Eastern Idaho news in brief

Bistline Fund gifts $70,000 in art grants

The F.M. and Anne G. and Beverly B. Bistline Foundation Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation are providing $68,830 in grants to arts-focused nonprofits in southeastern Idaho.

Area recipients of the fall grant cycle are Lillian Vallely School, Inc., in Blackfoot, who was awarded $4,980 to purchase deer hides so students can learn how to make moccasins in their culture class and to help pay the salary of part-time art and music teachers; Snake River High School in Blackfoot, which was awarded $5,000 to buy wireless microphones; and the Art Museum of Eastern Idaho, in Idaho Falls, which was awarded $10,785 to take hands-on art lessons to elementary school classrooms in Shelley, Firth, Blackfoot, Fort Hall, Pocatello and Soda Springs. Visit idcomfdn.org.

IHC opens winter grant round

The Idaho Humanities Council invites proposals for mini and major grants and teacher incentive grants from organizations and individuals for consideration at the IHC’s next grant round. The deadline is Jan. 15.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the guidelines and contact IHC staff at info@idahohumanities.org before beginning a proposal.

Grants have supported museum and library exhibits, oral history projects, heritage tourism projects, special lectures, the preservation of historical photo archives, Chautauqua programs, community-wide reading programs, humanities-focused conferences and a variety of projects and programs that inspire community dialogue in the humanities. This year, the IHC has a special interest in seeing proposals that offer the opportunity for civil discourse on race and ethnicity and other issues of public concern. Teacher incentive grants are awarded to K-12 teachers to enhance their teaching of the humanities in the classroom. Visit and apply at idahohumanities.org.