- Quick Projects: supports projects and activities
- Professional Development: for individuals in all disciplines
FELLOWSHIP AWARDS (3 year discipline rotation)
Recognizes Idaho’s exceptional artists and writers.
WRITER IN RESIDENCE AWARD (every 3 years) Bestows the highest literary honor in the state.
TRADITIONAL ARTS APPRENTICESHIP (annually) Encourage the continuation of artistic and cultural arts and traditions of Idaho’s familial, ethnic, tribal, occupational, or regional groups or communities.
Grants and awards are intended to support individuals who derive a significant portion of their livelihood from their artistic practice or identify themselves as professional artists, arts educators, or arts administrators. Such individuals are expected to verify this status with a résumé and support materials. Funding is based on artistic merit, not on need, and funds are not intended for nonprofessionals who engage in art as a hobby, or for primarily promotional projects.
On the date of application an individual applicant is required to:
- be an emerging or established practicing artist in any discipline, an arts administrator, a traditional folk artist, or an educator.
- be at least 18 years old (except for the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship program);
- a United States citizen, legal resident, or refuge;
- an Idaho resident for at least one year;
- and have submitted all final reports for past Commission grants and awards.
Artists working in collaborations must file one joint application whereby one person will be considered the primary applicant, will receive the funds, and be responsible for the legal and contractual conditions of the grant. Be specific about everyone’s responsibilities and provide résumés, work samples, and support materials for each collaborator.
Individuals who are normally part of a group may apply individually provided all artistic documentation is easily identifiable as solely his or her own.
Folk and Traditional artists may document their work through letters and recorded testimony.
Writers may apply only in the areas of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and cowboy poetry.
Degree-seeking students: Individuals who currently are enrolled in a degree or certificate-granting program may apply only if the project is not directly related to their degree program. In the category of Arts Education, teachers are exempt from this eligibility restriction because they often continue their education to maintain certification credentials.