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Arts Commission invites applications for performing arts grant

| August 7, 2020 1:00 AM

COEUR d’ALENE — The Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission is inviting local performing arts organizations to apply for one-time funding through the new Performing Arts Grant Program.

Earlier this year, the COVID-19 pandemic impacted local residents and businesses, but because of quarantine restrictions and social distancing requirements, the city’s performing arts community was virtually shut down.

Because live performances were entirely canceled, professional performing arts companies could not open or fulfill their seasons. This new program will provide a one-time bridge funding grant in support of performing arts entities in Coeur d’Alene. Eligible organizations must demonstrate the following:

n They are an established community contributor with an expected five-plus years in operation

n They are a nonprofit or Idaho corporation, with at least one paid staff/manager and compensated performers

n They must be able to demonstrate economic impact generators to or within the city’s urban renewal districts

n They must be able to match funding — either in kind or other, at 25 percent

n Eligible funding uses would be for documented venue/facility fees or royalties

The grant funds must be used within the next 36 months, with required annual reporting to the Arts Commission.

The application deadline is Aug. 31, with funds being distributed in September or October. For program details and to apply, visit www.cdaid.org/performingartsgrant, download and fill out the application form or come to Coeur d'Alene City Hall at 710 E. Mullan Ave. to pick up an application form.

This Performing Arts Grant Program is made possible using dedicated funds set aside for the arts by ignite cda, Coeur d'Alene's urban renewal agency. Grant awards from $1,000 up to $50,000 per entity will be determined by the Arts Commission, with final approval from ignite cda and city council.

Performing arts organizations that are interested in applying are encouraged to contact Amy Ferguson, Arts Commission staff support, at amyf@cdaid.org with any questions.