WE: Boise Weekly Community Fund 


In addition to being a credible, informative and entertaining media outlet, Boise Weekly is dedicated to being an engaged community member. As a small business with a high profile, we realize the power we have to set an example in the small business community, as well as the opportunity we have to reach a broad and diverse audience. Boise Weekly Community Fund was created to better leverage those assets. With our new program we hope to create a thorough, informative process through which an organization, business or event coordinator can apply for grants or matching funds offered by Boise Weekly. Our hope is that news of our giving extends to parts of the community we have yet to reach and continues to serve those whom we’ve long supported. Boise Weekly is private enterprise and does not have any nonprofit association.

What is WE? Each year, Boise Weekly donates approximately $200,000 to the community through grants, sponsorships and charitable financial donations. Boise Weekly Community Fund was established to help us better distribute that money to deserving organizations by pooling our resources—our time, our people and our money—to better benefit the community that we appreciate and support. There are two distinct components of our fund: Boise Weekly Cover Auction and Boise Weekly 50/50 Trade Funding Program.

What is Boise Weekly Cover Auction Grant? There’s really no way to spin this one: We didn’t meet the necessary revenue goal at the 2016 Cover Art Auction to be able to offer Cover Art Grants in 2017. We know, we’re as bummed as you are. For 15 years we’ve been hosting the Cover Art Auction and plowing a portion of proceeds back into the arts community. That has amounted to a sizable chunk of change: More than $120,000 by last count. However, this past year, attendance was down, as were the average bid amounts. We’ve been scratching our heads over it and don’t know why. Maybe it was just an off night. Regardless, we’ll be back with another Cover Art Auction this fall and, bidders willing, we’ll again be able to offer Cover Art Grants and continue our long mission of supporting local art and artists. Thanks for your interest in our cover auction grant.We are confident that we will have a successful auction this fall and have grant opportunities in 2018.

Individuals wishing to be considered as recipients of this year’s grant must submit a Cover Auction Grant Application and proposal. A panel will review the applications and select recipients based on net auction proceeds—Boise Weekly divvies up auction receipts between a 30 percent payment to artists from the sale of their covers and a portion goes to support Boise Weekly, specifically, our long-form investigative journalism program, BW Watchdogs. The rest goes to auction overhead and, of course, grants.

Artists should submit at least two samples of work in original or digital format for review by the selection committee with application. The number of grants will be determined by the quality of the applications received.

All proposals must be submitted to Boise Weekly at 523 Broad Street by February 12, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. for the previous year proceeds. A designated selection committee will announce its decision in Boise Weekly in late February. Grant funds will be distributed as follows: 50 percent upon receipt of your project plan and remainder upon receipt of your Final Report and Financial Report.

What is the 50/50 Trade Funding Program? This is a matching program in which Boise Weekly will match the marketing budget for an applicant to help augment an existing plan to have the best promotion possible with Boise Weekly, boiseweekly.com and our other publications. Boise Weekly will review applications based on community credibility, suitability to Boise Weekly readership and how well your application aligns with the mission and goals of Boise Weekly. Applicants must be in good business standing with Boise Weekly and within the community. Deadline for the upcoming fiscal year is Sept. 28, at 5 p.m. to be eligible for funds for the next year. All submissions are due in writing. Please send your 50/50 Funding Program application to Boise Weekly Community Fund, 523 Broad St., Boise, ID 83702.

You must submit a Final Report to Boise Weekly at the conclusion of the funding period (i.e. event, fiscal year) in order to be eligible to apply again. This renewal process will help ensure that we are both meeting our goals and the funding program is successful.

Boise Weekly will not exceed the amount that has been allocated each year for this program. Once funds have been fully allocated, no more applications will be taken for the year.

Both applications can be completed and submitted digitally to we@boiseweekly.com. Any other documentation that is submitted as part of your application should be mailed or dropped off at Boise Weekly 523 Broad Street, Boise, ID 83702. If you have any questions, please call Boise Weekly at 208.344.2055 or email we@boiseweekly.com.

Updates Designated selection committee members, recipients and progress reports will be posted as the year progresses.