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Presenting the State Poet

Presenting Nebraska’s State Poet grants provide financial assistance for Nebraska nonprofit organizations and accredited public or private schools to host events featuring the current Nebraska State Poet, Matt Mason.

Presenting organizations that hold performances within a school setting are required to attest that their school-based performances follow the host school’s health guidelines. Read more program guidelines.


Nonprofit organizations incorporated in Nebraska that are federally tax-exempt, public agencies and sub-divisions of governmental agencies, including PreK-12 accredited schools are eligible to apply.

Colleges and universities may apply only when significant public participation is planned, with substantial evidence of service beyond the campus community. Each organization is limited to one application per fiscal year.


Grant applications are due six weeks before the event and are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Grant Amounts

The presenting organization is responsible for $50 dollars of the total State Poet’s fee, per contract, per application.


Contact Stephanie Plummer for more information.

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