Colorado Creative Corps ARP Grant

The Colorado Creative Corps ARP Grant provides funds to individual artists for specific, definable projects that connect artists and organizations to local initiatives. Funded by the American Rescue Plan (ARP), a total of $500,000 is dedicated to support employment opportunities for artists impacted by COVID-19 through this funding by building new structures and partnerships that will help to sustain Colorado’s creative sector.

Grant awards are one-time flat amounts between $2,500 to $25,000. This grant may be used to fully fund a project. Matching funds are not required. Grant amounts will be determined and distributed based on the submitted budget and scope of the project and may differ from the requested amount.

 Applications are open for the first round and are due November 1. Apply now.


Type: Grant

For: Artists and artist collectives

Amount: $2,500 to $25,000

Application periods: Mid September to November 1, 2021 and November 2 to January 13, 2022

OEDIT division: Colorado Creative Industries

Download Grant Guidelines 

The timeline for this program is outlined in the table below. The funding period is from the date the funds are distributed to June 30, 2022. Projects need to occur and be completed within this time frame. 

September 2021 Applications open, staff support available
Mid September to November 1, 2021 Cycle A application round
November 2, 2021 to January 13, 2022 Cycle B application round
January 13, 2022 Final deadline to submit application at 4 pm MST
October 2021 to February 2022 Funding decisions announced on a rolling basis 
Through June 30, 2022 Funding period
July 15, 2022 Final report deadline at 4 pm MST

Eligible artists

To be eligible, you need to:

  • be an individual artist or part of an artist collective (collectives should apply under the name of an individual member of the applying collective)
  • be a current Colorado resident and plan to be a Colorado resident through the funding period
  • be at least 18 years old
  • partner or plan to partner with an organization or community partner on the project

Eligible projects

Projects should have a completion date of June 30, 2022. Projects need to be defined and impact areas including, but not limited to:

  • community development
  • sustainability and climate justice
  • youth development
  • mental health
  • cultural heritage
  • food justice
  • prison reform
  • place keeping
  • other civic engagements with the aim of fostering healthy communities

Virtual and online projects are eligible. Projects might include: 

  • art exhibitions
  • performances
  • readings
  • concerts
  • the creation of art
  • portfolio creation
  • murals in public spaces
  • arts education programs
  • creative-focused public events
  • other arts centric, community-building projects that will help art and artists to survive, and also embed the arts more deeply into communities

Funds need to be used solely as an artist fee or stipend for the grantee to carry out the specific project or activity. The cost of materials and supplies to carry out the project, as well as providing presentations, workshops, and research with tangible outcomes required by the project are allowable and considered part of the artist fee or stipend.

Funds cannot be used for re-granting.

Applications will be distributed in two cycles on a first-come, first-served basis:

  • Cycle A: Mid September, 2021 to November 1, 2021 at 4 pm MST
  • Cycle B: November 2, 2021 to Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 4 pm MST

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis during each cycle. No extensions will be granted, so we encourage all applicants to submit applications with plenty of time before the deadline.

Application and award process

  1. Review eligibility criteria and confirm that you and your project are eligible.
  2. Create or update your account information in the Colorado Creative Industries Grant portal.
  3. Prepare your application by gathering required documents and prepare your answers to narrative questions. Use the Colorado Creative Corps ARP Grant Application Materials document to help you.
  4. Review your application thoroughly and submit the application through the Colorado Creative Industries Grant portal. Call us with any questions at least a day or two prior to the deadline.
  5. Grants will be paid in two installments: 90% at the time of the award and 10% upon completion of the project.

Application materials

You will need to include:

  • proposal budget
  • up to five artistic samples

You will need to answer these narrative questions (limit of 350 words per response):

  • Describe the project and the community that will benefit from it.
  • Describe your artistic practice and interest in this project.
  • List the partners involved (ie artist(s), local organizations, advisors, etc.) and describe their roles. If certain partners have not yet been identified, describe the process for selecting partners.
  • Describe where the proposed artwork will be located or occur. How will the artwork product and/or creation process be accessible to the public or a defined community?
  • Please outline the timeline for the project with milestones?
  • How will success be determined?

 Colorado Creative Corps ARP Grant Application Materials    

Applications will be reviewed by a panel. Panelists will score applications with a standardized rubric and make recommendations to staff for approval by the Colorado Creative Industries Advisory Council on a rolling basis. The Colorado Creative Industries Council will then provide final approval. You will be notified via email, through the online grant portal, of your application status and how much funding you were approved for.

Colorado Creative Corps ARP Grant Rubric  

Proposals will be evaluated based on community engagement, impact, partnerships, and artistic excellence, and artistic merit.

The artistic excellence of the project will be measured by: 

  • quality of the artists, works of art, or services that the project will involve, as appropriate to the project
  • relevance of the artists, works of art, or services to a Colorado community, as defined by the applicant

The artistic merit of the project will be measured by: 

  • potential of the project to reach populations that are underserved—those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability
  • potential to make quality arts or cultural resources more widely available
  • appropriateness of the project to the artist’s and/or partnering organization's mission, audience, community, and/or constituency
  • ability of the project to grow the artist’s capacity and experience, as appropriate
  • ability to carry out the project based on such factors as the appropriateness of the budget, the quality and clarity of the project activities and goals, the resources involved, and the qualifications of the project's personnel
  • evidence of direct compensation to artists, art collectives, and/or art workers
  • as appropriate, engagement with the following constituencies as encouraged by White House Executive Orders:
    • historically black colleges and universities
    • Tribal colleges and universities
    • American Indian and Alaska Native tribes
    • African American serving institutions
    • Hispanic serving institutions
    • Asian American and Pacific Islander communities
    • organizations that support the independence and lifelong inclusion of people with disabilities

All funding needs to be used by June 30, 2022. If you were awarded funds, you will be required to submit a final report no more than 30 days after the completion of the project.

The final report will ask you:

  • federal data reporting questions
  • about the community impact and engagement that occurred as a result of this project
  • how many artists and/or creative workers employed during the project
  • total estimated paid hours of artist and/or creative worker employment during the  project
  • if this employment opportunity would have been available without support from this grant
  • if additional local, state, private support or cash resources were leveraged, the amount provided
  • if additional in-kind commitments or resources of another nature were leveraged, the amount provided
  • to provide project documentation (high resolution images, press articles, promotional materials)

Failure to submit a final report will make you ineligible for funding for all Colorado Creative Industries grants for one full year after the fiscal year in which the grant was awarded.

You need to include a Colorado Creative Industries logo in all announcements and promotional materials and publicly credit Colorado Creative Industries at any public events related to your grant-funded program and activities.  Recipients may also use the current National Endowment for the Arts logo if desired.

You need to submit a final report about how you met your organizational and project goals and the community impact of the activities. Final reports need to include a financial report for the funded activity clearly showing how you spent the money, numbers of people and communities served, and numbers of artists and youth the project engaged. Grant recipients who do not submit final reports are ineligible for further Colorado Creative Industries funding.

As a condition of the grant, Colorado Creative Industries requires the recipient of public funds to comply with all state terms (PDF) and federal terms (PDF). All material submitted regarding application for grant funds becomes the property of the State of Colorado and is subject to the terms of Colorado Revised Statutes 24-72-201 through 24-72- 206, Public Open Records. The State of Colorado has the right to use any or all information/material presented in reply to the Announcement, subject to limitations for proprietary or confidential information. Disqualification or denial of the application does not eliminate this right. Any restrictions on the use or inspection of material contained within the proposal shall be clearly stated in the proposal itself. The contents of the application will become contractual obligations if the project is funded.

Colorado Creative Industries can withhold, reduce, or cancel awards if a grantee:

  • misses deadlines for reports
  • does not notify the Colorado Creative Industries of significant management changes or instances of fraud or embezzlement
  • fails to comply with the grant award requirements
  • demonstrates inadequate financial management and oversight
  • does not properly credit support from Colorado Creative Industries

Colorado Creative Industries requires recipients of public funds to comply with all state and federal laws and regulations, including but not limited to:

  • Fair Labor Standards – Meet requirements for minimum wage and working conditions.
  • Nondiscrimination – Statutes prohibite discrimination on the basis of age, race, sex, color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry or marital status.
  • Audit – All applications accepted for funding become official records of the State of Colorado and are subject to an audit. Colorado Creative Industries requires open access to accounting records for award funds spent for the purpose of audit examination, reference, or transcription.
  • Drug-Free Work Place – Comply to the extent applicable with the Drug-Free Work Place Act of 1988.
  • Fair Language – To comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, grant recipients need to take adequate steps to provide language assistance so people with limited English proficiency can meaningfully access 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 people with disabilities. All events funded by Colorado Creative Industries need to be accessible to people with disabilities including visual, hearing, mobility, and learning impairments. If you have questions about the Americans with Disabilities Act, contact Access Gallery at 303-777-0797.

Grantee agrees to send a letter to their state legislators, informing them of the importance of state funding. 

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