Urban Arts Fund Policies

Urban Arts Fund Policies

(Please read carefully before applying)

  1. Allocated funds are housed in a special revenue fund through Denver Arts & Venues. Additional funds can be donated to the UAF to be allocated for specific projects or general use. These donations may be tax-deductible because donations to Denver as a tax exempt government entity may entitle the donor to an exemption. IRS Publication No. 526 provides tax guidance or it is recommended to consult your tax advisor.
  2. Funds are allocated based on a scope of work, and dispersed through a contract generated between Denver Arts & Venues and the applicant.
  3. An activities report is required at the midpoint of the project (this will include spending to date and proposed changes to the budget). A sketch of proposed artwork is required, and a Graffiti Pledge form to be dispersed from artist(s) to student participants.
  4. A final report is required upon completion of the project. This report shall include graffiti prevention measures, outcomes, workshops, visual documentation of the final project(s), “evidence” along the way of programming, essence of program in innovative ways, assessment of program/project and quantification. Please indicate your tracking and capturing mechanism for your program (success development), as well as any press or media coverage.
  5. Applications that incorporate 25% or greater match (cash or in-kind) will be given preference.
  6. Projects with strong measurable anti-graffiti education and impact will be given preference.
  7. Projects that can be scaled up with additional resources and those that incorporate strong outcome measures for assessment purposes.
  8. Programs involving murals or other art that may be considered signage/advertising must be accordance with both Denver Arts & Venues public art policies and Denver Zoning Administration sign codes, available online.
  9. Projects which are not considered signs by Denver Zoning must still be in accordance with Denver’s Arts & Venues public art mural policies.
  10. Denver will assume no ownership or copyright of the final artwork. The artist must vouch that their work does not infringe on the copyright of others and must defend Denver against any claims of infringement.
  11. The city will not assume responsibility for the upkeep and repairs of any of the final artwork except when artwork is on city property. The property owner where the artwork is located will assume responsibility for upkeep and repair (or removal) of the artwork. The artist may refuse upkeep and repair artwork, after its completion.
  12. Complete the online Graffiti Vandalism Removal Form, if you desire to upkeep your own artwork and do not want Public Works Graffiti Task Force to paint over mural.
  13. Those delivering projects that are approved by the Urban Arts Fund Committee must provide a safe environment for the youth and adults participating in their program. For this reason, all applicants must undergo a background check prior to contracting with the City of Denver and receipt of UAF funds. All persons delivering programs or projects with UAF funds will be asked to submit personal and (3) professional references.
  14. Approval from a City Council representative is required on all MURAL and OUTDOOR Artworks placed on city property.

Please see application for information on deadlines, review process and timelines.