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New Funding and Surveys


Colorado Creative Industries, on behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, will award the CO CARES Act to nonprofit arts organizations in Colorado to help these entities and their employees endure the economic hardships caused by the forced closure of their operations due to the spread of COVID-19. This program will be carried out through one-time grants to eligible nonprofit arts organizations. Grants will be made to organizations to support salaries or administration costs. PLEASE NOTE: Arts organizations that have received a direct grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in the last four years are not eligible for the CCI CO CARES grant and are encouraged to apply directly to the NEA for funding through the CARES Act. Eligibility Snapshot:

  • Open only to Colorado-based, arts-focused 501 (c) 3 organizations with a primary purpose to support the arts as reflected in their organizational mission.

  • Organizations that have other goals but include some arts programming are not eligible.

  • Applicants must have been in business (with its primary business location in Colorado) and registered as a business in good standing with the Colorado Secretary of State for at least one year.

  • Applicants may not apply using a fiscal agent.

  • Applicants must have a cash operating budget between $25,000—500,000 for their last completed fiscal year.

COVID-19 CO Creatives Relief Grant

​In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we have launched the COVID-19 CO Creatives Relief Grant. The grant is a one-time payment for general operating support to nonprofit arts organizations in Colorado with an annual operating budget of less than $1 million. Priority will be given to small and mid-size organizations, particularly those working in under-served communities. Applications have been extended to June 1, 2020.

Colorado Artist Relief Fund Open

The Colorado Artist Relief Fund supports artists experiencing economic distress as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund is a collaboration between multiple funders and arts organizations working at state, regional, and local levels. Applications will open to applicants residing outside of the Denver metro area. Individuals, foundations and organizations can contribute to the Colorado Artist Relief Fund and if foundations or corporations are interested in partnering on this initiative they should contact

National Endowment for the Arts CARES Act

The National Endowment for the Arts announces the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act which will award funds to nonprofit arts organizations across the country to help these entities and their employees endure the economic hardships caused by the forced closure of their operations due to the spread of COVID-19. 

COVID-19 Resources

Colorado Face Mask Challenge

Governor Jared Polis announced the Colorado Face Mask Challenge. What would you like your friends to see on a mask in your school, your neighborhood, at home? Some of the submitted designs will be featured on our Facebook page, and a select few will be printed on real face masks produced by Colorado companies! Colorado Face Mask Challenge Submission from: Addison Whelchel

Arts through it All Campaign

The current COVID-19 health crisis is affecting arts and cultural organizations and artists throughout the state. Colorado Creative Industries in partnership with a coalition of cultural partner organizations worked with Launch agency to create Arts through it All. Find out more along with a guide that contains all the tools you need to use this campaign in your own communications and outreach efforts.

Surveys for Artists and Organizations

The National Endowment for the Arts has curated two surveys for organizations that are nonprofit, for-profit and government as well as individuals that are artists, creative workers, educators, and entrepreneurs. These results have been compiled into a economic impact dashboard that allows each state to summarize it's survey response report from COVID-19.

COVID-19 Business Resource & Survey

In today's rapidly changing environment, the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade is committed to sharing economic news and the recovery tools to help Colorado businesses. The website will be updated with new information as they receive it. As part of an important state-wide effort, OEDIT is asking Colorado businesses, independent consultants, sole proprietors and arts nonprofits to fill out a survey and share how you are dealing with COVID-19. The survey only takes a few minutes to fill out and it will help statewide organizations advocate for you! Please note, all answers are confidential.

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