Grants

Arts in Society

Arts in Society is a collaborative grantmaking program administered by RedLine Contemporary Art Center that fosters cross-sector work through the arts by supporting the integration of arts and culture into multiple disciplines critical to the health and well-being of Coloradans.

See RedLine Arts in Society website
Description

Administered by RedLine Contemporary Art Center and funded through a cohort of Colorado foundations and government agencies, the program provides grants ranging from $5,000-$35,000 to individuals and organizations seeking to implement projects that utilize the arts as an integral element in promoting social justice and community welfare.

https://www.redlineart.org/arts-in-society

Founded in 2017, Arts In Society is a unique collaboration between Colorado funders that seeks to meet what is now over $6 million in cross-sector grant requests across the state of Colorado. 2024 funding partners included Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries, Colorado Health Foundation, The Colorado Trust, Denver Arts & Venues, and a cohort of funders from Southern Colorado including El Pomar, Bee Vradenburg Foundation, Chapman Foundations, and the Joseph Henry Edmondson Foundation.

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Criteria

Eligibility Check

In less than a minute, you can check whether your organization might be eligible for a Bonfils-Stanton Foundation grant. Just click on Yes or No to answer a few questions in this screener.

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Are you based in the city of Denver and deliver the majority of your programs in Denver OR have you had a conversation with a foundation team member to consider geographic eligibility?
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Does your organization or group have an annual operating budget under $500,000?
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Is your mission focused on producing and presenting the arts for the public?
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Are you a 501c3 nonprofit or fiscally sponsored organization?
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Eligibility

Colorado artists, activists, non-profit organizations, universities, schools, and government agencies are all eligible to apply. Current Bonfils-Stanton Foundation grant partners are welcome to apply in addition to their Foundation request. For the most up-to-date information, visit Arts in Society page on RedLine's website.

Application Process

RedLine institutes a two-step application process beginning with a Letter of Intent (LOI) from applicants. After an initial panel review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal for consideration. 

Grants are determined by a selection panel, which seeks projects that best illustrate artistic commitment, broaden the understanding of the role arts play in society, demonstrate cross-sector work, exhibit cultural relevance, foster community engagement, and present opportunities for shared learning.

See timeline overview below and details on RedLine’s Arts in Society page.

Additional Information

In addition to receiving financial support, Arts in Society grantees participate in a learning community program through which they share expertise and learn with like-minded practitioners from across the state.

If you are planning to use a fiscal sponsor to receive grants, we encourage you to review these guidelines and template for a fiscal sponsor agreement.

Important Dates
July
Applications Open

Make your Application online using the link to our portal below.

September
Application Deadline

Applications close.

March
Award Decision

A panel will review your application and a decision will be made.

Complete the Google Questionnaire
As a first step, complete this google questionnaire. A team member will be in touch soon.
Google Questionnaire
Apply Online
First, check your eligibility, then click the button below to register an account on our online portal. Through our online portal you can apply.
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Apply via External Collaborator
Visit our external collaborators application page to apply for this grant
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I have accessibility requests or questions – who do I contact?

Program director, Chrissy Deal, welcomes your questions at chrissy@bonfils-stanton.org or 303.825.3774.

How many nonprofit leaders can I nominate?

Individuals can nominate up to three candidates.

Should the candidate know I nominated them?

At the close of the nomination period, the Foundation will notify eligible candidates of their nomination and share a copy of each nomination and endorsement received on their behalf. Nominees, outside of self-nominations, will be able to provide additional information they feel may be relevant to their candidacy. Responses will be entirely optional and not required in order to advance in the selection process. For this reason, nominators may wish to notify the candidate in advance of recommending them for the fellowship.

Can I nominate someone I’ve nominated in the past?

The fellowship is quite competitive, so it is not unusual for individuals to be nominated several times over the years.

Can I nominate a leader of a nonprofit organization that operates with a fiscal sponsor?

Yes

The leader I have in mind lives outside of the Denver Metro area. Are they eligible for the fellowship?

Eligible candidates must be leading a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, or Jefferson county. Bonfils-Stanton Foundation’s leadership decided to focus solely on arts and culture and leadership for deeper impact in 2012. In recent years, the Foundation has taken steps to gradually align the Livingston Fellowship Program’s geographic area more closely with that of our grantmaking portfolio which focuses on the city of Denver.

If I have been nominated, when can candidates expect to hear from Bonfils-Stanton about if they will be advancing in the process?

Nominees will be updated of their status in the selection process via email by early November 2022. The Board of Trustees of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation will approve the 2023 class of Livingston Fellows in early 2023.

Where can I learn more about the program?

Visit our website for additional information about the history of the Livingston Fellowship program, stories from fellows and their fellowship activities.

I have more general questions – should I contact Chrissy?

Absolutely! If you can’t find what you’re looking for on our website, please reach out to Chrissy for more information.

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