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Fellowships to Idaho Individual Artists for
Excellence in the Media and Performing Arts

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Idaho Commission on the Arts

Deadline Date:

01/31/18 - Performing and Media Arts; Applications must be postmarked or delivered by 5:00 PM


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Fellowships of $5,000 to Idaho individual artists to recognize and support outstanding work in their discipline. For the current year, applications will be accepted from artists working in the performing and media arts. The purpose of this fellowship is to reward the pursuit of excellence in the arts, promote public awareness of the arts, and help advance an artist’s career.

Disciplines rotate on a three-year cycle:
-Performing and Media Arts (2018)
-Literature (2019)
-Visual Arts, Design, & Craft (2020)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176898

Estimated Size of Grant:

The award amount is $5,000.

Honorable mentions of $1,000 may be awarded at the discretion of the panel.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility and Restrictions:
-Applicant must be a practicing artist or writer.
-Applicant must be at least 18 years old.
-Applicant must be a United States citizen, legal resident, or refugee, and be an Idaho resident for at least one year.
-Applicant must have submitted all final reports for past Commission grants and awards.
-Fellowship recipients must wait six years before reapplying.
-Artists may receive a maximum of three Fellowship awards.

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.

Grant Guidelines:

Fellowship disciplines rotate on a three-year cycle:
Performing and Media Arts 2019 (ICA fiscal year: July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019)
Literature 2020 (ICA fiscal year: July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020)
Visual Arts, Design, and Craft 2021 (ICA fiscal year: July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021)

Contact Information:

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

Idaho Commission on the Arts
2410 Old Penitentiary Rd
Boise, ID 83712


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Geographic Focus:

USA: Idaho