Download A&H Grant Guidelines & Criteria (FY2020)

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 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 reflects priorities as set forth in the City of Boise Cultural Master Plan

FY2020 - Grant Opening and Closing Dates

Grants Open: May 1, 2019
Grants Close: June 19, 2019 (A&H staff assistance ends at 5:00pm on this date)
FY2020 Grant Recipients Announced: Early September, 2019

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.

How to Apply

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Funding Dates

The Boise City Department of Arts & History (A&H) Grant Program - Fiscal Year 2020 is for projects or initiatives that occur between October 1, 2019 and September 1, 2020.

Funding Amounts

The Department offers grants between $1,000 and $5,000. Most grant recipients are awarded the full amount requested. Note: Funding requests cannot exceed 50% of total expenses as outlined in the budget section of the application.

New This Year

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 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.

*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). 

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  note exhaustive.)  

Grant Evaluation

Applications are evaluated based on responses to the online application and related attachments and how the following criteria are addressed.


QUALITY  (30% of score)

Reviewers will evaluate the applicant's skill level and expertise related to the proposal. This will include assessing the applicant's background, experience, and education in the related artistic, historic, or cultural-based medium.

COMMUNITY BENEFIT (40% of score)

Applicants should describe how their proposal makes art and history experiences accessible to Boise citizens and/or give 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 2019).

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