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Annual Series and Event Grants (ASE)

Grants to Nebraska Nonprofits, IHEs, Agencies,
and Schools for Recurring Public Arts Events

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Nebraska Arts Council (NAC)

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Grants of up to $7,500 to Nebraska nonprofits, IHEs, government agencies, and schools to support the production and presentation of recurring arts events and series. Applicants must contact program staff at least three months prior to the deadline. Events must be open to the general public. An arts series may have multiple disciplines, performances, and components.

Examples include exhibitions, performances, poetry readings, commissions and/or support of new work development, arts festivals, community murals and ethnic heritage projects.

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GrantWatch ID#: 174513

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant amounts are determined on a year-to-year basis and based upon a fixed percentage of the series/event budget, available funding and NAC approval.

The maximum grant award in the ASE category is $7,500.

Term of Contract:

Projects submitted for the Spring Deadline may take place July 1 - June 30.

Projects submitted for the Fall Deadline may take place January 1 - June 30.

Projects that span the summer may have a start date as early as June 1 and an end date as late as August 31.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

ASE applicants must be pre-approved to apply.

To be pre-approved to apply in the ASE category, organizations must first meet, and continue to meet, the following criteria. The organization must:
-Be incorporated in Nebraska for a minimum of three years prior to applying.
-Have Federal tax-exempt status.
-Produce and/or present the same event or series of events on a recurring basis.
-Demonstrate a successful history of grant writing and management as a Project Grant for three consecutive years.

Note: All projects primarily targeting youth must apply in as an Arts Learning Project or Artists in Schools/Communities grant.

Organizations in this category must demonstrate consistent artistic, educational and cultural value; responsiveness to their community; credible planning and evaluation strategies; and a high level of financial and managerial accountability, including a history of successful NAC grantsmanship.

Nebraska Nonprofit Organizations:
All organizational grant applicants must be incorporated as a nonprofit organization, and physically located, in the State of Nebraska with articles of incorporation current and on file in the Nebraska Secretary of State's office.

Collleges and Universities:
Institutions of higher learning may apply for NAC funding only when the general public is involved in the planning and implementation of the project, and when public attendance is sought in significant numbers.

Government Agencies, Tribal Governments, Schools, and Nonprofit Non-Arts Organizations:
NAC welcomes applications from non-arts entities such as tribal governments, city agencies, county parks and recreation departments, social service organizations, hospices, juvenile centers, and public and private schools to support arts projects. These arts programs may often be the point of access to new audiences or the sole source of cultural activity in a community.

Religious Organizations:
Faith-based and religious organizations may apply for NAC grant funds so long as the primary purpose of the program is artistic expression. The NAC funded activities must be open to the general public, the funds cannot be used for projects (by an organization, institution or individual) with implicit religious content that may be perceived as advancing a religious purpose, nor can the project cannot be viewed as attempting to convert people to a particular religious viewpoint.

Not Funded:
-Artistic fees paid to students, student performers or student instructors
-Arts projects that exclude the public
-Capital improvements, new construction or restoration
-College or university-sponsored projects that exclude the public
-Events or projects that have already taken place
-Food, beverages and mileage not related to out-of-town travel
-General operating expenses for non-arts organizations
-Permanent supplies and equipment
-Political activities
-Prizes, awards or scholarships
-Projects already receiving NAC funding
-Projects that are suitable for local support, such as mascots, memorials to a local individual or school productions
-Projects that offer only academic credit for students
-Reduction of existing deficits

Pre-Application Information:

Organizations interested in this category must contact the NAC staff no later than three months prior to the grant period deadline.

-Spring Deadline: March 1 (for projects taking place July 1 - June 30)
-Fall Deadline: October 1 (for projects taking place January 1 - June 30)

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Rachel Morgan

Nebraska Arts Council
1004 Farnam Street
Omaha, NE 68102

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USA: Nebraska