The Nuts and Bolts of Applying to the NEA

Grants Workshop with the National Endowment for the Arts, Douglas Sonntag, Director of Dance

Join us on Friday, January 22, 2016 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel at 3:00pm. RSVP to

Director of Dance Douglas Sonntag will guide you through the nuts and bolts of applying for funding from the NEA. The 30-minute presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. Don't miss this opportunity to get your questions answered straight from the source!

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Colorado Art Tank - Grant Opportunity

The Denver Foundation The Denver Foundation’s Arts Affinity Group is pleased to partner with the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation to announce a new, innovative grantmaking program modeled after the highly-acclaimed Arizona Arts Tank. We are calling for proposals of arts-based ventures (all disciplines welcome) that respond to the concerns or learning needs of an identified market, and that are innovative, unique, and new to Colorado, AND that will knock our judges’ socks off. The top ventures will walk away with the funding to make their project a reality. All applications must be submitted electronically by Monday, Nov. 3, 5pm

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November 14 Deadline - Career Advancement Grants

The deadline for Career Advancement grant applications is November 14, 2014 at 4:00 PM. The goal of these grants is for awardees to achieve tangible business benefits such as increased revenue, new audiences or improved management practices. Funds for these awards range from $500 - $2,500 and are paid on a reimbursement basis. The upcoming cycle considers projects taking place between January 1, 2015 - December 30, 2015, so make sure to submit an application for your upcoming creative endeavors! After the November deadline Career Advancement grants will be under construction and the new and improved program will be announced in January 2015.

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Lodging Tax Grants

Click the link below to learn more about the Lodging Tax Grants, who they are, what they do, and Requests for Proposals

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Panavision New Filmaker Program

Panavision® believes in helping students and beginning filmmakers achieve their dreams. More than 25 years ago, Panavision launched the New Filmmaker Program, an ongoing grant program that loans camera packages to film schools, training programs, and independent filmmakers – at little or no charge. Panavision’s commitment to the industry's future provides student and beginning filmmakers the opportunity to work with professional grade equipment early in their careers.

The New Filmmaker Program loans film or digital camera packages (based on availability) to filmmakers for student thesis films, “low-budget” independent features, showcase reels, Public Service Announcements, or any other type of short not-for-profit project. The New Filmmaker Program has served hundreds of aspiring filmmakers, many of them eventually becoming regular Panavision customers.

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Independent Lens

Independent Lens is seeking submissions of completed or near completed programs for broadcast during the October 2015 - June 2016 season. To learn more about eligibility, what we are looking for, and to complete the online submission form go to

Independent Lens is a film festival in your living room. Since 2003, Independent Lens has presented more than 300 films to public television audiences. The Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series is broadcast on the PBS national schedule on Monday nights at 10pm. Independent Lens is the largest showcase for independent documentaries anywhere on U.S. television, premiering 22 new films each season. The series is curated jointly by ITVS and PBS. Independent Lens films are often character driven stories, and are known for compelling storytelling, innovation, and diversity. Independent Lens welcomes individual expression and is committed to presenting diverse points of view, on topics suited for a national audience. When selecting programs, Independent Lens considers a range of factors, including the quality of the filmmaking, the timeliness of the story, and audience appeal. Programs should offer a fresh perspective, especially if the topic has been explored on other PBS series.

nextPix/firstPix Crowd Funding Grant 2014

nextPix will offer funding of up to 5K through the crowd funding campaign of the filmmaker's choice. nextPix will also publicize the selected project(s) through its own website and may assist filmmakers in promoting their project. We anticipate assisting between 1-3 projects a year.

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National Endowment for the Humanities

Match Your Project to a Grant Program. NEH offers a wide variety of grant programs. The list will help you zero in on the grant program that might suit the activity you have in mind. If you would like some advice about which grant program would be appropriate, an NEH program officer will be happy to talk with you. To start the process, pick the division or office that you’d think would be most appropriate for your project and make an inquiry.

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Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists

The Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists is currently accepting proposals from visual artists to help early-stage professionals seize opportunities to drive their careers forward. By providing targeted support at pivotal moments, The Fund strives to improve the prospects of up-and-coming individuals, and enable many more people to encounter and be enriched by their work. The grant is available to professional painters, artists working on paper and sculptors. 2 grants up to $5000 each are available and the application window is from September 1-30, 2014.

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Roy W. Dean Fall Grant: Get Film Project Started or Finished

Applications are now being accepted for the Roy W. Dean Fall Grant. The grant gives filmmakers a chance to get their films going or completed with an award of $2,500 in cash and $30,000 in film products and services. Films can be documentaries, short films, and features and must be unique and contribute to society. Deadline for submission is September 30th, 2014.

New this year for the grant is the Britt Penrod Audience Award. Twenty finalists chosen for the grant will have the opportunity to enter their trailers in competition for a $250 cash prize. Trailers will be posted on the Roy W. Dean Grant Facebook contest page for site. Fans get to view the trailers and vote for their favorite.

Even if you apply and don’t win the grant, you win something valuable. Each applicant for the grant receives a consultation on their project from Carole Dean, head of the non-profit grant sponsor From The Heart Productions and author of “The Art of Film Funding” now in its second edition.

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Sundance Institute - Screenwriters Lab

The Screenwriters Lab is a five-day writer's workshop that gives independent screenwriters the opportunity to work intensively on their feature film scripts with the support of established writers in an environment that encourages innovation and creative risk-taking. Through one-on-one story sessions with Creative Advisors, Fellows engage in an artistically rigorous process that offers them indispensable lessons in craft, as well as the means to do the deep exploration needed to fully realize their material.

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Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) 
Colorado Creatives Industry
National Endowment Association 
Colorado Resource Center – Denver, Co
  • Examples on grants
  • This training will cover topics including:
    • Grant funding context in fundraising plan
    • Research and grants management
    • Review the key elements of winning grant proposals
    • Deep dive into goals, objectives and activities
Grant Opportunities - Narrative Films and Documentaries
Grant Opportunities - Screenplay