This annual grant opportunity supports public programs in the arts delivered by Idaho’s arts organizations. Grant amounts are based on a formula that considers the panel review assessment, fiscal size of the organization, and past Commission funding.
Nonprofit organizations which successfully complete Entry Track review may be invited to apply for Public Programs in the Arts funding.

Program Goals

  • Support artistic excellence as demonstrated by the organization’s mission and potential to: meet the highest standards of excellence in the creation of art, engage the public, provide opportunities for participants to acquire knowledge or skills in the arts, and/or strengthen communities through the arts.
  • Encourage community access to the arts through the expansion and diversification of participants and audiences. Increase efforts in diversity, equity and inclusion by ensuring that funded activities are reflective of Idaho’s people, cultures and traditions.
  • Strengthen best practices for management including planning, budgeting, evaluating outcomes, documenting activities and diversifying income sources.
  • Prepare organizations for transition to Public Programs in the Arts.

Eligibility and Restrictions

  • Applicant must be a nonprofit, IRS tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization or applying through a fiscal agent; or be a unit of local, county, tribal, or state government, including schools and school Nonprofit organizations must have a valid 501(c)(3) Determination Letter with an effective date at least three years prior to the grant application deadline date.
  • Applicant must have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) issued by
  • Applicant must have a minimum of a three-year program history as of the application deadline date.
  • Applicant must compensate professional artists and administrators.
  • The organization’s primary purpose must be the production, presentation, or support of the arts.
  • University applicants are eligible for one Entry Track grant application per year, if the institution does not already receive a Public Programs in the Arts grant.
  • Applicant must have submitted all final reports for past Commission grants.