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

A second funding request (i.e. a request for funds for the same event within 2 years) can only receive a set percentage of funding:

  • Requests over 10k can receive maximum funding of 50% of the total budget
  • Requests between 5,000-9,999 can receive maximum funding of 75% of the total budget
  • Requests under 5k will be considered for the full funding of the total budget

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

Current Selection Committee

  • Elizabeth Coggins, Associate Professor / Associate Chair, Political Science
  • Amy Lewis, Community Standards & Student Support Coordinator, Student Life
  • Karen To, Director of Web Operations & Digital Integration
  • Samilja Heim, 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.

Program/Event Date Application Window Committee Meets

Block 2 – Block 4 (AY 2024-25)
September 23 - December 18, 2024

May 1 - August 15, 2024 August 29, 2024

Block 5 - Block 7 (AY2024-25)
January 20 - April 16, 2025

August 16 - November 21, 2024 December 5, 2024

Block 8 (AY 2024-25) - Block 1 (AY 2025-26)
April 21, 2025 - late September 2025

November 22 - March 12, 2025 March 27, 2025


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.


Samilja Heim
14 E. Cache La Poudre St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

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