Young artists join a community event at Virginia Village Library celebrating the Happy Clouds Art Installation | PSYAH - Photo by From the Hip



Denver Arts & Venues (DAV) believes in the strength and value of arts and culture in building healthy and inclusive communities. Arts and culture can help a city heal, recover and thrive. We are deeply committed to strengthening Denver’s communities and the arts and cultural sector through various grants and cultural investments.

Through our grants, we work to provide opportunities and platforms to support our Black, Indigenous, Latino(x), people of color (BILPOC) communities, our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersexual, asexual, two-spirit, + (LGBTQIA2S+) communities, people with disabilities, immigrants and refugees, youth and older adults and additional historically marginalized communities.

Current Opportunities

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Arts in Society

Arts in Society is a collaborative grant-making program that supports the integration of arts and culture into multiple disciplines critical to the health and well-being of Coloradans. This grant is administered by RedLine and funded by a cohort of Colorado foundations.

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Cultural Partner Activation Program

The Cultural Partner Activation Program provides financial support for events at our venues in an effort to combat the long-term financial impacts of COVID-19. DAV utilizes American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to pay for operational costs such as security, janitorial and third-party equipment rentals. 


DAV Arts & Culture Fund

Denver Arts & Venues presents the DAV Arts & Culture Fund, supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). We invite government entities, non-profit organizations and individuals to apply. The DAV Arts & Culture Fund will provide up to $15,000 in funding support for new or existing  programs inspired by one or more of the seven vision elements outlined in Denver’s Cultural Plan.


Denver Music Advancement Fund

Denver Music Advancement Fund supports music-centered initiatives that create equity, connection and social change for Denver residents. Past projects have used music as a tool to support mental health and wellness, education, youth engagement, literature, film, dance, theater, visual arts, technology, climate action, global connectivity, and other social innovations.

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Dynamic Downtown Denver Grant Program

Funded by DAV and administered by Downtown Denver Partnership. Grant amounts will range from $500 up to $25,000 and will fund free downtown Denver events and activations that celebrate the vibrancy, history, and future of our city, through music, art, culture and more.

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EDI Arts & Culture Fund

EDI Arts & Culture Fund supports individuals, organizations or community-driven projects that elevate the communities represented by each of the City and County of Denver’s ten Human Rights and Community Partnerships Commissions (HRCP), and that exemplify the tenets of equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice. 


Equity in Arts Learning for Colorado Youth

Equity in Arts Learning for Colorado Youth (EAL) seeks to increase access to arts education for historically marginalized youth. This grant is administered by Think 360 Arts with additional support from the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, the Gates Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries and The Denver Foundation.

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Mayor's Awards for Excellence in Arts & Culture

Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Arts & Culture recognizes individuals and organizations that make significant and lasting contributions to the arts in the City and County of Denver. All winners receive a stipend to further their work. 

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P.S. You Are Here

P.S. You Are Here (PSYAH) funds community-led outdoor projects in Denver's public spaces. These projects aim to transform underutilized or sometimes failing neighborhood elements to increase collaboration, honor heritage, build civic engagement, beautify neighborhoods and enrich communities.


Social Impact Artist Award

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and Denver Arts & Venues are proud to launch the Social Impact Artist Award. The award honors the outstanding contributions of three Denver-based artists or artist collectives who are dedicated to championing positive impact and social justice through their artistic practice with a $50,000 award that includes $15,000 for a socially engaged project. 

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Urban Arts Fund: Engage

Urban Arts Fund: Engage is an offshoot of our UAF mural program that focuses more intentionally on art for community–building, healing and positive social change. These immersion projects are focused in places like hospitals, schools and youth services centers and bring artists together with the communities that will be experiencing the murals in their daily lives. 

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