Manitou Arts, Culture, and Heritage Board (MACH)

Grant Application Process

Commencing on February 8th, the MACH Board will embark on the task of calibrating responses and determining preliminary allocations, including mini-grants. This strategic progression unfolds as follows:

  • February 15th: Continuation of the calibration process.
  • February 22nd: Deliberation on Tier 2 grant allocations.
  • February 29th: Final determination of grant allocations.
  • March 12th: City Council Work Session where MACH Board Recommendations are Presented
  • March 19th: City Council votes to approve/modify/deny MACH Board Recommendations

For our valued grant applicants, anticipate email notifications regarding your grant status and subsequent steps by March 25th. In the event that you do not receive an email, we encourage you to reach out to the MACH Board at

[Web Meeting Link]

Password: 034142

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  1. MACH Board

  2. Rebecca Davis

    Finance Director

The purpose of the MACH Board is to make recommendations to City Council on how to implement the MACH initiative, which increased the City's Use Tax Rate and Sales Tax Rate by 3/10ths of 1%. 66% of these funds will be allocated to a special fund for facility improvements and operations at the Carnegie Building, Manitou Art Center, Manitou Springs Heritage Center, Miramont Castle, and Hiawatha Gardens. The remaining 34% of the proceeds will be distributed by the City Council through awards and grants to foster the arts, culture, and heritage within Manitou Springs.

Regular Meetings

MACH meets every month, on the fourth Thursday at 5:00pm. The board meets over ZOOM. Recordings of the meetings are available by request to the City Clerk's Office. Occasionally, the board will meet more frequently, but will always publish an agenda at least 24 hours in advance.

Meetings are open to the public. Please email the ADA Coordinator or call  719-685-2554 if you need special assistance attending a meeting.

Agendas & Minutes


Vacancies: 1 Regular Member and 1 Alternate Member
Member Name Position
Ralph Routon Chair
Marcus Medina Board Member
Neale Minche Board Member
Kinsey Watts Board Member
Wren Almitra Board Member
Eli Blackshear Board Member
Jason Wells Alternate Member
Nancy Wilson Alternate Member
Judith Chandler City Council Liaison
Rebecca Davis Staff Liaison

To apply for an appointment, send an Application for Board Membership, a letter of interest, and a resume and/or statement of qualifications to the City Clerk.

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