Foundation resources are invested in organizations contributing to Denver’s arts and cultural community through four grant-making strategies:
General Operating Support
A priority of the Foundation is to provide unrestricted operating grants to arts organizations committed to DEI practices, high artistic merit, innovation, and sustainability. Typically the Foundation awards general operating grants to organizations with which we have an established relationship. General operating support is capped at $60,000 for the largest, most impactful of our grantees.
The Foundation makes grants to support new or ongoing projects that are exceptional for their artistic merit, innovation, collaborative design and/or targeted approach to cultural participation. Project support may also be awarded to strengthen organizational capacity.
Grants for capital projects are generally reserved for organizations with which the Foundation has an established relationship. To allow for more community-focused and opportunistic grantmaking capacity the Foundation is unlikely to fund significant capital gifts for the largest cultural organizations with operating budgets typically over $5 million. Priority consideration will be given to those projects that are intentional about serving multiple organizations, that serve diverse communities, allow for more equitable access and help fill a critical gap in the arts & culture ecosystem.
Arts in Society
This collaborative grantmaking initiative is funded by Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries, Colorado Health Foundation, Hemera Foundation, and SCFD, and is administered by RedLine Contemporary Art Center. Arts in Society recognizes and fosters cross-sector work through the arts for the well-being of Coloradans. Artists, arts organizations and other nonprofit organizations using socially-engaged art projects are eligible to apply. If you are a current grantee of the Foundation, you are welcome to apply to Arts in Society in addition to your Foundation request. For more information and to access the application, please visit Artsinsociety.org.
The following are generally not eligible for funding:
- Loans, grants or scholarships to individuals
- Events, media productions, seminars, conferences, or travel
- Activities or initiatives that have a religious purpose
- Endowment funding
- Funding to retire operating debt
- Requests from organizations outside of Colorado or that are not for the benefit of Colorado citizens