For those needing financial help during this pandemic.
CO CARES Grant
Colorado Creative Industries, on behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, will award the CO CARES Act to nonprofit arts organizations in Colorado to help these entities and their employees endure the economic hardships caused by the forced closure of their operations due to the spread of COVID-19. Grants will be made to organizations with an operating budget of $25,000 – $250,000 to support salaries or facilities costs. PLEASE NOTE: We are now allowing organizations to apply for funding if they have applied for the NEA direct CARES Act Grant. However, if awarded CCI funds, they will be held until notifications from the NEA awards have been released. If an organization is awarded NEA funding, their CCI awarded funding will be reallocated.
COVID-19 CO Creatives Relief Grant
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we have launched the COVID-19 CO Creatives Relief Grant. The grant is a one-time payment for general operating support to nonprofit arts organizations in Colorado with an annual operating budget of less than $1 million. Priority will be given to small and mid-size organizations, particularly those working in under-served communities. Applications have been extended to June 1, 2020.
Colorado Artist Relief Fund Open
The Colorado Artist Relief Fund supports artists experiencing economic distress as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund is a collaboration between multiple funders and arts organizations working at state, regional, and local levels. Applications are open to applicants residing outside of the Denver metro area. Individuals, foundations and organizations can contribute to the Colorado Artist Relief Fund and if foundations or corporations are interested in partnering on this initiative they should contact email@example.com.
CARES Act Unemployment Benefit Applications
The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) announced effective Monday, April 20th, it will begin taking unemployment benefit applications under the CARES Act, paying the additional $600 per week in unemployment benefits and launch other new points of access for unemployed workers to obtain information. This includes gig workers, independent contractors, self employed and those who are out of work because of a number of reasons directly related to COVID-19 including caring for a child whose school is closed or someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Self-employed and gig workers will need to provide their 2018 or 2019 tax return with their applications.
Business Survey – COLORADO BUSINESSES ONLY
In today’s rapidly changing environment, the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) is committed to sharing economic news and the recovery tools to help Colorado businesses. As part of an important state-wide effort, OEDIT is asking Colorado businesses, independent consultants, sole proprietors and arts nonprofits to fill out a survey and share how you are dealing with COVID-19. The survey only takes a few minutes to fill out and it will help statewide organizations advocate for you! Please note, all answers are confidential.