The Pikes Peak Community Foundation
and the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region
have launched a collaborative grant program, the Peak Arts Prize
, which is now accepting applications. Drawing money from PPCF’s Fund for the Arts, and administered by COPPeR, the Peak Arts Prize has opened its doors to not only arts-focused nonprofits, but individual artists and for-profit organizations as well.
Applicants must record a video, clocking in at less than five minutes, explaining the project for which they’re seeking the grant, the audience they hope to reach, and how they plan to accomplish the project. It’s a non-traditional method of grant application that both PPCF and COPPeR hope will widen the playing field.
“We wanted to allow different applicants to shine differently,” says Angela Seals, COPPeR’s deputy director. “For the applicants who are used to writing a traditional grant, it allows them to be more creative. And applicants who have never written a grant before or never qualified for a grant before might be excellent at telling stories through video.”
The grant process will take the form of a community contest. A panel of expert judges will select three finalists in each category (large organizations, small organizations and individual artists, definitions of which can be found on the Peak Arts Prize website
), and then a public voting period (March 1-15) will determine the winners.
The grants, which both PPCF and COPPeR hope may grow in the future, will amount to $7,500 for the winner in the large organizations category, $5,000 for the winner of small organizations, and $2,500 for the winner of individual artists.
Seals says that the Peak Arts Prize is meant to invite the community to participate in a grant process with more access and visibility than artists may be used to. “We are inviting people,” she says, “and I hope they meet us there and apply, and send really creative and great applications.”
Applications will be accepted through Feb. 15, and do not need to be professional quality (smart phone videos accepted). See online for further guidelines.