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Public Programs in the Arts (PPA)

Grants to Idaho Established Arts Nonprofits and
Agencies for Organizational and Program Support

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Idaho Commission on the Arts (ICA)

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01/31/19 5:00 PM Postmark or Delivery


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Grants to Idaho nonprofit and governmental arts organizations to support arts programming and operations. The purpose of this grant is to strengthen the state’s established arts organizations through business stabilization. Award amounts will be based on a formula that considers the panel review assessment, fiscal size of the organization, and past Commission funding.

The PPA Cycle spans four years, then repeats. New PPA recipients may enter during any year of the cycle.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176883

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award amounts vary. Grant amounts are based on a formula that considers the panel review assessment, fiscal size of the organization, and past Commission funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility and Restrictions:
-Applicant must be a nonprofit, IRS tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization or be represented by a fiscal agent; or be a school, or a unit of local, county, tribal, or state government.
-Applicant must compensate professional artists and administrators.
-The organization’s primary purpose must be the production, presentation, or support of the arts and it must demonstrate a history of maintaining high artistic standards.
-Applicant must have a minimum of a three-year public program history operating as a public, nonprofit arts organization.
-Applicant must have completed at least one year of Entry Track funding and have received notification of PPA status.
-University applicants are not eligible for PPA.
-Applicant must have submitted all final reports for past Commission grants.

Not Funded:
-Establishment of or contributions to an endowment.
-Fundraising projects that do not raise funds for the arts.
-Prizes, scholarships, or free tickets.
-Projects or programs to generate or attract audiences.
-Offsetting of debt, payment of fines, penalties, legal fees, or indirect costs.
-Activities that are primarily promotional or created for mass distribution, such as duplication of CDs, portfolios, gallery announcements, self-published books, brochures, or websites.
-Student exhibitions, anthologies, publications, or performances, unless those activities document an arts education grant.
-Costs associated with any degree or professional certification, such as tuition, fees, and teaching materials.
-Projects or activities already completed or beginning before the eligible start date.
-Documentation of projects except for arts education activities.
-Projects primarily recreational, therapeutic, vocational, rehabilitative, or religious.
-Activities restricted to an organization’s membership.
-Cost for the applicant to attend activities or consecutive annual activities that should be built into an organization’s budget; for example, the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Americans for the Arts, Northwest Booking Conference, or other professional conferences.
-Pageants, festivals, or celebrations unrelated to arts, ethnic, or cultural activities.
-Historical or academic documentary film and electronic media arts that do NOT demonstrate significant artistic emphasis, consideration, and distinction.
-Scholarly or academic works in history, languages, archeology, and political science.
-Lobbying expenses or political activities.
-Hospitality expenses such as food and drink, alcohol, flowers, and so on.
-Capital expenditures for individuals.
-Writing intended for youth.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants may request a courtesy review three weeks prior to submission. Staff will review your application and offer suggestions for improvement. This process does not guarantee funding, but may strengthen the proposal.

Annual applications are submitted by mail or hand-delivered by 5:00 PM on January 31. This is a postmark deadline.

Annual grants are approved in the May Commission meeting and all applicants are notified in June. Funds become available in July.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit applications to:
Idaho Commission on the Arts
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0008


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USA: Idaho