BCAA/Neodata Endowment Grant

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Neodata Endowment grants are available twice each year:

  • General operating or equipment support - spring
  • Unrestricted fellowships in rotating disciplines - spring
  • Individual or organization project support - late summer

Awards are between $1000 to $3000. 

Review previously awarded grants here.

The next application deadline is Thursday, August 6, 2015, at 5:00 pm.

Plan to attend a grant coaching session on Thursday, July 16, 2015 5-6:00 pm, in the conference room across the hall from the Arts Alliance office. Call 303-447-2422 to RSVP or email info@bouldercountyarts.org.

Grant awards will be announced in mid October.

Please note! We are no longer accepting paper copies of grants. All proposals must be submitted through our online application form. The links, below, will be activated when we begin accepting proposals for the grant cycle. 

Final Report: A final report must be submitted within one year of the grant award date. You must use the online final report form.

Description: The BCAA/Neodata Endowment was established to support artistic excellence and promote stability among individual artists and art organizations working within Boulder County. The endowment funds have been made available through the generous support of Neodata Services, Inc. 

Who may apply: BCAA will accept applications from any individual artist, arts organization, arts group, or school that is based in Boulder County. Applicants must have lived in Boulder County for one year. All applicants must be members of BCAA. 501(c)(3) status is not required. Applications from students currently enrolled in a degree program will not be considered for projects related to the academic program. 

During the spring funding cycle individual artists may apply for fellowships (in one of two rotating disciplines) as well as equipment support. Organizations may apply for general operating or equipment support. Individual artists and organizations may only receive one grant per calendar year and may not receive grants in two consecutive cycles. The exception is the Fellowship award which may be in addition to a project or equipment grant.

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Activities not funded: The following activities are not eligible for support through the BCAA/Neodata Endowment grant program:

  • Fundraising activities
  • Money for prizes or scholarships
  • Membership and ticket selling campaigns
  • Travel expenses (except fellowships)
  • Deficit reduction
  • Multi-year projects
  • Research directed primarily to academic purposes or scholarly projects
  • Receptions

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Operating Support and Equipment (spring): These grants are designed to assist organizations in realizing their mission or improving or expanding their services or programming. Individual artists may also apply for equipment support. Applicants must be as specific as possible concerning how the grant funds will be used and the anticipated impact of these funds on the organization. The following criteria are used to evaluate organization operating support or organization equipment applications:

  • Mission of the organization as it pertains to both the audience and artists of Boulder County
  • Impact of grant funds on the organization's ability to realize its mission and activities
  • Evidence of need
  • Evidence of sound management, including board participation, fiscal integrity, and administrative capability
  • Artistic excellence of the organization

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Fellowships (spring): BCAA/Neodata Fellowships are unrestricted cash awards designed to further the established artist's career and to recognize artistic achievement through an accumulated body of work in the designated discipline. Every year, fellowships are awarded in different disciplines. The following criteria are used to evaluate fellowship applications:

  • Artistic excellence of accumulated work
  • Evidence of artistic achievement
  • Impact of the fellowship on the artist's career

Schedule: Fellowships are awarded in 6 disciplines on a rotating schedule - 2 disciplines each year to be repeated every 3rd year. The following is the schedule for the next 3 years:

  • 2015 - Music and Literature
  • 2016 - Media and Theatre
  • 2017 - Dance and Visual Art

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Individual and Organization Project Support (fall): Project grants will be awarded to support artistically excellent work that has a broad impact on the community. Impact may include outreach efforts, audience education, collaborations, and partnerships. Individual artists may include equipment in their project requests. The following criteria are used to evaluate individual project support applications:

  • Artistic excellence of the proposed project
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out project
  • Impact on the community
  • Impact on the artist's career
  • Evidence of need
  • Project takes place during the year following the grant award
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