Funding Resources for Idaho

Strong project outcomes require an equally strong knowledge of funding, financing, and grant support. We help our clients understand and pursue the resources necessary for project success, whether it’s building a funding and financing strategy, connecting with funding agencies, or positioning a project in a grant application.

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Funding Opportunities and Updates | March 29, 2024

Idaho Grant Program Provides Flexible Funding for Rural Communities

Gem Grants can fund a range of infrastructure projects to support economic development.

The Idaho Department of Commerce makes up to $50,000 available per applicant to fund the hard implementation costs associated with economic development efforts. Eligible applicants include city, county, or tribal governments in rural communities with populations of less than 10,000. Funding can be used for upgrades to infrastructure, remediating blighted structures, or rehabilitating schools. Grant applications are accepted online and reviewed on a quarterly basis. Deadlines are the third Monday in March, June, September, and December. The next application deadline is June 17, 2024. Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss the application process with a member of the Idaho Gem Grant team at 208.287.0780. To learn more, visit the Idaho Gem Grant Program page.

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Kara Beaudoin, PE

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Contact Kara for help with grant application and strategy.

(208) 784-1088

Funding Opportunities and Updates | June 27, 2022

2022 Idaho Brownfields Conference Recordings Available!

This year’s Idaho Brownfields Conference saw a number of excellent presentations. If you were unable to attend or want to revisit certain presentations, recordings are available here.

Funding Opportunities and Updates | July 14, 2020

Return to Work Bonus Applications Accepted Starting July 13

Idaho has allocated $100 million to provide cash bonuses to people who have returned to work, a measure designed to counteract increases in federal benefits. Bonuses are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Eligible entities may apply starting at noon MT on July 13.

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Governor Approves Additional Funding for State Board of Education

Gov. Brad Little approved $34 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funding in late June for the State Board of Education. These funds help provide devices and infrastructure access to students and support development of a statewide postsecondary digital campus.

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Workforce Development Council Receives $1 Million for New Training Program

Gov. Brad Little approved $1 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funding for Idaho’s Workforce Development Council to launch a workforce training program through Idaho Rebounds. The program provides targeted, short-term training for those impacted by the pandemic at no cost. Training will be aligned with employers’ needs and curated primarily from Idaho institutions.

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Funding Opportunities and Updates | June 2, 2020

Cash Grants Available for Small Businesses, Self-Employed

The state of Idaho is accepting applications for small business cash grants under the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF). These grants are available for small businesses with one to 50 employees, and on May 18, grants were extended to those who are self-employed.

U.S. Treasury guidance allows the state to use CRF dollars for expenditures “related to the provision of grants to small businesses to reimburse the costs of business interruption caused by required closure.”

Due to limited funds, the state is providing these grants in three waves:

  • Eligible entities with one to 19 employees could apply starting May 11, 2020
  • Eligible entities with one to 50 employees could apply starting May 18, 2020 (subject to available funding)
  • All eligible entities, from those who are self-employed up and businesses with up to 50 employees could apply starting May 27, 2020 (subject to available funding)

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Idaho Rolls Out New COVID-19 Testing Strategy

On May 22, Governor Brad Little announced that Idaho’s Testing Task Force completed its recommendations for expansion and targeting of coronavirus testing—a critical piece of the Idaho Rebounds plan for reopening and strengthening the state.

The Testing Task Force’s recommendations include:

  • Who should be tested and how often
  • Significant increased investment in local testing capacity
  • Immediate expansion of molecular diagnostic testing, which can, in part, help stop the spread of COVID-19
  • Limited use of serologic (antibody) testing, which detects human antibodies to the virus

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