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Arts and History (A&H) Grant Program

Grants to Idaho Nonprofits, Businesses, and Individuals in Eligible
Locations for Cultural Projects Benefiting Local Residents

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Boise City Department of Arts and History

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06/16/21 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Idaho nonprofit and other organizations, individuals, and businesses in eligible locations for cultural, history, and arts projects that benefit local residents. Funding is intended to support community events and projects such as exhibits, performances, lectures, and research that provide opportunities to expand perspectives and connect with the community. Funded projects must serve the residents of Boise.

The City of Boise’s Arts & History Grant program funds quality arts, history, or cultural projects that benefit Boise residents.  The purpose of the grant program is to help build, evolve, and reinforce a strong and equitable cultural community in Boise.  The City's Department of Arts and History envisions the program helping to bring people together to expand perspectives  and build positive relationships. The program connects with this vision to create a city for everyone and reflects priorities as set forth in the City of Boise Cultural Master Plan. (See

The Foundation strives to fund a wide range of projects and initiatives with an arts, history, or cultural focus, such as (but not limited to) the following*:

  • Projects, such as:
    • Performances
    • Exhibits
    • Educational opportunities (presentations/lectures, workshops, walking tours, training, etc.
    • Collaborations or innovative production that cultivates the cultural community
    • Research, planning, and/or analysis that is available for Boise citizens to help strengthen Boise’s cultural base
    • Virtual and online projects of the above or other project, with a clear intent to reach Boise citizens
  • Public Community Cultural Events: Events with a cultural focus will have priority; will also consider funding cultural components within a larger public event. 

*Free or low-cost experiences ($20 or less per person) are most appropriate for this grant program. If there is a range of ticket prices, the proposal is more likely to be accepted if some are available at low or no cost.

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GrantWatch ID#: 181391

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The Department offers awards between $1,000 and $5,000 (in $500 increments). Most grant recipients are awarded the full amount requested. Note: Funding requests cannot exceed 50% of total expenses.

The funding source recomments that applicants who have never received a grant from the Arts and HIstory Department request between $1,000 and $3,000.

Term of Contract:

Project Period: October 1, 2021 – September 1, 2022. (Contact Amy Fackler for projects that occur between September 1 - 30, 2022.)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Individuals*, nonprofit organizations, other organizations, and businesses may all apply for an Arts & History grant.

*Individuals may apply, but this grant does not fund professional development or creation of individual work without a public component (that is, having the work accessible for free or low cost to the public). 

The City of Boise encourages persons with disabilities and those who require language assistance to participate in its programs and activities.

To be considered for funding through the A&H grant program, proposals must:
- Directly benefit residents living within Boise City Limits. If the project involves an event, the venue must be located within Boise City Limits.
- Meet Americans with Disability Act (ADA) standards regarding physical accessibility to project venues.
- Comply with the Department of Arts & History Equal Opportunity Statement: Boise City Department of Arts & History does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or disability.

For ineligible organizations and expenses, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

Join an informational workshop regarding the Boise City Department of Arts & History's FY2021 Grant application process. Workshop will include general information, grant criteria, and ZoomGrants online application. No registration required.

The workshop will be held on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, 12 p.m. via ZOOM. Links to the live webinar will be posted by May 1 and the recorded version will be posted after May 4.

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Pre-Application Information:

The Grant Program operates on a yearly cycle by fiscal years (October 1 through September 30).

The FY2022 Arts & History Grants will open May 1, 2021. The funding source plans to revert to one cycle per year, but will offer a second round if needed. (For FY2022, it would open later in 2021.)

Review Process:
- Grants due June 16, 2021, 11:59pm. (A&H Staff assistance ends at 5:00pm on the due date.)
- A review panel evaluates all applications and makes recommendations to Boise Department of Arts & History staff.
- Arts & History staff finalizes recommendations and presents them to the Arts & History Commission for approval.
- Final recommendations are submitted to Mayor and City Council.
- Grant applicants are notified of their status (early September 2021).

Contact Amy Fackler to discuss your idea for and application and to schedule an optional draft review. Applicants may request feedback on a complete draft version of their application by June 4, 2021.

Project Period: October 1, 2021 – September 1, 2022 (Contact Amy Fackler for projects that occur between September 1 - 30, 2022.)

To apply, applicants must first have an account on ZoomGrants.

Applicants should especially note the recommended crowd sizes and Central District Health form for public events that must be approved before submitting applications to the City of Boise’s Special Events team.

If you received an extension (Modification) due to Covid-19 on a previous grant award and the project or event has not yet been completed, you cannot apply for that same project in the FY2022 cycle. You can only apply for one grant per year. But you can apply for a different project in the FY2022 grant cycle.

Starting in the FY2020 cycle, applicants that receive funding for three years in a row cannot apply again the fourth year but will be eligible to apply again after a one-year break. This policy will not affect any applicant until the FY2023 cycle.


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For all grant-related questions or reviews, please contact:
Amy Fackler, Cultural Programs Manager
(208) 608-7049 or TDD/TTY (800) 377-3529

Boise Dept of Arts & History
150 Capitol Blvd
Boise, ID 83701

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