Catalyst Grant Program
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The Boise City Department of Arts & History Catalyst Grant program is a one-time funding opportunity that will support small-scale and mid-sized arts, history, and cultural activities such as public programs, events, projects, exhibitions, and tours throughout the year. With a standard award size of $2,000, applications will be accepted in four (4) rounds, and activities must be completed with final reports submitted prior to September 30, 2024.
The Catalyst Grant Pilot Program supports the Department of Arts and History’s (A&H) mission to cultivate a distinct sense of place which reflects Boise’s rich past, diverse communities, and unique natural setting by creating opportunities that nurture and sustain Boise’s creative economy. We envision the program helping to bring people together and build positive relationships that help create A City for Everyone.
Review the Catalyst Grant Program Guidelines.
Round 2 Opens March 4
The Department of Arts & History uses the ZoomGrants platform for Grant applications. Need help with creating an account or have other ZoomGrants questions? Review a ZoomGrants Tutorial or head to ZoomGrants HELP & FAQs.
To be considered for funding through the A&H grant program, proposals must:
- Completed by an individual*, as a representative of a nonprofit organization, or as a representative of a nonprofit Friends group associated with a government agency.
- 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 Disabilities 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.
- Include a budget using the template provided in the application and on the website.
*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).
All individuals or organizations applying for funding through the 2024 Catalyst Grant Pilot Program are encouraged, but not required, to attend a grant information session offered by the Boise City Department of Arts & History. Department staff will walk through the guidelines and answer questions about the application process. Currently, all Information Sessions are being offered via Zoom, and advance registration is required. Information sessions will be recorded and uploaded to the website and YouTube for those unable to attend:
- January 4th, 2024, 12-1pm | Watch the Recording
- March 7th, 2024, 12-1pm | Register Here
- May 2nd, 2024, 12-1pm
- July 2nd, 2024, 12-1pm
Do you have an idea for a proposal, looking for feedback on an application, or questions about the application process? Book a meeting with the Grants Manager.
Meeting times are offered during each application round on Wednesdays between 9 a.m.-12 p.m. If there are no times available that fit your schedule, please reach out to Emily Chivers directly at email@example.com or 208-608-7049. In the email, please indicate if there are any specific dates or times that work best for you.
Please reach out to Emily Chivers, Grants & Public Programs Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 208-608-7049.