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Bonfils-Stanton Foundation: COVID-19 Arts & Culture Relief Fund

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation

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Deadline: The deadline for this grant has passed

Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $50,000

Fields of work: Art & Culture

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Colorado: Adams County, Arapahoe County, Broomfield County, Clear Creek County, Denver County Show all

Location of residency: Counties in Colorado: Adams County, Arapahoe County, Broomfield County, Clear Creek County, Denver County Show all

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Colorado Coronavirus: COVID-19 Arts & Culture Relief Fund

As Denver arts & culture organizations are hit with an unprecedented loss in revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and The Denver Foundation have teamed up to create an emergency fund aimed at helping metro Denver small and mid-sized arts & culture organizations survive this crisis.

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation has committed $1 million toward the COVID-19 Arts & Culture Relief Fund and The Denver Foundation, which will also administer the fund, will donate $50,000. Other early donors to the fund are Denver Arts & Venues at $205,000, Gates Family Foundation at $100,000 and PNC at $10,000. The fund also has commitments from individual donors, including Hal and Ann Logan and Jeremy and Susan Shamos, and seeks additional contributions from foundations, corporations, and individuals.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • 501c3 in good standing (or fiscally sponsored organizations with strong track record of programming and community service).
  • Primary mission is to present arts & culture programming to the public.
  • Must have demonstrated sustained cultural offerings for a minimum of two years.
  • Budget size: Minimum $25K, Maximum $15M.
  • The geographic focus will be on the seven-county Denver metropolitan region.
  • Allowable use of funds:
    • Costs associated with sustaining operations, retaining employees and artists, rent etc.
    • New and emergency needs, particularly for service offerings outside normal operations to respond to social distancing, isolation and quarantine.


  • Priority will be given to organizations that engage and support diverse communities, particularly those that have been and remain financially vulnerable.
  • Priority will be given to organizations that offer substantial public benefit through free/discounted admissions/ticketing, scholarships, and engagement to traditionally marginalized communities.
  • Priority will be given to organizations with limited or no access to other relief funds, limited or no endowments, limited or no cash reserves.


  • Ineligible use of funds:
    • Capital.
    • Endowment.
    • Renovations.
    • Reduction of accumulated debt prior to COVID 19 impact.
    • Purchase of major equipment.
    • Regranting.
    • Stand alone one-time festivals, conferences or events.
    • Independent projects.
    • Films and publications.
    • Programs offered as part of a larger institution (college, medical center etc.),
    • Religious affiliation.


This page was last reviewed June 27, 2020 and last updated June 27, 2020