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Creative District Development Grant

The purpose of the Creative District Development Grant is to provide funds to the Creative Districts of Nebraska. This program is designed for projects that focus on significant cultural tourism projects.

Applicants can use the grant funds on the following:

High-quality arts programming that will attract a significant number of visitors to the Creative District

Physical Enhancements
Enhancements to the Creative District to make it more accessible, attractive, cohesive-looking, and safe for visitors.

Promotion of the district; this may include the district’s website, branding, and marketing. Can also include improved signage and wayfinding for the district.

Operational Support
Organizational support for the management and operations of the district (only for designated District Administrator organizations in certified Creative Districts)

Visit the Creative District Program page for more information on Creative Districts and how to become certified.


Nonprofit or local government agency located in a certified Creative District. The applicant must:

Be an incorporated nonprofit organization, physically located in the State of Nebraska, with articles of incorporation current and on file in the Nebraska Secretary of State’s office, or a subdivision of government.

Have a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN).

Have received federal tax-exempt status. Divisions of government must submit a copy of the sales tax exemption certificate from the State Department of Revenue.

The applicant must be the District Administrator for a certified Creative District or a non-profit in the Creative District that is listed as a partner in the Creative District Plan. If the applicant is not the District Administrator, please contact NAC staff to discuss options. Basic Support grantees (BSG) that meet the eligibility requirements can apply.

Priority will be given to organizations in districts that have not received funds in the past in this grant category.


Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis after the Creative District is certified.

Grant Amounts

$250,000 maximum


Contact Rachel Morgan for more information.