Arts Vision Grants

Arts Vision Grants

Program Overview

In the summer of 2022, Arts Vision Grants were offered for creative projects that bring to life the declarations and opportunities in Arts Vision 2030, the 10-year cultural plan for the Pikes Peak region. The grants are supported by the Pikes Peak Fund for the Arts at the Pikes Peak Community Foundation, and managed by the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region with support from Relevant Project Studio. 

Applications were invited from arts-focused nonprofits, arts-focused businesses, and individual artists based in El Paso and Teller counties of Colorado, for projects occurring between September 1, 2022 – August 31, 2023. The application portal opened on June 10. The deadline to apply was Friday, July 8, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. Noon (MT).  Full details and eligibility guidelines are below. Follow the Cultural Office for future announcements of whether the Arts Vision Grants will return in 2023.

Virtual Information Session

A virtual info session was held on Monday, June 13 from Noon-12:30PM on the Cultural Office’s Facebook Page and YouTube Channel.

Watch the 20-minute recording here, with insights from Andy Vick of the Cultural Office, Mina Liebert of Pikes Peak Community Foundation, and the project manager for the program, Angela Seals of Relevant Project Studio.

Project Guidance

Arts Vision Grants support projects and programs that bring to life the Arts Vision 2030 cultural plan. Arts Vision 2030 was developed by, of, and for the community in 2021, under the stewardship of the Cultural Office and the Bee Vradenburg Foundation.  To receive an Arts Vision Grant, applicant projects must demonstrate that they advance Declarations and Opportunities within the cultural plan, are artistically excellent, are new for our community, and will be feasible for the applicant to successfully achieve. View the funding criteria here

The total funds being granted through Arts Vision Grants in 2022 $50,000. Requested amounts can vary depending on the needs of the specific project or program, but a majority of grants are expected to fall in the $1,000-$10,000 range. Based on recommendations from the jury, applicants may not receive the full amount of their original request. 

The 2022 Arts Vision Grants jury is: 

  • Sheila Sears, formerly Deputy Director of Colorado Creative Industries, representing the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region
  • Mina Liebert, Director of Community Impact for Pikes Peak Community Foundation
  • Claire Swinford, Executive Director of the Bee Vradenburg Foundation

All grant-funded project activities must occur between September 1, 2022 – August 31, 2023.

Eligibility

  1. Applicants must be based in El Paso or Teller counties of Colorado, proposing project activities that will take place in those counties.
  2. Applicants must be art-focused nonprofits or for-profits (i.e. galleries or dance studios) or individual artists age 21 and over. Applicant organizations must be a legal entity (or have a fiscal conduit who is one.) Arts & culture must be the applicant organization’s primary focus – restaurants, general education schools, community centers, etc. that have other goals but include some arts programming are not eligible (but are encouraged to partner with eligible organizations). Questions about eligibility may be emailed to info@CulturalOffice.org and will be determined at the discretion of the Cultural Office.
  3. Recipients of grants in 2022 must take the following year off before applying again. (This does not apply to previous recipients of the Peak Arts Prize, based on the elapsed time.)

Important Dates

  • Application Window: June 10 – July 8, 2022
  • Virtual Info Session: June 13, Noon-12:30PM
  • Application Deadline: July 8 at Noon (MT)
  • Applicants will be notified of funding decisions in August
  • Funded Activities must occur between September 1, 2022 – August 31, 2023

How to Apply

Click the Apply Here button to go to the application portal. On your first visit, create your login account by clicking the blue “Logon” button in the top right corner. Once logged in, click Apply and choose the Arts Vision Grants online application form. It is available as of 12:01 a.m. (MT) on June 10.

Applications must be submitted by 12:00 p.m. Noon (MT) on Friday, July 8. Late applications will not be accepted.

View our step-by-step tutorial on how to access the application, if needed. For questions, please contact the Cultural Office staff at info@CulturalOffice.org, or (719) 634-2204.

Background

In 2005, a small Fund for the Arts was established at Pikes Peak Community Foundation. In 2009, the Estate of Edith Ellyas left a remarkable legacy to support arts and culture organizations. Born in 1923, Edith escaped from Germany during World War II and settled in Colorado Springs. Her legacy gift significantly increased the capacity of the Fund, which today continues to invite donations from local citizens to expand its impact. Since its founding, the Fund for the Arts has made more than $540,000 in grants to arts organizations in the Pikes Peak region of Colorado.

From 2018-2020, the Fund for the Arts partnered with the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region to offer the Peak Arts Prize, a broad-based community contest to support local arts projects that amplified local art to new audiences. The partnership with the Cultural Office allowed the Fund for the Arts to extend support to creative nonprofits, creative businesses, and individual artists, and through public engagement and transparency it energized a new era of interest in this local arts funding.

The partnership is continuing in 2022, dedicated to implementing the community-inspired goals of the new cultural plan for the Pikes Peak region. Help to grow the Pikes Peak Fund for the Arts in the years ahead with your donation! Email info@ppcf.org for donation instructions.

Pikes Peak Fund for the Arts is a fund of Pikes Peak Community Foundation.
The Arts Vision Grants program is led by the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, with support from Relevant Project Studio. 

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