A collaboration of the Idaho State Board of Education and the Idaho Commission on the Arts


This non-matching grant opportunity is offered by the Idaho State Board of Education for the purpose of providing grants to Idaho rural school districts and rural charter schools to support fine arts, performing arts, and design courses. These funds are intended to increase access to arts education for learners in rural public schools that otherwise may lack the resources to offer or expand such programs.

Eligibility and Restrictions

An applicant must be an Idaho rural school district or Idaho rural charter school as defined in Idaho Code, Title 33, Chapter 3, Section 33-319.

Jump to: List of eligible rural districts and charters

Applicants who received a grant in the previous year are eligible to apply. Each eligible rural school district or rural charter school may submit one application (i.e., one application per rural school district and one application per rural charter school). Applicants are advised to coordinate across schools and programs. Multiple applications from the same district or charter school will not be funded.

Request Amount

Applicants may request up to $15,000 in one-time, non-matching funds.

Application Submission Period

Applications may be submitted from Monday, April 10 to Monday, May 1 at 12 pm MST.*

*Original deadline of April 28 extended due to a temporary grants system issue.

Grant Period

July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024.

Eligible Uses of Funds

Funds may be used to purchase equipment, supplies, and curricular materials that support the establishment of, or improvements to arts education programs. The needs of multiple schools, departments, and programs may be included in a single application.

Examples of Eligible Uses of Funds

The following are some examples of eligible uses of funds. The grants may support—but are not limited to—the following:

  • Purchase of online curriculum materials in the arts.
  • Purchase of technology and software to offer fine and performing arts courses, and design courses that are not part of the Career and Technical Education curriculum.
  • Purchase and repair of instruments to start or expand a band or orchestra program in multiple schools.
  • Purchase of materials to upgrade or enhance set design capabilities for a theatre program.
  • Visual art equipment and supplies such as stools, easels, paints, and brushes.
  • Purchase of a printing press to offer a printmaking course.
  • Purchase of a kiln and ceramic supplies.

Funding Restrictions

Funds may not be used for the following purposes:

  • Personnel or contracted services costs.
  • Professional development activities.
  • Design courses that are part of the Career and Technical Education curriculum.


This grant opportunity is administered by the Idaho Commission on the Arts on behalf of the Idaho State Board of Education.

Grant applications are submitted through the online WebGrants portal of the Idaho Commission on the Arts. The grant guidelines and application forms may be found here: https://grants.arts.idaho.gov. Final funding decisions are made by the Idaho State Board of Education.

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of subject matter experts whose recommendations will be sent to the State Board of Education for approval in May 2023. Applicants will be notified of process results in June 2023.

Grantees will submit a final report upon completion of the grant or by July 31, 2024, whichever comes first.

Application Components

Applications are submitted through WebGrants https://grants.arts.idaho.gov. Completed applications will include the following required components:

  • District or charter school registration in WebGrants, requiring pre-approval during normal business hours.
  • Applicant general information and approval of the grant application submission by an authorizing official.
  • Answers to the following four narrative questions:
    1. Population served and need to be addressed: Briefly describe your school district or charter school, the population served, and the need addressed in this grant application. (max. 250 words)
    2. Proposal Description: Briefly describe how you intend to use the funds. (max. 250 words)
    3. Anticipated Demand: Describe anticipated student demand for the course or programs supported by this grant request. (max. 200 words)
    4. Sustainability Plan: Provide a sustainability plan for ongoing support of the arts curricula supported by this grant request. (max. 250 words)
  • Budget form that asks for itemized expenses and a grant request amount. (maximum request of $15,000)

Evaluation Criteria

Eligible applications will be reviewed against the following criteria:

  • The learning needs of the population served are clearly stated.
  • The proposal addresses these learning needs.
  • The applicant provides a plan to sustain the activities supported by this grant application.
  • The budget for the use of funds is clear, complete, and supports the need as stated.

Funding Priority

Applications that are recommended for funding will be prioritized as follows until available funds are fully committed:

  • First Priority—applications from districts and charter schools that were not funded through this grant opportunity in the prior year.
  • Second Priority—for prior-year recipients of this grant opportunity, earliest applications by date and time of submission.

List of Eligible Rural Districts and Charter Schools

058 Aberdeen District
381 American Falls Joint District
383 Arbon Elementary District
394 Avery School District
072 Basin School District
033 Bear Lake County District
485 Bingham Academy Charter
477 Blackfoot Charter Community Learning Center
055 Blackfoot District
061 Blaine County District
234 Bliss Joint District
101 Boundary County District
365 Bruneau-Grand View Joint School District
412 Buhl Joint District
111 Butte County Joint District
121 Camas County District
432 Cambridge Joint District
422 Cascade District
151 Cassia County Joint District
417 Castleford District
181 Challis District
483 Chief Tahgee Elementary Academy District
161 Clark County District
242 Cottonwood Joint District
013 Council District
342 Culdesac Joint District
314 Dietrich District
221 Emmett Independent Dist
531 Fern-Waters Public Charter School
413 Filer District
059 Firth District
487 Forrest M. Bird Charter District
215 Fremont County Joint District
373 Fruitland District
071 Garden Valley District
282 Genesee Joint District
192 Glenns Ferry Joint District
231 Gooding Joint District
231 Gooding Joint District
148 Grace Joint District
233 Hagerman Joint District
415 Hansen District
508 Hayden Canyon Charter School
479 Heritage Academy District
305 Highland Joint District
370 Homedale Joint District
073 Horseshoe Bend School District
596 Idaho School For The Deaf And Blind
468 Idaho Science & Technology Charter
540 Island Park Charter School
251 Jefferson County Jt District
261 Jerome Joint District
304 Kamiah Joint District
391 Kellogg Joint District
283 Kendrick Joint District
414 Kimberly District
274 Kootenai District
084 Lake Pend Oreille School District
272 Lakeland District
341 Lapwai District
182 Mackay District
021 Marsh Valley Joint District
363 Marsing Joint District
536 McCall Community School  dba Mountain Community School
421 McCall-Donnelly Jt. School District
011 Meadows Valley District
136 Melba Joint District
433 Midvale District
331 Minidoka County Joint District
281 Moscow District
193 Mountain Home District
244 Mountain View School District
392 Mullan District
418 Murtaugh Joint District
372 New Plymouth District
302 Nezperce Joint District
149 North Gem District
480 North Idaho Stem Charter Academy District
465 North Valley Academy Charter
135 Notus District
351 Oneida County District
171 Orofino Joint District
472 Palouse Prairie Charter
137 Parma District
371 Payette Joint District
364 Pleasant Valley Elem Dist
044 Plummer-Worley Joint District
285 Potlatch District
191 Prairie Elem District
201 Preston Joint District
316 Richfield District
252 Ririe Joint District
414 RISE Charter School
382 Rockland District
291 Salmon District
243 Salmon River Joint School Dist
060 Shelley District
312 Shoshone Joint District
052 Snake River District
150 Soda Springs Joint District
292 South Lemhi District
041 St Maries Joint District
322 Sugar-Salem Joint District
092 Swan Valley
488 Syringa Mountain Charter District
401 Teton County District
416 Three Creek Jt Elem District
532 Treasure Valley Classical Academy
287 Troy School District
486 Upper Carmen Charter
262 Valley District
393 Wallace District
431 Weiser District
232 Wendell District
083 West Bonner County District
253 West Jefferson District
202 West Side Joint District
288 Whitepine Jt School District
133 Wilder District