Book Fest Receives Community Grants for 2019 Event

Fort Collins Book Fest is proud to receive support for this year’s book festival from the City of Fort Collins Fort Fund, Bohemian Foundation’s Community Event Fund Grant and from Front Range Community College Foundation. Their generous funding allows us to continue to offer the annual community event free for attendees and to feature prominent authors and speakers.

All three organizations also sponsored last year’s event, The Big Think, which allowed us to host noted authors like Andy Weir and Kimiko Hahn.

$4,000 Colorado Creative Industries / NEA Grant Supports the Book Fest

We’re excited to share that the Fort Collins Book Festival is a recipient of two-years of Colorado Creates grant funding from Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The grant funds are awarded for two years for a total of $8,000 in support.

The Colorado Creates grant provides support for nonprofit organizations and communities to produce arts and cultural activities, impacting people and enhancing the quality of life. The Fort Collins Book Festival has received two years of funding support through the grant to enable us to continue to build a premier literary arts and culture festival in northern Colorado.


CCI focuses on “strengthening the vitality of visual, performing and literary arts through promotion, resources and funding opportunities. We believe in bold innovation and the invaluable contributions the arts bring to this beautiful state.”

We appreciate CCI and NEA’s continued commitment to all aspects of creative arts throughout Colorado and especially here in Fort Collins.

More information about the Colorado Creates grant can be found online.

Blue Ocean Foundation Grant Supports 2017 FoCo Book Fest

We’re pleased to share that the 2017 Fort Collins Book Festival has received generous support for this year’s festival from the Blue Ocean Foundation, the charitable arm of Blue Ocean Enterprises in Fort Collins.

Blue Ocean Foundation’s Give to Grow mission “promotes healthy economic development in the community” and also serves as “a catalyst for community growth by providing support for charitable organizations to create a culture of giving back, and supporting community events and entrepreneurialism.”

The $2,000 grant from Blue Ocean Foundation supports the diverse and exciting programming and activities at this year’s event, Writings and Riffs.


FoCo Book Fest Awarded $9,000 Fort Fund Grant

The FoCo Book Fest has received another grant to support its efforts in developing a premier literary arts event in the region and to bring exciting literary voices to northern Colorado. The $9,000 grant from the City of Fort Collins is part of “Fort Fund,” the Cultural Development & Programming and Tourism Accounts.

According to the Fort Fund website, their objective is to provide funds to “foster, encourage, and promote 1) cultural development and programming, and 2) economic and tourism development.”

Fort Fund’s overarching goal, similar to that of the organizations involved in FoCo Book Fest, is to serve as a catalyst in making Fort Collins a cultural center and destination.

Fort Fund supports events that:

  • Enrich the cultural life of the Fort Collins community
  • Promote local heritage and diversity
  • Provide opportunities for community members to participate in, create, learn from or experience arts and culture
  • Help to define Fort Collins as a destination for arts and culture
  • Elevate the community and broaden perspectives
  • Have wide appeal for a significant part of the community
  • Promote the general welfare of the inhabitants of the City.

Book Fest Receives Cluster Fund Grant from City of Fort Collins

We’re excited to share that FoCo Book Fest received a $6,500 grant from the City of Fort Collins, Office of Economic Health. The funds awarded from the Cluster Initiative Support Fund allow us to bring nationally-recognized authors and music experts to this year’s literary festival, Writings and Riffs, and continue to build a premier book fest that reflects what is meant by “Uniquely Fort Collins.”

The City describes the “Uniquely Fort Collins” cluster as “made up of companies that are unique, independent, and contribute to Fort Collins high quality of life. Arts, cultural, tourism, breweries, creative firms and hospitality businesses fall in this category.”

See the City of Fort Collins news release listing all of the recent grant recipients.