The City of Boise's Arts & History Grants fund quality, well-managed cultural opportunities that encourage people in Boise to create, engage, and connect with the community. 

Download FY2018 A&H Grant Info and Criteria.

Strong proposals will convey how the project will develop, document, research, share, or reflect upon Boise's culture and help make Boise welcoming for all residents and visitors. Ultimately, A&H’s goal for the grant program is to help make Boise the most livable city in the country through building and reinforcing a strong and equitable cultural foundation. The A&H Grant program also aligns with the recently adopted City of Boise Cultural Master Plan.

FY2018 Grants Open: May 1, 2017
FY2018 Grants Close: June 19, 2017
FY2018 Grant Recipients Announced: September 6, 2017

Funding Amounts

The Department offers grants awards between $1,000 and $5,000. We expect to fund successful applicants for the full amount requested, although there are occasional exceptions.

General Requirements

How to Apply

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Funding Dates

The Boise City Department of Arts & History (A&H) Grant Program - Fiscal Year 2018 is for projects or initiatives that occur between October 1, 2017 and September 1, 2018.

Funding Amounts

The Department offers grants between $1,000 and $5,000. We expect to fund successful applicants for the full amount requested (although occasionally only a portion is funded).  

Suggestions for Applicants


General Information

Who Can Apply

Individuals, nonprofit organizations, other organizations, and businesses may all apply for an Arts & History grant. No more than one submission per year will be accepted for the same applicant. If two are submitted, the application with the earliest date will be considered and the other will be deemed ineligible.

Types of Applications Accepted

We structure our grant program to provide a wide breadth of opportunities to benefit Boise citizens. We strive to fund a wide range of projects and initiatives with an arts, history, or cultural focus, such as (but not limited to) the following:

Ineligible Applications

We must award funds responsibly and in compliance with city codes and policies. We have therefore identified types of organizations and requests that are ineligible for consideration. (Disclaimer: This list may not be complete, as we occasionally encounter new issues.)   

Grant Evaluation

Grants fund cultural opportunities that encourage people in Boise to create, engage, and connect with the community. Applications are evaluated based on responses to the online application and related attachments and how the following components are addressed.

Basic Parameters

In order to be considered for funding through the A&H grant program, proposals must:



– Reviewers will look for evidence of skill level and expertise shown within the artistic, historic, or cultural-based medium. They will also take into consideration the merit of a project that may be new or untested with potential for expanding or strengthening Boise’s cultural base. The following definitions may be helpful:

Quality –
Merit –

– A&H strives to make art and history accessible to Boise citizens and give them a voice in contributing to and in developing Boise’s culture. Grant applicants should describe their target audience and whether it will include diverse socio-demographic groups (such as income level, location in the city, age, ethnicity, etc.). The following examples are meant to illustrate this concept:

The community benefit definition also incorporates the City of Boise’s 2017 Welcoming City Resolution (RES-71-17), particularly the following excerpt:

 “…the City of Boise is committed to being a welcoming city and creating a community where all of our residents feel welcomed, safe, and able to fully participate in, and contribute to, our city’s economic and social life.”


- The applicant's demonstrated proficiency with organizing and overseeing a similar project. Applicant should be able to clearly explain the endeavor, anticipate project details and have a plan to handle them; and provide evidence of ability to follow through. The following will also be taken under consideration:


– The applicant demonstrates an overall mastery of the budget process, and thorough understanding and explanation of proposal expenses and income. Information should validate the requested amount as reasonable for the scope of the proposal. 

*Welcoming City Note: If you consider your application to be closely aligned with the Welcoming City Resolution (RES-71-17) (see Community Benefit section) and want to be considered for additional funding beyond the $5,000 maximum request, please note your request should allow for this possibility. That is, if you think you may be eligible for up to $10,000, your total budget expenses should be at least $20,000 (since you can't request more than 50% of your total project expenses). A small portion of total available funds will be set aside for consideration to award between $6,000 - $10,000 total for a small number of such applicants as recommended by the review panel.

Review Process Overview

Expectations if Your Grant is Funded

Congratulations! As with most worthy endeavors, with success also comes responsibility. The following are required in order to receive your funding (this information will be mailed with award notifications in September 2017).

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