ARTS & CULTURAL NONPROFITS
Please note that the inclusion of these links and sources does not constitute an endorsement by the Downtown Fort Collins Creative District. (updated August 2022)
- City of Fort Collins Announces upcoming Small Business Grants! Opening August 1 grants will be made in increments of $2,500, $5,000, or $7,500, grant amount is dependent upon number of employees and annual revenue (assistance will not have to be repaid). Two rounds of funding will be made available to businesses. Round 1 will be open to businesses on August 1 and closes August 30. Round 2 will be open to businesses on October 3 and closes October 31.
- The newly opened Multicultural Business & Entrepreneurship Center is now offering business services to the community and has $30K at its disposal to help businesses with technical assistance.
- The Business Foundations Technical Assistance program provides technical assistance and small grants to Colorado small businesses to help businesses legally establish themselves. The program includes 3 required training paths for businesses to complete and receive a certification. Once completed, businesses may be eligible to apply for small grants of up to $1,200.
- Host a CSU Student with a Micro-Internship! These can be short-term projects that can typically be completed within 5-40 hours and is due within a few days to a few weeks. These projects require no on-boarding, are paid 1099 and can be completed by a college student with minimal instruction. This is a great way to finish projects you have been meaning to get to, it is also a great way introduce your company to students and see if there is a potential fit for future opportunities and ultimately, it is a great way to support CSU students. https://info.parkerdewey.com/colostate
- COVID-19 in Larimer County
GRANTS WITH ROLLING DEADLINES OR ONES COMING UP!
- Arts in Society – due August 29 — Statewide grant program with awards between $5,000-$35,000 made to individuals and organizations seeking to implement projects that utilize the arts as an integral element in promoting social justice and community welfare
- Northern Colorado Community Foundation – due August 31 — Grants to nonprofits working in Berthoud, Estes Park, Loveland, Fort Collins, and regionally in Northern Colorado of up to $25,000 supporting a variety of areas. Applicants working in Fort Collins should apply under one of the following priority areas: youth programs, senior programs, educational opportunities, health & human services, and dental health. They offer 2 grant rounds per year.
- Bohemian Fund – opens August 9 and closes September 7 — Program, project, and general operating grants of up to $30,000 to organizations creating belonging & equitable communities within the following goal areas: youth, economic stability & mobility, and vibrant community. Current grantees & new applicants are encouraged to apply to both grant rounds per year.
- The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is has many current grants to apply for funding, relief funding or project funding.
American Rescue Plan Act and CARES Act
LOCAL RESOURCES & GRANTS
- LOCAL BUSINESS SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS:
- Larimer SBDC – Free one on one professional business consulting, special creative industry professionals, workshops and online classes, business resources and tools
- NOCO RECOVERS – A one stop shop for COVID-19 recovery resources for the business community in Northern Colorado.
- ForFortCollins.com – website designed for businesses and citizens with ways to promote shopping locally with marketing asset generator, connections and resources
- TOOLS, SUPPLIES & NETWORKING:
STATE RESOURCES & GRANTS
- COLORADO BUSINESS SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS:
- Colorado Creative Industries has arts grants, programs, the latest statewide resources and ways people can support the arts
- CBCA: Colorado Business Committee for the Arts has many resources for artists, arts nonprofits, as well as, the business community in general
- Colorado Nonprofit Association Updates & Resources
- Take Note Colorado, a responsive, competitive opportunity for individuals and organizations statewide to offer highly inclusive, culturally relevant and student-centered music instruction. Apply for up to $10,000
- Art-Train brings together artists and creatives with municipalities, agencies, and organizations to create culture-based collaborations.
- Colorado’s CLIMBER small business loan fund! Below market rate loans with favorable terms for small businesses with 5-99 employees. CLIMBER loans are available to non-profit businesses along with for-profit and sole proprietorships.
- Alternative Colorado lenders: Accion and Colorado Lending Source, Colorado Microloans, Kiva Loans, and Colorado Credit Reserve are for people who are underserved by traditional debt markets
- TOOLS & SERVICES:
- CAM Creative Corps – helps non-profit arts and cultural organizations pivot to online programming and remote learning opportunities, students to help you get up to speed on social media and technology!
- The Colorado Nonprofit Association offers educational opportunities for nonprofit professionals virtually via Zoom. Each session will be 90 minutes or less and will be no cost to participants. See their event calendar for online learning and virtual connectedness
- Tips for Avoiding Scams Related to COVID-19 compiled by the Colorado Virtual Library
NATIONAL RESOURCES & GRANTS
- NATIONAL SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS:
- Americans for the Arts has a list of national resources and updates and a page dedicated to the CARES Act
- The Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative – Lots of resources for museums, libraries, artists, non profits and historic properties
- FREE Candid (a resource offered by the Poudre River Public Library District) is here to help, with a library of free on-demand resources, including: a library of more than 260 titles available as e-books and audiobooks, Knowledge Base Articles, answering nonprofit professionals’ FAQs, and more than 150 free videos, many of which qualify for CFRE credits.
- Community Resource Center: Colorado Grants Guide with non profit training, funding options and more
- The Foundation Center and Guidestar have set up a resource-rich Funding for coronavirus (COVID-19) page
- WESTAF’s Resources & Information page
- Grants for Latinx arts organizations, artists, and cultural workers! Offered by The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC)
- TOOLS & EDUCATION: