Apply for a Creative Grant

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We award grants to people like you who have creative ideas to make Cortez amazing!

Anyone can apply. Yep, even you!
Don’t worry if you’ve never applied for a grant.

The possibilities are endless! If you are solving a problem in a creative, artistic way this grant can help make it happen! Any medium is welcome! Grant funding is separated into three categories:

  • Tiny Grant: $1 – $499
  • Micro Grant: $500 – $1,499
  • Small Grant: $1,500 – $4,000

Be the person who shapes the future of Cortez. We’ll connect you to your neighbors who are rolling up their sleeves to better our community. Our grants are a small way to help turn your crazy and bold ideas into tangible realities.

Anyone can apply! Individuals of all ages are welcome to apply, as well as for-profit and nonprofit organizations.

You can submit an idea at any time. Our grant committee will review the applications in April, July, and October, 2024. We can award multiple projects per rounds, up to $4,000, so we encourage all levels of funding to apply!

Judging Criteria

Does the project:

  • Make Cortez, Colorado an amazing place to call home?
  • Produce something tangible that can be seen, felt, or experienced?
  • Engage the broader community?
  • Bring something new, innovative, and/or unique to Cortez?

Only projects that are based in Cortez, Colorado will be considered. Additionally, there are a few uses of the funds that we will NOT consider:

  • As seed funding for a for-profit start-up
  • Paying yourself or purchasing supplies that will solely benefit the project leader
  • Funding for a project as for-profit or sales that directly benefit the applicant artist