Colorado Arts Partnership Grants

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As of September 12, 2017, CAP Grants are available again!


  • September 12, 2017       Grant Application becomes available
  • September 28, 2017      Grant Writing Workshop – Creative Learning Lab
  • November 10, 2017       Grant Application deadline
  • December 1, 2017          Award Notifications will be sent
  • May 18, 2018                  Final Report due


The Colorado Arts Partnership Grants (CAP Grant) are funded by Think 360 Arts, Colorado Creative Industries, and the National Endowment for the Arts. CAP Grants will support Colorado schools in executing innovation and creativity surrounding their arts in education programs, and they will support Colorado artists and arts education organizations through collaboration with schools.

CAP Grants provide Colorado public schools the exclusive opportunity to apply for funding that supplements and supports arts instruction for students during the school day. The CAP Grants will support innovative projects that demonstrate strong collaboration among community arts partners and teachers in order to provide arts instruction to students.

Click HERE to see the final reports from CAP Grants awarded in 2016-2017. 

About Think 360 Arts

Think 360 Arts is a leading provider of arts education programs and services in Colorado and is an affiliate of Young Audiences Arts for Learning. Think 360 Arts serves as a resource for teacher professional development, a liaison between schools and teaching artists, and a clearinghouse of best practices and research in arts integration. Think 360 Arts is here as a resource and support mechanism for your grant application. Please feel free to contact Think 360 Arts Education Director, Jason Diminich, with any of your questions and/or concerns about the application process. Think 360 Arts is here to assure your success and support your endeavors in executing innovation and creativity surrounding your arts in education programs.

About Colorado Creative Industries

Colorado’s Creative Industries Division, Colorado’s state arts agency, is a division of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Established to capitalize on the immense potential of our creative sector to enhance economic growth in Colorado, the mission statement for the Colorado Creative Industries, “to promote, support and expand the creative industries to drive Colorado’s economy, grow jobs and enhance our quality of life.”

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicant must be a faculty or staff member of a Colorado school that serves K-12 students. Religious schools are not eligible.
  • School must provide a financial match of at least 30% of the amount requested. The match can come from numerous sources; i.e. school funds, PTA/PTO funds, grants, foundations, and/or student fees.
  • The project must occur during the academic school day.
  • The project must impact students surrounding innovation and creativity.
  • The project must involve a Colorado artist/s or arts organization.
  • Schools that had previously received funding from Colorado Creative Industries and/or Think 360 Arts must be in good standing with respect to final reports and evaluations.
  • Please limit your proposals to one per school.

Grant FAQs

What types of projects will you fund?
How and when will the funding be distributed?
Which arts disciplines are included?
What are community arts partners?
How will the grant be administered?
How do I figure out my budget?
What is required in the evaluation of the grant?
How will the grant applications be reviewed?
Who is on the panel that reviews the grant applications?
What if the panel rejects our proposal?
What are the possible award amounts?

We will not fund:

  • Religious institutions, schools or projects
  • Capital improvement projects
  • After/before school programs or clubs
  • Summer programs
  • Professional development for teachers
  • Scholarships for students to participate in off-site activities
  • Fundraising projects
  • Lobbying expenses
  • Re-granting
  • Debt reduction
  • Grant processing fees

Grant Review Process

The grant applications will be reviewed by an independent panel based on a rubric for each required element of the grant. Panelists may include: Think 360 Arts staff members, Colorado Creative Industries staff, arts educators, and representatives from other arts education organizations.

School Reporting Procedure

Schools will be required to document the project through narrative description, testimonials, photography, video, and artifacts if applicable. Schools will upload documentation of the completed project to the Think 360 Arts website as soon as the project is completed in order to receive the second half of their CAP Grant award.

Ready to Get Started?

Once the grant application is active, all you need to do is register as an educator on this website using the link at the top right-hand corner of this page.

We have created a helpful Webinar presentation with lots of tips and suggestions for writing a successful CAP Grants proposal. It is highly recommended that you view this presentation before you dive into writing your grant.

Download “How to Write a Successful CAP Grant” Presentation Here [40 MB]

Note: This presentation includes an audio narration and may not work in older versions of PowerPoint. In order to listen to the audio, view the file as a slideshow presentation, or click on the speaker icon at the bottom of each slide.

If you need any assistance, please contact Jason Diminich.