BCAA Endowment Grant

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The BCAA Endowment was originally established through the generous support of Neodata Services, Inc. in 1986 to support artistic excellence and promote stability among artists and arts organizations operating within Boulder County.

Endowment funds are administered twice yearly to support individual artists and arts organizations with General Operating Support, Equipment purchase or Projects that will have an impact on the community. This impact may include education, innovative programming, inclusiveness and/or collaborations.

The minimum grant award is $1,000. The 2018 General Operating Support, Project and Equipment Grant funding cap is $5,000. Fellowship awards are $1000 each.

New in 2018: Due to the large number of General Operating Support applications received in the spring, Equipment Grants and Fellowships have been moved from the spring to late summer cycle. This is in order to make the review process more equitable for our volunteer grant panelists and to help insure enough funding for all grants.

BCAA Endowment grants are available twice each year:

  • General Operating Support - spring
  • Unrestricted Fellowships in rotating disciplines - late summer
  • Individual/organization Project Support, Equipment Support - late summer

Awards are between $1000 to $5000. 

Review previously awarded grants here.

The next application deadline is Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 5 pm.

Plan to attend a free grant coaching session on Thursday, March 29 from 5 -6:15 pm, especially if this is your first time applying. Space is limited! Please register in advance (and cancel if you are unable to attend.)  The coaching session will be held at the KGNU Community Room, 4700 Walnut St, Boulder.

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 14 months of the grant award date. You must use the online final report form.

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 or operated in Boulder County for one year. All applicants must be members of BCAA. 501(c)(3) status is not required.

During the spring funding cycle only Organizations may apply for General Operating Support. For the late summer funding cycle individual artists may apply for Fellowships (in one of two rotating disciplines) as well as Project or Equipment support. Organizations may apply for project 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.

A signed w9 for the current year is required by all recipients. Grant checks will not be distributed to a recipient until the w9 is on file. Grant funds not distributed before 12/31 of the current year will be returned to BCAA for use in the upcoming grant cycle.

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

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

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Operating Support (spring): These grants are designed to assist organizations in realizing their mission or improving or expanding their services or programming. 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 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 

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Fellowships (late summer): BCAA 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:

  • 2018 - Music and Literature
  • 2019 - Media and Theatre
  • 2020 - Dance and Visual Art

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Individual and Organization Project or Equipment Support (late summer): 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 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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