Colorado Creates Grant

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

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.

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 2017) will complete their second year of funding and must sit out the application process for Fiscal Year 2018. They may apply again for Fiscal Year 2019.  For FY18 Sit Out Organizations, click here.

Second-year funding instructions For Fiscal Year 2018

NOTE: These grants provide the second year of funding for the two-year period beginning in CCI fiscal year 2017, with funding dependent on CCI funding and grantees meeting all conditions of the grant.  Only a limited number of organizations are eligible for this second-year funding in this cycle.  See “ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS” list here.


FY 2018 Colorado Creates Panels

If you are interested in listening to a Colorado Creates grant panel, please call at the specified time using the number below and enter the meeting ID associated with the panel.

Dial: +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll)

Front Range Colorado Creates Panel                                 

Tuesday, August 1

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Meeting ID (for call in): 735 897 469

Southwest Colorado Creates Grant Panel

Tuesday, August 1

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Meeting ID (for call in): 134 485 884

Boulder Colorado Creates Panel

Wednesday, August 2

12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Meeting ID (for call in): 951 701 282

Denver Colorado Creates Panel

Tuesday, August 8

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Meeting ID (for call in): 169 739 970

Northwest Colorado Creates Panel

Thursday, August 10

1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Meeting ID (for call in): 867 749 480

Central/East Colorado Creates Panel

Tuesday, August 15

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Meeting ID (for call in): 843 141 502

Metro 1 Colorado Creates Panel

Friday, August 18

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Meeting ID (for call in): 704 361 475

Metro 2 Colorado Creates Panel

Friday, August 18

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Meeting ID (for call in): 803 909 760



Thursday June 1 4:00 pm
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.

Sign up using the form below to be considered.

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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.