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General Guidelines
The City of Boise's Arts & History Grants fund quality arts, history, or cultural projects in both established and emerging cultural fields that benefit people living within Boise City Limits.

Proposals are evaluated based on the following criteria (see Criteria section for more information):

The purpose of the A&H Grant program is to help build and reinforce a strong and equitable cultural community in Boise, reflecting priorities set forth in the City of Boise Cultural Master Plan


We recognize that many potential applicants face uncertainty and challenges with planning cultural projects and events in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. As a result, the FY2021 grant cycle will operate differently this year in an attempt to offer support and flexibility. The biggest change for FY2021 will be that we will offer two grant rounds, with dates noted below. (We will evaluate this process when it has concluded to determine whether we will continue the annual cycle with two rounds or revert back to one.) Check the City’s Covid-19 Orders and Community Information page for updates on the latest policies and recommendations.

FY2021 - Grant Opening and Closing Dates

Round 1
: For projects that occur between October 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021
Grants Open: June 1, 2020
Grants Close: June 30, 2020 (A&H staff assistance ends at 5:00 p.m. on this date)

Round 2: For projects that occur between April 1, 2021 and September 30, 2021
Grants Open: October 1, 2020
Grants Close: October 30, 2020 (A&H Staff assistance ends at 5:00 p.m. on this date.)

Details on Two Rounds:

How to Apply

Funding Dates

The Boise City Department of Arts & History (A&H) Grant Program - Fiscal Year 2021 is for projects or initiatives that occur between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021.

Funding Amounts

In each of the two rounds, the Department offers awards between $1,000 and $5,000 (in $500 increments). Most grant recipients are awarded the full amount requested. For FY2021, an applicant could potentially receive up to $5,000 in Round 1 and Round 2 for a total of $10,000. Note: Funding requests cannot exceed 50% of total expenses as outlined in the budget section of the application. 

Funding Limitations

Suggestions for Applicants

Who Can Apply

Individuals*, nonprofit organizations, other organizations, and businesses may all apply for an Arts & History grant. No more than one submission per round (two rounds for FY2021) will be accepted from the same applicant.

*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 to the public). 

The 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.

We encourage persons with disabilities and those who require language assistance to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing accommodation, please contact Jennifer Yribar as soon as possible, but no later than 72 hours before the application is due. To request assistance, you may also dial TTY 1-800-377-3529.

Basic Eligibility Standards

To be considered for funding through the A&H grant program, proposals must:

Types of Applications Accepted

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

The following types of organizations and requests are ineligible for consideration. (Note: This list is not exhaustive.)  


Grant Criteria

QUALITY  (30% of score)
COMMUNITY BENEFIT (40% of score)

Applicants should describe how their proposal makes art and/or history experiences accessible to Boise citizens and/or gives them a voice in contributing to and developing Boise's culture. Applicants should address the following: 

MANAGEMENT (30% of score)

Applicants should explain their ability to carry out what they have proposed. This includes answering application questions thoroughly and consistently and clearly explaining the following:

Reviewers may also take into consideration:

Review Process Overview

Expectations if Your Grant is Funded

Please be aware that you need to complete the following to receive your funding (this information will be included with award notifications in September 2020 and/or January 2021).

For all grant-related questions or reviews, please contact Amy Fackler, Grants Manager.