The NAC provides grants to support arts education, both in-school and out-of-school. Community-based programming (taking place outside of school settings) may be for youth or adult learners. The NAC’s education-related grant categories include:
Artists in Schools/Communities Sponsor Grants
The Nebraska Arts Council maintains a list of 85 teaching artists who are available for educational residencies with schools and communities. Schools that apply for and receive these grants are given funds to hire one of these artists for at least 20 hours of arts instruction. During residencies, artists share their expertise and work with teachers or staff to help students achieve educational goals in the arts and other academic disciplines. Requests up to $2,500 have a floating deadline, and applicants with larger requests may apply at the October 1 or March 1 deadline.
Arts Learning Project Grants
In the spring of 2016, the NAC awarded nearly $80,000 to support school and community programs with a strong educational emphasis. Projects vary widely, and range from theatre enrichment programs in schools to dance education programs designed for adults with disabilities. Grant requests can be from $2,000 to $15,000 in matching funds. Annual grant deadlines for this category are October 1 or March 1.
School Bus for the Arts Grants
Because Nebraska is a vastly rural state, the Nebraska Arts Council offers School Bus for the Arts Grants. These grants cover field trip transportation and admission fees for K-12 students to attend professional arts events and cultural exhibits, experiences that many Nebraska students don’t have due to school budget restraints and geographic location. These grants have a floating deadline.