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Community Enhancement Grant (CEG)

Grants to Idaho Nonprofits, and Tribal and Local Governments
to Preserve, Interpret, and Promote Local History

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Idaho State Historical Society (ISHS)

Deadline Date:

07/17/20 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $2,500 to Idaho nonprofit organizations, and tribal and local governments for projects related to the state’s historic resources. Funding is intended to support the preservation, interpretation, and protection of Idaho’s culture and history. Eligible uses of funds are collections management, educational programming, public access, interpretive enhancements, and heritage tourism.

ISHS's Priorities in Determining what to Fund

  • Operations and Administration: Membership recruitment, fundraising, development of board policies and procedures, management assessments.
  • Collections Management: Storage materials and shelving, equipment for digitization of collections.
  • Public Access/Interpretation: Improvements in non-permanent exhibit lighting, exhibit design and construction, exhibit signage, educational programming, and heritage tours.

Examples of Acceptable Grant Projects:

  • Exhibits
  • Publications/brochures and website development (website maintenance and/or hosting costs are excluded)
  • Purchase of supplies and equipment (computers, audio/video/camera equipment, software, conservation materials, archival materials, and storage shelving)
  • Educational programs (symposia, curriculum development, teacher workshops, speakers, programs, traveling trunks)
  • Oral/video history projects
  • Design and construction of outdoor interpretive signs, kiosks, and exhibits (must comply, if applicable, with city, county, state and/or federal signage regulations, including environmental regulations)
  • Support for assistance, including professional contract assistance, for membership enhancement, fundraising, and developing board policies and procedures
  • Events (must be historically accurate if depicting a historical event)
  • Non-structural enhancements to buildings to better preserve and/or exhibit materials such as non-permanent lighting, security systems, and fireproof/waterproof filing cabinets
  • Projects designed to enhance cultural/heritage tourism
  • Projects ISHS Cannot Fund

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181271

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant amount is $500; the maximum is $2,500. Projects may be partially funded based upon funds available.

Term of Contract:

The project must be completed and final report submitted by May 14, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Idaho non-profit organizations 501(c)(3) whose mission is focused on history, historic preservation or education, as well as tribal, city, and county governments. State and federal agencies are not eligible but may partner with an eligible organization. ISHS affiliated sites (Franklin, Stricker Homesite and Rock Creek Station, Pierce Courthouse, and the Bishops’ House) are ineligible for these funds.

Projects ISHS Cannot Fund:
- Cash prizes
- Website maintenance and hosting costs
- Land acquisition
- Building construction, demolition or removal
- Long-term leasing of real property
- Infrastructure needs, such as roads, sewers, sidewalks
- No funding for retroactive projects

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received by July 17, 2020 5:00 p.m.

All applicants will be notified of award decisions in October. Grant recipients will receive an award letter and report packet.

All grants must be matched on a dollar for dollar basis, either cash or in-kind. Match may be in the form of cash or in-kind. In-kind match is the market value of contributed labor, services or supplies. General volunteer work for writing exhibit label copy, administering a grant, or other activities related to the project is calculated at the current approved federal rate of $22.14 per hour. Professional volunteers’ time is calculated at the actual rate of pay.

ISHS Community Enhancement Grants are reimbursable funds. A reimbursement grant provides funding to grant recipients after expenses have been incurred.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email applications and direct questions to:
Lyn Moore
(208) 514-2304

Applications may be mailed to:
2205 Old Penitentiary Road
Boise, Idaho 83712

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