Performing Arts Grant Program

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In early 2020, a global pandemic, COVID-19, impacted not only the residents and businesses in the area, but due to quarantine restrictions and social distancing requirements, the City’s performing arts community was virtually shut down.  Because live performances were entirely canceled due to the pandemic, professional performing arts companies could not open or fulfill their seasons.  As a result, the Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission is seeking opportunities to support performing arts entities in Coeur d’Alene through a one-time bridge funding grant program. 

Program Details: 

This funding opportunity allows for a one-time bridge funding grant utilizing funds set aside and dedicated by the City’s urban renewal organization, ignite cda, with awarded funds to be used within 36 months.  Funding awards may be anywhere from $1,000 to $50,000. 

Who Can Apply:

Performing Arts organizations located within the boundaries of the City of Coeur d’Alene, who can demonstrate the following:

  • They are an established community contributor with an expected 5+ years in operation;
  • They are a non-profit or Idaho corporation, with a history of at least one paid staff/manager and compensated performers;
  • They must be able to demonstrate economic impact generators to or within the City’s urban renewal districts;
  • They must be able to match funding – either in kind or other, at 25%;
  • Eligible funding uses would be for documented venue/facility fees or royalties; and
  • The grant funds must be used within the 36 months, with required annual reporting to the Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission.


All submissions must be made using the APPLICATION FORM.  

Submissions must be received no later than August 31, 2020.   If needed after initial review, the Arts Commission selection committee may request further information and/or a meeting with applicants for further discussion. 

All applicant finalists will be required to make an in-person presentation to the ignite cda board of directors, with final approval by ignite cda and the Coeur d’Alene City Council. 

All applicants chosen to receive funding will be notified in writing and will be asked to do the following:

  • Sign an Agreement with the City of Coeur d’Alene pledging to utilize the grant funds within 36 months;
  • Submit annual reports detailing the use of the funding, including a paid staff affidavit;
  • Have a Social Security Number or Federal Tax Identification number issued by the Internal Revenue Service;
  • For events only, proof of insurance may be required;
  • All promotional items, regardless of media format, must have an approved CDA Arts Commission logo and support acknowledgment;

Additional Information

All granted funding must be expended within 36 months from the date in which it was granted.

All applicants acknowledge that they are required to comply with the City’s law prohibiting discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations related to sexual orientation and/or gender identity/expression (Chapter 9.56 CMC).