PLEASE NOTE:  The BOOST grant program is now closed for 2017 as funds are exhausted.  It will reopen January 2018.

The first BOOST deadline for 2017 is February 6, 2017. The application portal for BOOST will open December 19th.

BOOST is a capacity-building program supporting the management, governance and professional development needs of not-for-profit arts organizations. Applicants are encouraged to make a long-term commitment to continuous improvement and to developing skills that result in benefits not only to the organization, but to the larger arts community.

Individuals not associated with an organization may qualify for professional development assistance under the Arts Council’s Artists in the Community program.

Read the 2017 Grant Guidelines for complete information about this program, support materials and application and review criteria.

Application deadlines are the first Monday of every month, beginning in February.

What The Program Supports

Applicants may request up to $7,000, except where noted below. Applicants are limited to one (1) grant per calendar year through this program, but may package a request that combines smaller grants from categories listed below if it aligns with a coordinated plan. Preference will be given to applicants that have not received a BOOST grant the previous year

The Arts Council accepts applications in the following categories:

Broadening operational capacity

When an organization finds itself in a situation where expansion of existing capacity is necessary to improve efficiencies or continued growth, the Arts Council provides funding to obtain resources or expertise to guide and implement operational upgrades. Applications should be clear about long-term maintenance when presenting first time activity. Equipment purchases related to activities in this category may not exceed $3,000. For example, expenses related to an upgrade of technology to launch a donor relations management system for the organization or consultant services to implement an online volunteer engagement program would be eligible under this category.

Strengthening governance and leadership

Healthy organizations are vital to the stability of the arts and cultural community. The Arts Council recognizes that smaller organizations may lack the resources required to continue growth and evolution through the strengthening of infrastructure. Applications should include long-term benefits and maintenance. Examples of eligible activity include expenses related to a board retreat, strategic or long-term planning or an external financial audit.

Supporting professional development

The ability to continue enhancing the skills of staff members is integral to the growth of an organization.  Small grants of up to $2,000 to offset the costs of professional development opportunities for organizational staff will be accepted. For example, traditional business skill seminars or discipline specific conferences would be eligible for support under this category.

Application Deadline

Applications with accompanying support materials are due by 5:00 p.m. on the first Monday of every month, beginning in February.

If the deadline falls on a holiday, the deadline is extended to the next business day.

Upon request, the Grants & Services staff will review and evaluate draft applications up to one (1) week before the grant application deadline. Requests must be received via email by 5:00 p.m., no later than one (1) week before the grant application deadline.

Who May Apply

Eligibility restrictions outlined in the General section apply.

All organizations applying to this program should have or demonstrate intent to secure 501(c)(3) non-profit status. Organizations with annual expenses under $5 million whose primary focus is arts and culture* are eligible to apply to this program.

NOTE: Operating Support recipients are eligible to apply if they meet the above eligibility.


How to Apply

Read the 2017 Grant Guidelines for complete information about this program. Applications are accepted through GoArts, the Arts Council’s online application system. No paper applications will be accepted.

Organizations applying for entrepreneurial support should contact the Grants & Services Department to discuss the appropriateness of their proposed need. This ensures the application is well-developed to increase the applicant’s chance of receiving funding.

Late applications will not be accepted.