in the online application allows for 350 words. The online application will start a countdown when the applicant clicks into the field. 

Individuals will need to answer these questions:

  • Describe how your income or expenses have been adversely affected as a result of closures related to COVID-19.
  • Describe any additional financial responsibilities you have and/or barriers you have encountered to replacing lost personal income as a result of COVID-19.
  • Describe how these funds will be used to support your professional, post-pandemic recovery. 

 Applicants seeking assistance are advised to contact Leigh Kargol at RedLine Contemporary Art Center well in advance of the application deadline. Prior to contacting a staff member, applicants should read the guidelines thoroughly. 

 Applications close on November 2. 

No organization, business, or individual may be the lead applicant on more than one application.

If your cash operating revenue in your 2019 fiscal year was: You will request:
$2 million or more $200,000
$1 million or more $100,000
$500,000-999,999 $80,000
$250,000-499,999 $60,000
$100,000-249,999 $40,000
$50,000-$99,999 $20,000
Up to $50,000 $10,000

Application materials

Organizations will need to answer these questions:

  • provide a brief description of your organization or business
  • define your business or organization's mission or include a mission statement (optional)
  • define, in your own terms, the “community” that you are serving or strive to serve
  • describe the significance related to the artistic, cultural and or historic relevance of this business or organization to the local community and/or population that it serves
  • describe the role of your business or organization in local economic recovery  

Organizations will also need to provide the following documents:

  • a statement of your organization’s cash operating revenues for your 2019 fiscal year, signed by an authorized person in your business or organization
  • current Certificate of Good Standing from the Colorado Secretary of State

The application process will be administered by Colorado Creative Industries staff. Applications will be reviewed, scored with a standardized rubric, and ranked by reviewers. Applicants will be notified by email in December of the result of the funding recommendations.

August 2021 Grant information and staff support are available
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 The deadline to submit applications
November 2021 Review of applications
December 2021 Funding decisions announced 
January 1, 2022 to September 14, 2022 Funding period
September 15, 2022 Final report deadline by 4 pm

Reviewers will evaluate organization applications based on:

  • community and cultural impact (cultural significance and communities served)
  • economic impact (role in local economic recovery)
  • additional weight will be given to businesses supporting communities lacking access to resources
  • additional weight will be given to businesses that did not receive funding in the first round

Reviewers will evaluate individual applications based on:

  • severity of loss and financial strain
  • barriers to replacing lost personal income
  • likelihood of funds supporting post-pandemic professional recovery
  • additional weight will be given to individuals that lack access to resources
  • additional weight will be given to individuals that did not receive funding in the first round

Reviewers will consider an equitable distribution of funds across the state.

Grant recipients will be required to submit a final report due September 15, 2022 at 4 pm. The final report will ask in general terms how the funding was spent. Colorado Creative Industries has the right to withhold, reduce or cancel grants if an applicant: 

  • fails to comply with the terms of the grant award requirements, including submitting the final report

As a condition of the grant, Colorado Creative Industries requires the recipient of public funds to comply with all state laws and regulations pertaining to an audit.

All applications accepted for funding become official records of the State of Colorado and are subject to an audit. We require open access to accounting records for funds expended under the terms of contract award for the purpose of audit examination, reference, or transcription.

Additional conditions for organizations and businesses

As a condition of the grant, Colorado Creative Industries requires the recipient of public funds to comply with all state laws and regulations pertaining to the following:

  • Fair Labor Standards: including minimum wage and working conditions
  • Nondiscrimination: including statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of age, race, sex, color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry or marital status
  • Fair Language: In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, grant recipients must take adequate steps to ensure that people with limited English proficiency receive the 6 language assistance necessary to afford them meaningful access to programs, activities, and services.
  • Access for People with Disabilities: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibit discrimination against persons with disabilities. All events funded by the Creative Industries must be accessible to persons with disabilities, including those with visual, hearing, mobility and learning impairments. Questions about the Americans with Disabilities Act may be directed to VSA arts of Colorado at 303-777-0797.
  • Credit/Acknowledgment: Grantee agrees to send a letter to their state legislators, informing them of the importance of state funding.

In the first round of funding in early 2021, the Colorado Arts Relief Fund for individuals awarded $1.353 million to 594 individuals in 42 counties in Colorado. Grants to individuals were one-time flat amounts up to $2,500.

In the first round of funding in early 2021, the Colorado Arts Relief Fund for businesses and organizations awarded $5,999,000 for general operating support grants to 128 arts, culture, and entertainment organizations in 33 counties across Colorado.

Business and organization awardees

Museum of Outdoor Arts, $125,000 - Arapahoe County

Vintage Theatre Productions, Inc, $50,000 - Arapahoe County

Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, $10,000 - Arapahoe County

Gothic Theatre, $14,000 - Arapahoe County

Telluride Bluegrass Festival, PBC, $200,000 - Boulder County

Dickens Opera House, $50,000 - Boulder County

Z2 Entertainment, $200,000 - Boulder County 

Colorado Shakespeare Festival, $150,000 - Boulder County

BDT Stage, $125,000 - Boulder County

Boulder Ballet, $12,000 - Boulder County

Zuni Fetishes Direct, $20,000 - Boulder County

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, $50,000 - Boulder County

Circle of Care, $7,500 - Boulder County

Variety Arts of Louisville dba The Arts Hub, $75,000 - Boulder County

Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, $12,000 - Boulder County

Dairy Arts Center, $75,000 - Boulder County

Hanuman Festival, $15,000 - Boulder County

Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra, $3,000 - Boulder County

City of Salida, $40,000 - Chaffee County

Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts, $10,000 - Custer County

Friends of the Paradise Theatre, $9,000 - Delta County

Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center, $2,500 - Delta County 

The Coyote School DBA Elsewhere Studios, $3,000 - Delta County

Blue Sage Center for the Arts, $2,500 - Delta County

North Fork Valley Creative Coalition, $15,000 - Delta County

Berkeley Highlands Productions LLC, $100,000 - Denver County

Larimer Lounge LLC, $90,000 - Denver County

Globe Hall, $90,000 - Denver County

Su Teatro, $2,500 - Denver County

Guthrie LLC d/b/a Fort Greene Bar, $25,000 - Denver County

Clocktower Entertainment, $100,000 - Denver County

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, $20,000 - Denver County

The Walnut Room Denver LLC, $75,000 - Denver County

Euforquestra LLC, $20,000 - Denver County

Lost Lake Lounge, $90,000 - Denver County

The Black Actors Guild, $2,500 - Denver County

Swallow Hill Music, $150,000 - Denver County

The Armory, Denver, LLC, $20,000 - Denver County

The Roxy Theatre, $20,000 - Denver County

Museo de las Americas, $12,000 - Denver County

Roxy Denver LLC, $10,000 - Denver County

Trout Steak Revival, LLC, $30,000 - Denver County

Dash and A Twist, LLC dba Nocturne, $75,000 - Denver County

Rhinoceropolis LLC, $2,500 - Denver County

CMDance, $25,000 - Denver County

Denver Turnverein, Inc., $30,000 - Denver County

Wonderbound, $2,500 - Denver County

Colorado Ballet Company, $75,000 - Denver County

Knew Conscious Collective, Inc., $2,500 - Denver County

Denver Film, $100,000 - Denver County

Denver's Art District on Santa Fe, $3,000 - Denver County

Mizel Center for Arts and Culture, $75,000 - Denver County

Rangel Audio Services, $12,000 - Denver County

QTB, LLC dba Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, $150,000 - Denver County

Levitt Pavilion Denver, $14,000 - Denver County

Dazzle @ Baur's, $28,500 - Denver County

City of Lone Tree dba Lone Tree Arts Center, $75,000 - Douglas County

Cherokee Ranch & Castle Foundation, $150,000 - Douglas County

Cascade Village Theatre, Inc. d/b/a Capitol Theatre, $90,000 - Eagle County

The Art Base, $12,000 - Eagle County

Vail Valley Foundation, $125,000 - Eagle County

Valley Events Inc., $15,000 - Eagle County

Horns Up LLC DBA The Black Sheep, $50,000 - El Paso County

J & J Hip Hop Dance & Performing Arts Company, $3,000 - El Paso County

Pikes Peak Center for The Performing Arts, $150,000 - El Paso County

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, $75,000 - El Paso County

Manitou Art Center, $3,000 - El Paso County

Cottonwood Center for the Arts, $125,000 - El Paso County

Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra, $75,000 - El Paso County

LuLu's Downstairs, $14,000 - El Paso

Fremont Center for the Arts, $30,000 - Fremont County

Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, $75,000 - Grand County

Gunnison Council for the Arts, $9,000 - Gunnison County

Crested Butte Center for the Arts, $75,000 - Gunnison County

Crested Butte Mountain Theatre, $15,000 - Gunnison County

Crested Butte Society, Inc., $15,000 - Gunnison County

Lake City Arts Council, $10,000 - Hinsdale County

Spanish Peaks Community Foundation, Inc., $7,500 - Huerfano County

Museum of Friends, $50,000 - Huerfano County

La Veta Mercantile, $3,000 - Huerfano County

Spanish Peaks Arts Council, $7,500 - Huerfano County

NDR LLC., $125,000 - Jefferson County

Lakewood Cultural Center, $75,000 - Jefferson County

MOTH Poetic Circus, $50,000 - Jefferson County

Ovation West Performing Arts, $2,500 - Jefferson County

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, $75,000 - Jefferson County

Our Hometown Charitable Foundation, $10,000 - Kit Carson

Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, $20,000 - La Plata

Durango Arts Center, $25,000 - La Plata

Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering Inc., $15,000 - La Plata 

Cuckoo's Inc. dba Animas City Theatre, $40,000 - La Plata

Mishawaka, $75,000 - Larimer County

Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, $100,000 - Larimer County

Blazen Illuminations, $25,000 - Larimer County

Rythm EFX, LLC., $75,000 - Larimer County

Rialto Theater, $30,000 - Larimer County

City of Fort Collins - Lincoln Center, $100,000 - Larimer County

The Lyric, $100,000 - Larimer County

ArtoCade, $7,500 - Las Animas County

A.R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art, $12,000 - Las Animas County

SMRT Entertainment LLC, $75,000 - Logan County

Mesa Theater, $100,000 - Mesa County

Western Colorado Center for the Arts, $12,000 - Mesa County

Sandstone Entertainment Inc., $30,000 - Mesa County

Dance Fusion Inc DBA Absolute Dance, $12,000 - Mesa County

Creede Repertory Theatre Inc., $20,000 - Mineral County

Cortez Cultural Center, $3,000 - Montezuma County

Picketwire Players, $3,000 - Otero County

Friends of the Wright Opera House, Inc., $9,000 - Ouray County 

GPRC/Peerless Theatre, $3,000 - Phillips County

Pueblo Arts Alliance, $9,000 - Pueblo County

Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, INC., $20,000 - Pueblo County

Pueblo Memorial Hall, $12,000 - Pueblo County

The TANK Center for Sonic Arts, Inc., $7,500 - Rio Blanco County

Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, $50,000 - Routt County

Steamboat Springs Council of the Arts & Humanities, $12,000 - Routt County

Strings Music Festival, $75,000 - Routt County

Ah Haa School for the Arts, $20,000 - San Miguel County

Telluride Film Festival, $12,000 - San Miguel County

SBG Productions INC., $150,000 - San Miguel County

Telluride Arts District, $100,000 - San Miguel County

Sheridan Arts Foundation, $150,000 - San Miguel County

Telluride Repertory Theatre Company, $9,000 - San Miguel County

Peak Performances, Inc., $75,000 - Summit

Breckenridge Film Festival, $9,000 - Summit

City of Greeley - Union Colony Civic Center, $50,000 - Weld County

Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, $9,000 - Weld County

Moxi Theater, $14,000 - Weld County

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