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The Telluride Arts Small Grants program is a long term investment to develop the expertise of local artists funded by the Town of Telluride and administered by Telluride Arts. Small grants support the innovation, creativity and professional development of individual artists living or working in Telluride. Funds support individual artists working in the visual, media, performing and literary arts. Artist projects may include (but are not limited to) the development, creation, completion or presentation of new work; and professional development such as conferences, workshops, residencies and classes. Artists are required to share work with the people of Telluride through a performance, publication, exhibit, screening, or a simple written or photo documentation of the project, in print or online. Telluride Arts will support this process through marketing and coordination.


Artists are invited to apply for up to $300 to provide a free Artist-To-Artist workshop.  The goal is to help artists develop professional skills and expertise that advances their work. Workshops will be taught by artists for artists.

Just finished a project? Submit your final report and get paid.


We recommend you  write your application narrative in a word doc and then cut and paste into the online form. Check your links to worksamples and resumes to be sure that they work.  The jury will judge your artistic excellence primarily on your worksamples, so be sure they are of the highest quality.  



No question is too stupid, so call us, email us, or stop by to get what you need to make a strong proposal. 970-728-3930 or email or come see us between 12-6pm at 135 W Pacific Avenue.



Complete application must be received by midnight on Thursday, December 20

Project Start Date: February 1, 2019

Project End Date: December 1, 2019

Grant Amount: $100 to $2000

Artist-To-Artist Workshop: Up To $300



Applications must be made in the name of an individual artist or a team of artists. An artist is broadly defined, and includes design, performance, literary, music, film, media and fine arts of all kinds. If the request is for a collaborative project, one artist must act as the lead applicant and take responsibility for fulfillment of the grant requirements.

  • Applicant must live or work in Telluride.

  • Applicant is 18 or older.

  • For collaborative projects, please include work samples and relevant information on all artists involved in the project.

  • The applicant must be a practicing artist, defined as one who is dedicated to producing work and/or advancing their craft on a regular basis.

  • The applicant must submit a completed application on the form provided by the due date.

  • The applicant may be funded one time per year.

  • The applicant must have completed final reports and presentations for previously funded projects.



  • Organizations.

  • General operating expenses, fundraising or deficits.

  • Projects supported by The Town of Telluride, CCAASE, CCI, the Telluride Foundation or San Miguel County.

  • Employees or board members of Telluride Arts, their immediate family or spouses.



Artists may submit a small grant proposal for up to $300 to share a skill with other artists through a free workshop.  All mediums will be considered.

  • Workshops will be free to local artists and open to anyone.

  • Workshops will be hosted, for free, at one of our partner venues. (i.e. Wilkinson Public Library, the Ah Haa School for the Arts, The Sheridan Opera House, Melange, Historical Museum and other partner venues)

  • Telluride Arts will manage enrollment and help with promotion.

  • An enrollment minimum and maximum should be included in your proposal.

  • Payments will only be made if the workshop runs and meets enrollment minimum.

  • Workshops can be anywhere from one hour to several sessions.

  • Grant money may go towards material cost, space needs and instructor time.

  • Workshop must be completed within normal grant deadline.



  • Artistic excellence, skill, creativity and innovation.

  • Quality of the proposed project and use of funds.

  • Professional application.

  • Evidence of need.

  • Thoughtful, realistic planning, presentation, budget and timeline for project.

  • Plan to share the project with the people of Telluride.



  • Evaluation of the applications and awards will be made by a peer review panel that ranks the proposals on the above criteria.

  • Artistic excellence is weighted most heavily, however we do give special consideration to emerging artists proposals.



  • Projects must be shared with the public, with the exception of professional development-based proposals.

  • Projects must be completed within one calendar year of receiving funds.

  • The entirety of the project must be completed within the project start date and project end date. We do not fund expenses that have already occurred.

  • A final report must be submitted within two months of project completion. Final 50% funds will be awarded when report is received.

  • Recipients must acknowledge Telluride Arts and The Town of Telluride.


For more information or help with the application, please call us at 970.728.3930, or email

2019 small grants have been awarded. we will be accepting applications for 2020 beginning in fall 2019. stay tuned!

Name *
Address *
Where will the bulk of project take place?
How you you plan to share your project with the Telluride community?
How will this project advance your work?
Project Start Date *
Project Start Date
Project End Date *
Project End Date
Up to $2000 for project grant. Up to $300 for an Artist-to-Artist Workshop.
If your total budget exceeds your requested amount, how else do you plan to fund the project?
Please list, in detail, project expenses.
Provide a link to your info on your website, Google Drive or Dropbox.
Please provide a link to your work sample online or in a Dropbox or Google Drive folder.
Eligibility *
In order to be eligible for a Small Grant the following must be true. By checking the box you agree that: