- QUICKFUNDS (quarterly) Support professional advice or training, arts projects, or projects essential to the mission of an organization.
- PUBLIC PROGRAMS IN THE ARTS (PPA) (annually) Provides funding for the public programs provided by established professional arts organizations.
- ENTRY TRACK (annually) Supports ongoing public programs for the arts provided by the arts organizations new to the Commission, and public arts programs provided by university-based arts organizations.
- PUBLIC ART AND CULTURAL FACILITIES (one time funding opportunity) Supports feasibility studies, renovation, or construction of performance, exhibition, or artist spaces, for capital expenditures for those facilities, and for public art projects.
Specific eligibility requirements for each funding category are in the appropriate sections.
- have been in operation in Idaho for at least one year
- be a nonprofit, IRS tax exempt 501 (c)3 organization (www.irs.gov) or be represented by a fiscal agent, visit Policies page
- or be a school
- or be a unit of local, county, tribal, or state government
compensate professional artists and administrators
according to negotiated agreements
an independent board of directors empowered to formulate policies and be responsible
for the governance and administration of the organization, its programs, and
- • have submitted all final reports for past Commission grants
For information on the eligibility of college or university
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for the definition of a university applicant.
FUNDING POLICIES FOR ORGANIZATIONS
Commission grants should be considered as supplemental to the finances of any organization, program, or project and are intended to help leverage support from other sources. Applicants should demonstrate community fund-raising and seek a broad base of financial support.
Some grants to organizations must include cash or an in-kind match or a combination of both. (Check specific grant program requirements for details.)
Applicants who experience significant changes in staffing, programming, or finances after the application deadline should notify the Commission in writing.
The Commission is governed by these policies in all funding decisions.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT & ACCESS
Making the arts accessible to all Idahoans is a priority of the Commission. Recipients must agree to make every attempt to ensure that people with disabilities, ethnic groups, occupational groups, older adults, or young audiences have access.
Accessibility involves the location and ease of usage of the facility, content of the activities, and the planning process. Consideration of accessibility in the early planning stages of a proposal is important if all community members are to participate in some manner. In planning such projects the Commission requests evidence that the pertinent cultural and community groups have been invited to participate. Please contact the Commission if you have questions or for guidance.
ACQUISITIONS, COMMISSIONS, & PURCHASES
demonstrates strong management and security practices, and
maintains an ongoing exhibition program or permanent collection.
The Commission will only fund projects
for acquisition, commission of new works, and purchase awards when the applying
organization maintains a facility open to the public, and
COMPENSATION FOR ARTISTS AND ORGANIZATIONS
Priority is generally given to those projects involving Idaho artists and arts organizations. This policy does not exclude the use of out-of-state resources if those resources are not available within the state, or if they supplement those available locally. Artists should be appropriately compensated for their expertise and services rendered; applications should show evidence of a commitment to this standard.
COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES
The Commission recognizes that educational institutions are important cultural resources for their communities, and they may apply for support if they present and market their arts activities to the public and if the activity is supplementary to regular course offerings.
- Multiple departments and organizations within a university may apply for Arts Education Project Grants and for QuickFunds.
- Entry Track Grants: If a university-based arts organization providing arts programs for the general public operates under the nonprofit umbrella of the university, then it is eligible to receive Entry Track funding. One Entry Track grant application per university will be accepted each year.
- QuickFunds QuickProject for Organizations: If a university-based arts organization providing arts programs for the general public operates under the nonprofit umbrella of the university, then it is eligible to receive QuickProject for Organizations funding. One QuickProject application per university will be funded each fiscal year. Match requirement is 1:1 with non-university or non-state cash.
- Public Programs in the Arts (PPA) Grants: If a university-affiliated arts organization providing arts programs for the general public has nonprofit status apart from the university, with ultimate fiduciary responsibility resting with the organization’s board of directors (regardless of the cash or in-kind support from the affiliated university or college), then it is eligible to apply for PPA funding.
- Public Art and Cultural Facilities: Educational institutions such as private and public schools, colleges, and universities, and their affiliated nonprofit foundations, are not eligible for Public Art and Cultural Facilities grants.