Colorado Creative Industries Grant

As part of the Larimer SBDC’s mission to connect local businesses to helpful resources, we are pleased to inform local “Creative” businesses about a $2500 Career Advancement Award grant opportunity from

Colorado Creative Industries (CCI), the state organization responsible for supporting and growing our Colorado artistic community!

The Opportunity:

This grant helps support Colorado creative entrepreneurs and artists by stimulating their commercial creative business, thus producing improved revenue, new audiences, and/or improved management practices. 
This grant supports activities such as exhibit/festival participation, conference or symposium presentation, purchase of equipment or materials to expand an applicant’s business, enrollment in a workshop or consulting program to build business skills, development of useful technology and promotional materials, and more.
Awards range from $500 to $2500, and funds are paid on a reimbursement basis after receipt of final report and expense receipts.
Applications from all creative industry areas are welcome, and additional points will be awarded to the 2015/2016 strategic priority areas, which are “Film and Video” and “Photography”.   

The Requirements:

Must be an individual artist/creative entrepreneur or creative sector for-profit business, registered in Colorado and in good-standing with the Colorado Secretary of State.
Must have NOT received funding from CCI within 12 months from the application date.
Must be at least 18 years old and a Colorado resident.
Applicants may request up to $2500. Applicant’s requested amount must be matched one-to-one with personal or donated cash from other sources.
This is a competitive award, and not all eligible applications will be funded. Applications will be evaluated based on Artistic Merit (50%), Career Impact (40%), and Budget (10%).
Only on-line applications accepted.
Application deadline is November 2nd at 4pm, for support of program activities during the first half of 2016.  Applicants will be notified of award status by Dec 15th. 

Next Steps and Application Information:

Information shown here is a summary of the program. For complete program information, please go to the program information on the Colorado Creative Industries website.
Detailed instructions for registering and using the on-line grant system should be reviewed BEFORE beginning your application.
To apply, you need to complete a pre-qualification quiz.  If then eligible, you will gain access to the full on-line application.  To access the pre-qualification quiz, click on www.coloradocreativeindustries.org/manage-your-award.