External Funding



1. Colorado RISE Education Fund

MUST BE SUBMITTED BY CU DENVER/CAM. You can’t submit this as an individual.

The $32.7 million fund — called Response, Innovation, and Student Equity Education, or RISE Education — is available to high-needs school districts, charter schools and public institutions of higher learning, according to a press release from the governor’s office.

The fund is open to pre-K through college-level recipients. Money for RISE Education comes from federal CARES Act funds via the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund, one of four education funds established in Colorado with CARES Act money.

Grants from RISE Education will support innovative solutions related to structural challenges to learning and that promote equity by helping students “most likely to have been affected by the economic, social and health impacts” of COVID-19, according to the press release. Priority will go to grantees that serve rural areas.

Key Dates:

Funds are anticipated to be awarded in two rounds:

  • 1st Grant Application Deadline: October 17, 2020 at 5 pm MT
    • Grant awards will be announced by November 6, 2020
  • 2nd Grant Application Deadline: December 19, 2020 at 5 pm MT
    • Grant awards will be announced by January 22, 2021

The COVID-19 crisis has had an enormous impact operationally, educationally, and economically on our P-12 school districts, charter schools, and institutions of higher education, as well as students, parents and families. In particular, students who already faced challenges, including low-income students, minority students, English learners, students with disabilities, students experiencing food or housing insecurity, or system-involved students such as those in foster care risk falling further behind or dropping out entirely in the absence of targeted support. In addition, schools and institutions of higher education are facing significant budget cuts and must innovate to respond to these cuts, while maintaining or improving quality, filling learning gaps, and preparing for partial or full remote schooling in the fall.

In order to address these challenges and promote innovation, Colorado will accept applications for grants for the $32.7 million Response, Innovation, and Student Equity (RISE) Education Fund sponsored through federal Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Funds to address the learning challenges related to the economic, social, and health impacts of COVID-19. Applicants can pursue awards between $250,000 and $4,000,000, depending on the size of the applicant, number of children served, and quality of the application. Funds are available for use by September 30, 2022.

You can find the full application here and the rubric here. Find Frequently Asked Questions here.

2. Arts in Society Grant Program: Supporting Cross-Sector Work through the Arts

Two funding cycles: fall and spring

Funding amounts: up to $30,000


3. No Man's Land Film Festival

No Man's Land Film Festival is an adventure film festival based out of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado that meets a need and desire to highlight and connect individuals who identify as women in pursuit of the radical. 

>> Regular Deadline: November 30


4. Front Range Film Festival

Awards for Audience Choice, Best Feature, Best Short, Best Documentary, and Best International Advocacy.

>> Early Deadline: December 12


5. Boulder International Film Festival

Films are eligible for the prestigious "Grand Jury Award", "Best of the Festival" and "People's Choice" awards.

>> Early Deadline: December 14


1. National Endowment for the Humanities

Digital Humanities Advancement Grant

MUST BE SUBMITTED BY CU DENVER/CAM. You can’t submit this as an individual.

The Digital Humanities Advancement Grants program (DHAG) supports innovative, experimental, and/or computationally challenging digital projects at different stages of their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and sustainability. Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are valued in this program, leading to work that can scale to enhance scholarly research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities. The program also supports scholarship that examines the history, criticism, and philosophy of digital culture or technology and its impact on society. Proposals are welcome in any area of the humanities from organizations of all types and sizes.

Grant Snapshot:

Maximum award amount:

Level I: $50,000 Level II: $100,000 Level III: $325,000 in outright funds, with an additional $50,000 in matching funds

Expected output: Article; Digital Material and Publication; Workshop; Report; Teaching Resources; Digital Infrastructure; Software

TIMELINE: Period of performance: Up to thirty-six months

  • Optional Draft due: December 1, 2020
  • Application due: January 15, 2021
  • Expected notification date: August 31, 2021
  • Project start date: September 1, 2021

Contact the Office of Digital Humanities Team odh@neh.gov


2. Other National Endowment for the Humanities Opportunities

Upcoming Grant Application Deadlines:

Media Projects | Due January 6, 2021

Find application instructions for Media Projects grants here. 

Short Documentaries | Due January 6, 2021

The subject of the film(s) must be related to "A More Perfect Union." Find application instructions for Short Documentaries grants here.

For more information on applying for Media Projects or Short Documentaries grants check out our webinar here.

Public Humanities Projects | Due January 6, 2021

Funding is available for museum exhibitions, historic site interpretation, and humanities discussions.  Find application instructions for Public Humanities Projects grants here.

For more information on applying for Public Humanities Projects grants check out our webinar here.   



1. Ouray International Film Festival

Categories include Narrative Features, Documentary Features, Short Films, Student Short Films, International Cinema, and Music Videos.

>> Early Deadline: December 1


2. Queens Underground International Film Festival

Queens Underground International Film Festival is looking for submissions for our upcoming festival, which includes a virtual Red Carpet Event on Feb 20, 2021 to celebrate Black & Brown History Month and a Film Festival from Apr 9-24, 2021.

Though we will be celebrating Black + Brown History Month, you don't have to be Black + Brown to submit your work. We want to tell YOUR STORY!

We are unique in that we accept a wide array of work: short films, feature-length films, animation, music videos, web series, episodics, dance/music/poetry pieces, trailers, demo reels, recordings of live performances, commercials, student work, etc. We are casting a wide net to receive submissions for our film festival and want to provide a platform for people to share their stories and unique work.

We'd love to promote our festival to your students and alums, and have a special 15% submission fee code for you. Could you pass along this info or point me in the direction to get in touch with your communities?

Here are the deadline details as well as a 15% off discount code. Please spread the word to any artists who may be interested!

Early Submission Deadline: Dec 20, 2020

Next Submission Deadline: Jan 23, 2021

15% Off Submission Discount Code: Ch8712

Festival Dates: Feb 20, 2021 & Apr 9-24, 2021