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Arts Learning Project Grant

Grants to Nevada Nonprofits, Public Agencies, Schools,
and IHEs for Arts Education Programs and Residencies

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Nevada Arts Council (NAC)

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Deadline Date:

03/19/18 5:00 PM PST


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Grants of up to $7,500 to Nevada nonprofits, public agencies, schools, IHEs, tribal entities, youth organizations, libraries, and museums to provide creative arts education activities and opportunities. Applicants may be required to submit a draft for review by January 31, 2018. Funding is intended to support arts learning projects and long-term artist residencies to promote cultural awareness.

Whether designed for a school environment or for the general public, eligible activities must accomplish one or more of the following areas of focus:

- Arts Education – The development of cognitive (knowledge), behavioral (skill) or affective (appreciation) learning in one or more arts disciplines, which include dance, drama, music, visual arts, traditional and folk arts, video, film, and writing.

- Arts Integration – The use of the arts as tools to strengthen teaching and learning in non-arts subjects such as reading, social studies, science, math, etc.

- Arts for Social Development – The use of the arts as tools to promote social development (for example, improved social outcomes for at-risk teens) or health and healing (for example, using arts with seniors, patients with Alzheimer’s disease, autism or other learning and/or physical disabilities).

Long-term artist residencies (greater than 20 hours) provide students, teachers and communities with hands-on arts experiences through personal interaction with teaching artists. The residency design allows the artist to explore his/her discipline with students, teachers and community members through a variety of components including teacher workshops, classes, lectures, rehearsals, performances, community events and, perhaps, a final project.

In a school setting, a residency program is meant to enrich and support ongoing arts education, not to supplant or substitute services more appropriately provided by educators trained in the arts or otherwise. Artists are expected to engage students and/or teachers in the artistic process through innovative project-based leadership and modeling.

In-school residencies will only be funded if they supplement an existing program or provide a service that certified teachers typically couldn’t offer, unless the applicant makes an extremely compelling case otherwise.

Artists working under an Arts Learning Grant in a preK–12 setting may never work with students without the supervision of a teacher unless they receive written consent from the school’s principal.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176809

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $7,500

Term of Contract:

Project dates must fall within the NAC fiscal year, which is July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nevada 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and public institutions, including schools, colleges, community centers, youth organizations, museums, tribal entities, senior centers, park districts, and libraries.

NAC cannot fund:
- Projects sponsored by organizations that are incorporated as for-profit
- Nonprofit organizations without IRS tax-exempt status, unless the organization has applied to the IRS for tax exemption by the time of application to NAC, and the organization obtains a Fiscal Agent until tax-exempt status is achieved (page 8 of the guidelines)
- Projects, or any portion of projects, that duplicate costs in grants pending with, or received directly from, the National Endowment for the Arts
- Any portion of the same project in more than one grant category, or in another organization’s application, in which duplicate costs are projected during any fiscal year
- More than one application per year in any one category (except when stated)
- Reduction of debts
- Renovation, remodeling, restoration or new construction
- Purchase of permanent equipment
- Costs for receptions, parties, fundraising, benefits, or other hospitality functions, including food purchase not included in per diem allowance
- Fines and penalties
- Interest
- Reserve funds
- Student scholarships/awards for student work
- Preparation for, or travel to, competitions (except for Poetry Out Loud participants)
- Lobbying expenses
- Any portions of projects already completed or underway
- Costs of competition awards
- Publication subvention

Pre-proposal Conference:

Links to pre-recorded webinars are available at

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline for Tiers I and II is March 19, 2018, 5:00 PM PST.

The deadline for Advance Review is January 31, 2018, 5:00 PM PST.

NAC incorporates an Advance Review to help applicants improve applications and check for mistakes or omissions that might cause ineligibility. Staff reviews narrative and budget sections and support material for consistency and compliance. Feedback is provided to the applicant in time to meet the final submission deadline. (Please note that this is not an editing or proofing review.)

An Advance Review is required for applicants that were declared ineligible or not funded in the prior year or have not applied for a NAC grant in the past two years.

Grant request must be matched 1:1 with a combination of at least 50% cash and in-kind contributions. NAC requires that grantees report all in-kind contributions of goods and services as they have a cash value and demonstrate a broad base of community support.

Application Resources:

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Maryjane Dorofachuk, Arts Learning Program Coordinator

Grants Management Team

Carson City Office
716 N. Carson St., Ste A
Carson City, NV 89701

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Nevada