In 2014, Colorado Creative Industries and Think 360 Arts for Learning joined forces to launch a new collaborative grant-making program: Colorado Arts Partnership (CAP) Grants. The purpose of CAP Grants is to provide schools throughout Colorado with the opportunity to apply for grant money ($2,000 – $5,000) for collaborative programming with a community artist that sparks innovation, creativity, and joy. Art forms can include visual arts, music, dance, theater, performance art, storytelling, and poetry, among many others.
In line with our efforts to engage Coloradans of all ages in innovative arts programming that inspires creativity, builds community, and advances equity, we encourage applicants to consider equity and access when identifying populations to serve and artists/organizations to partner with. CAP Grants are a great method for bringing in artists to enhance social emotional learning, arts integration, student mental health, school-wide projects, and offerings that students ordinarily would not have access to.
- September 16, 2022: CAP Grant application opens
- November 14, 2022: CAP Grant application deadline
- December 5-9, 2022: Award Notifications will be sent
- May 15, 2023: Final Report due. Projects must be completed by May, 2023.
Note: you will not be able to save your application and return to it later. Please prepare your responses ahead of time so that you are ready to start and complete your application in one sitting.
- Applicant(s) must be faculty or staff member(s) of a Colorado public school that serves K-12 students. Private and religious schools are not eligible.
- Project awards are between $2,000 and $5,000. The host school must provide a financial match of at least 30% of the amount requested. The match can come from numerous sources; e.g. school funds, PTA/PTO funds, grants, foundations, and/or student fees. NEW THIS YEAR: Title I and Rural schools will be able to request a matching funds waiver.
- The majority of the project must occur during the academic school day
- The project must impact students through innovation and creativity.
- The project must involve a Colorado artist/s or arts organization. If you would like artist or organization recommendations, Think 360 Arts staff can provide support.
- Please limit your proposals to one per school.
- For a complete list of eligibility criteria and CAP Grant questions, please refer to this document.
Schools will be required to document the project through narrative description, testimonials, photography, video, and/or artifacts if applicable. Think 360 Arts staff will be available for support during the project and may schedule a site visit to see how the project is going. Once the project is complete, each school will submit documentation of the completed project via google form in order to receive the second half of their CAP Grant award.
For those schools looking to work with an artist on the Think 360 Arts Teaching Artist roster, please contact Zoe Carlson (firstname.lastname@example.org) to confirm current artist rates and materials cost for your budget. This will ensure that your budget is correct and that your grant proposal is equitably considered.
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.”
If you need any assistance, please contact Think 360 Arts Education Director Alex Oves at email@example.com.