BCAA Endowment Fellowship Guidelines

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The BCAA Endowment was established through the generous support of Neodata Services Inc. in 1986 to support artistic excellence and promote stability among individual artists and arts organizations working within Boulder County. The BCAA Endowment Fellowships were designed to provide unrestricted awards in two disciplines out of six (dance, music, film/media, visual arts, theater and literature) with the cycle repeating every three years. Fellowships are offered to individual artists each spring and the awards are for $1000. Fellowships are unrestricted cash awards designed to recognize artistic achievement through an accumulated body of work in a designated discipline and to further the established artist's career. The cycle rotations are as follows:

  • 2017 - Dance and Visual Art
  • 2018 - Music and Literature
  • 2019 - Media and Theatre

Important Dates:

Application deadline - Applications must be rsubmitted online by 5:00pm on the application deadline date. The form will be taken off line at 5:01pm and will not be available for edits or submission.

Grant coaching session - The coaching session is primarily oriented to grant writing for the BCAA Endowment grants which are awarded for project, equipment purchase or general operating support; but many general tips for improving writing or understanding how the panel works could be shared by all fellowship grant applicants.

Reception/grant distribution - All applicants are invited to attend a grant distribution reception. Awardees will be asked to share their aspirations for the use of the award. This is a great opportunity to learn about what's happening in the arts in Boulder County and to network with other artists and organizations.

Requirements for Consideration:

All fellowship applicants must be current members of the Boulder County Arts Alliance. If you are not a current member of BCAA or your membership has expired, please visit our membership page for a membership form or to join/renew online. Additionally, applicants must have at least three years of continuous residence in Boulder County prior to submission of this application and be at least 18 years old.


Recipients of prior BCAA Endowment Fellowships will NOT be considered by the panel.

Evaluation Criteria:

Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate artistically excellent work that has benefited or may benefit the Boulder County community in the future. All applications will be reviewed by a multi-disciplinary panel. The following criteria should be addressed clearly and specifically in your application:

  • Artistic excellence of an accumulated body of work in a discipline
  • Evidence of artistic achievement as recognized by the arts community and the Boulder community in general
  • Impact of fellowship on the artist's career

Application Process:

A completed application consists of the following:

  • Completed BCAA Endowment Fellowship Application Narrative
  • Resume, C.V., or profile of the applicant. Not to exceed three pages.
  • Signed letters of recommendation. 2 letters minimum, 3 letters maximum.
  • Support Material. This should include press reviews that support the application. For written disciplines include a sample of your writing.
  • Audio Visual Material This may include links to websites where audio or visual material can be accessed or still images. Applicants should be sure that examples are of high quality.

The online application form may be found here.


Refer to FAQ page for answers to frequently asked questions. For additional information about the BCAA Endowment Grants or Fellowships and tips for submitting a successful application, plan to attend the grant coaching session above or call 303-447-2422.

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