In 2014, Colorado Creative Industries and Think 360 Arts for Learning joined forces to launch a new collaborative grant-making program: Colorado Arts Partnership Grants. CAP Grants are a unique opportunity in the area of arts funding. 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 and innovative arts programming.
We developed CAP Grants with several goals in mind: accessibility, building community connections, leveraging school investment, and visibility.
As of September 13, 2019, CAP Grants are available again!
- September 13, 2019 Grant Application becomes available
- November 15, 2019 Grant Application Closes at 5pm
- December 6, 2019 Award Notifications will be sent
- May 15, 2020 Final Report due
The Colorado Arts Partnership Grants (CAP Grant) are funded by 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 between $2,000 and $5,000 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 previously awarded CAP Grant projects.
Ready to Get Started? 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 and then access your application HERE
**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.
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.
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.”
- Applicant must be a faculty or staff member of a Colorado school that serves K-12 students. Religious schools are not eligible.
- Project awards are between $2,000 and $5,000. 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 majority of 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.
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
- 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?
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 and then access your application HERE
If you need any assistance, please contact Jason Diminich.