Cultural Attractions Overview


To allow Colorado College to offer a rich program of cultural and public attractions for the Colorado Springs community through public lectures, musical performances, drama, dance, film, opera, exhibits, etc.

The Cultural Attractions Fund seeks to foster collegiality between CC students, faculty, academic programs or departments, and the wider Colorado Springs community. The Cultural Attractions Fund provides grants for traditional and nontraditional activities that enhance Colorado Springs' cultural richness, are community oriented, and are free to the public or offered at a modest price.


Who can apply: Colorado College students*, alumni, faculty, and staff representing college departments, programs, or organizations may apply for event funding.

*Student requests will not be reviewed unless accompanied by a faculty or staff letter indicating commitment to serve as a sponsor and/or advisor. Funds will be distributed only to an official student group or to the Office of Campus Activities.

How applications are reviewed: A selection committee composed of CC faculty and staff considers applications and makes awards based on the proposed event’s ability to meet the criteria above. The selection committee meets three times per academic year.

Application Criteria: Your application to CAF will be evaluated using a rubric that scores applications on the following factors:

  • The extent to which they engage with the Colorado Springs community
  • If, when, and how much funding this program/project, or you, have received in the past, with preference given to new projects
  • The extent to which it addresses one of CC’s pillars: antiracism, sustainability, mental health and wellness
  • The extent to which the program/event draws from a coalition of faculty, staff, students, and community members in its planning and/or implementation

Requests to fund equipment, capital projects, instruments, sets, and similar items, are ineligible for Cultural Attractions funding.

Current Selection Committee

  • Elizabeth Coggins, Associate Professor, Political Science & FEC Chair
  • Amy Lewis, Administrative Assistant, Student Life
  • Karen To, Director of Web & Digital Media
  • Manya Whitaker, Executive Vice President & Chief of Staff
  • Chris Sheley, Producing Artistic Director

Upcoming Application Deadlines

Please submit applications before the deadline listed. Note that funds may be exhausted at any time during the academic year, and before these deadlines, depending on the volume of applications and amount of support awarded. This page will be updated if funds have been expended prior to a set deadline.

If you have an application pending for a previous deadline, the committee will be in touch soon.

Program/Event Date Application Deadline Committee Meets

Block C (AY 22-23) – Block 2 (AY 23-24)
July 24, 2023 – October 18, 2023

March 27, 2023 May 2023

Block 3 – Block 5 (AY 23-24)
October 23, 2023 – February 14, 2024

August 21, 2023 September 5, 2023

Block 6 – Block 7 (AY 23-24)
February 19, 2024 – April 17, 2024

December 20, 2023 January 25, 2024

Block 8 (AY 23-24) – Block 1 (AY 24-25)
April 22, 2024 – Late September 2025

March 20, 2024 April 8, 2024


Application Form

  • A complete budget is required. Your budget should include funds to publicize your event broadly, both on campus and within the greater Colorado Springs community. Outline the various methods you will use to publicize.

Post-Event Report

post-event report, which should include 2 photos, is due within one week of your event’s/project’s completion.


Manya Whitaker
14 E. Cache La Poudre St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

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