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Operating Support Grant (OSG)

Grants to Nevada Arts and Cultural Nonprofits to
Support General Operating Expenses

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Nevada Arts Council (NAC)

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Grants of up to $50,000 to Nevada nonprofit arts organizations to cover general operational expenses. Funding is intended to support sustained and ongoing arts services, artistic programming, and community outreach activities. Grant funding can be used to support an organization's operating expenses, including administrative salaries and benefits, payroll expenses, insurance, facility space rental, utilities, and contracted and professional services.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176808

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Two-year grant amount: Up to $50,000 ($25,000/year).
- If your annual total revenue is $30,000 - $99,000, you may request up to $5,000/year.
- If your annual total revenue is $100,000 - $249,999, you may request up to $10,000/year.
- If your annual total revenue is $250,000 - $499,999, you may request up to $15,000/year.
- If your annual total revenue is $500,000 - $999,999, you may request up to $20,000/year.
- If your annual total revenue is $1 million or more, you may request up to $25,000/year.

Term of Contract:

Operating Support Grants are awarded on a two-year cycle.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are Nevada 501(c)3 nonprofit arts/cultural organizations.

NAC cannot fund:
- Any portion of projects that duplicate costs in grants pending with, or received directly from, the NEA.
- Any portion of the same project in multiple grant applications in which duplicate costs are projected during any fiscal year.
- Any portion of completed projects.
- Capital expenditures for land or general purpose equipment with a cost over $2,500.
- Cash prizes
- Competition awards
- Fines, penalties, or debit collection costs
- Travel outside Canada, Mexico, the U.S. and its territories and possessions
- Fundraising efforts or the money spent in order to raise additional funds
- Hospitality or entertainment expenses, including food, beverages and gratuities for openings, receptions, parties or other hospitality functions
- Journalism, historical or academic documentary film and electronic media arts that do not demonstrate significant artistic emphasis, consideration, and distinction
- Legal fees or litigation costs
- Lobbying expenses
- Preparation for, or travel to, competitions (except for Poetry out Loud participants)
- Projects with implicit religious content that may be perceived as advancing a religious purpose
- Publication subvention
- Reduction of debt including interest expenses paid on loans, debts, or borrowed capital
- Renovation, remodeling, restoration or new construction
- Reserve funds
- Salaries and overhead of government agencies, public institutions, and public and private schools, colleges, and universities
- Student scholarships for academic credit or awards for student work.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is March 1, 2019.

Applications should be submitted through the online grant management system.

A 1:1 cash match is required.


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Contact Information:

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

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For technical support contact:
(855) 467-8264, ext. 2

For questions regarding Nevada Arts Council grants and applications contact:
Sierra Scott, Grants Specialist
775-687 7104

Nevada Arts Council – Grant Management Team
716 N. Carson St., Ste A
Carson City, NV 89701
Phone: (775) 687-7104

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USA: Nevada