Bonfils-Stanton helps Denver arts organizations during coronavirus outbreak

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, one of the metro area’s largest arts-funding organizations, is giving up to $125,000 in emergency funding to help its nonprofit benefactors during the COVID-19 quarantine.

The emergency funding will service the 43 arts and culture organizations that have received general operating or program support from the Foundation in the past 18 months, according to a press statement.

“The funding amount is based on 10% of their most recent grant, with a $6,000 cap,” officials said, adding that the total will not exceed $125,000.

Organizations that receive Bonfils-Stanton Foundation’s $3 million in annual funds include some of the area’s biggest arts-and-culture players, such as Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Denver Film Society, Opera Colorado, Wonderbound, RedLine Denver, St. Martin’s Chamber Choir and PlatteForum.

Like many foundations, Bonfils-Stanton’s endowment is down significantly due to declines in the market, but “this is not the time to worry about preservation of capital,” said president Gary Steuer.

“The market will rebound at some point, but many of our more fragile cultural organizations may not,” he said in the statement. “Many artists and arts organizations are already finding innovative ways to use their capacity to continue to serve our community, bringing joy, artistry, learning and compassion to people through digital platforms.”

Notably, the grants will not require any sort of application or final report, as the funding already has been released. Bonfils-Stanton also created a page with resources for local and national artists at

Additionally on Monday, the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts shared statewide ideas and online resources for both arts nonprofits and people who want to help them.

For artists:

  • A national freelance artists resource list (includes emergency funding opportunities, virtual events, mental health resources, advocacy alerts, etc.)
  • CERF+ Artist Safety Net
  • Colorado Artist Talents and Skills Database. What other skills or opportunities can you offer during this time?
  • Apply for financial assistance through one of the local crowd-funded Artist Relief Funds: Denver Metro Area Artist Relief Fund and the Colorado Artist Relief Fund
  • Economic Impact Survey from Americans for the Arts
  • Americans for the Arts’ COVID-19 resource and response center
  • TRG Arts’ Virtual Roundtable Series. These are weekly 30-minute virtual conversations with Jill Robinson, CEO.
  • Other aggregated lists of resources and assistance: Creative Capital, Grantmakers in the Arts

For supporters:

  • If you had tickets to an upcoming cultural event (i.e., performance, concert, exhibition, lecture), consider donating that ticket back to the organization.
  • Purchase a gift certificate now for a future arts event or experience. Invest in your own cultural future by supporting arts organizations today.
  • Make a financial donation directly to a cultural organization. You can find a list of SCFD organizations in the Denver metro area or search statewide through
  • Donate to one of the local crowd-funded Artist Relief Funds: Denver Metro Area Artist Relief Fund and the Colorado Artist Relief Fund
  • Donate to one of the national artist relief funds: Actors Fund, Musicians Foundation
  • Donate your Colorado state refund to a nonprofit through ReFund CO.
  • If you’re an organization that typically hires artists, consider continuing to support those professionals. (For example, check out Youth on Record‘s response.)
  • Hire an artist. Do you need some web design done? Social media? Tutoring? Translation? Babysitting? Career coaching?

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