A Grant Program Supporting Cross-Sector Work Through The Arts


Applicants: Do you have questions about applying for this grant? Watch the video recording of this year’s online information session.


About The Program

Arts in Society is a collaborative grant-making program 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. The program, which is administered by RedLine Contemporary Art Center and funded through a cohort of Colorado foundations, provides grants ranging in size from $10,000-$50,000 to individuals and organizations who seek to implement projects that utilize the arts as an integral element in promoting social justice and community welfare.  

The program supports projects that engage a wide range of issues and media. Whether it be a dancer working within a hospital system to bring awareness to nurse burnout and compassion fatigue, a coalition of community organizations using art to engage neighbors in participatory budgeting, or The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment working with artists to communicate the priorities of its public health improvement plan, the Arts in Society grant program funds projects that engage arts organizations and artists as partners in illuminating and finding solutions to a wide array of civic and social challenges faced by Colorado communities.

Arts in Society is funded by the following foundations:

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation (2017-present)

Hemera Foundation (2017-present)

Colorado Creative Industries (2017-present)

SCFD (2020)

The Colorado Health Foundation (2020)

Grants are determined by a selection panel, which seeks projects that best illustrate artistic excellence, broaden the understanding of the role arts play in society, demonstrate cross-sector work, exhibit cultural relevancy, foster community engagement, and present opportunities for shared learning. Colorado artists, activists, non-profit organizations, universities, schools, and government agencies are all eligible to apply.

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.


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I want to make sure that in all of the shuffle of the Arts in Society granting process that I don’t forget to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! This is such an innovative and meaningful grant and I feel truly privileged to be a part of it. We have been having so many meetings lately with our resident leaders about how to proceed with the project and everyone has expressed huge gratitude at being able to try out such a strange and (hopefully) transformative process. Know that even if we fail miserably, your work has made a big difference to folks who often feel excluded from artistic and civic decision-making—-just by having faith and trust in them to attempt this.

Being an artist/activist and running a non-profit here in Denver can be difficult and rewarding, but it can’t sustain without the work of you all and so I hope you understand how much it means to me (and others) that you do what you do...and the way you do it.
— with respect and thanks, Evan Weissman, Warm Cookies of The Revolution


About Bonfils-Stanton Foundation
Bonfils-Stanton Foundation strategically provides grants and fellowships to advance the arts and inspire creative leadership in Denver. Our foundation is richly steeped in Denver’s cultural history, but we are also a contemporary leader in fueling innovation and exploration in our creative economy. Each year we give more than $3 million to arts organizations and nonprofit leaders, because we believe these entities and individuals are critical to building and sustaining a vibrant community.


About Colorado Creative Industries

Colorado’s Creative Industries Division, Colorado’s state arts agency, is a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Established to capitalize on the immense potential for our creative sector to enhance economic growth in Colorado, the mission of Colorado Creative Industries is to promote, support and expand the creative industries to drive Colorado’s economy, grow jobs and enhance our quality of life. 

About Hemera Foundation
Established in 2007, Hemera Foundation is a Boulder based charitable organization. Hemera Foundation supports innovative organizations and initiatives that foster basic human goodness in individuals and society.

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About Scientific & Cultural Facilities District

Since 1989, Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) has distributed funds from a 1/10 of 1% sales and use tax to cultural facilities throughout the seven-county Denver, Colorado metropolitan area (Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson counties). The funds support cultural facilities whose primary purpose is for enlightening and entertaining the public through the production, presentation, exhibition, advancement or preservation of visual arts, performing arts, cultural history, natural history, or natural sciences.


The Colorado Health Foundation is bringing health in reach for all Coloradans by engaging closely with communities across the state through investing, policy advocacy, learning and capacity building. For more information, please visit www.coloradohealth.org.