COVID-19 and the Arts of Nebraska

Like all of you, the Nebraska Arts Council has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 public health situation. We have been in touch with many of our partnership organizations and constituents, and we have also consulted with the national network of arts agencies. In recent days we have been actively working with policy makers. It is our priority to keep you notified of the latest developments of how Nebraska’s arts and culture sector will be affected.

We are keenly aware of the hardships imposed by this virus on everyone. For arts organizations and individual artists, the cancellation of performances and exhibits means a loss of income. We’d like to ask all arts patrons to consider how they can help:

To support arts venues and organizations affected by COVID-19, we encourage current ticket holders not to request a refund.

For the individual artist, it is our hope that during these difficult times, patrons will consider now a good time to invest in art.

For more information on resources, the most comprehensive resource guide we’ve found is on the Grantmakers in the Arts website. As the nation recovers, it is important that the nonprofit arts community and individual artists have a seat at the table when Congress, the State of Nebraska and your local government are considering economic relief. Americans for the Arts is compiling a survey to gather data for this purpose.

The Nebraska Arts Council is here to support all who may be affected in the coming weeks. Please reach out with any questions, concerns, and suggestions. We are here for you. Be well and keep safe.

To answer the growing questions from those of you who currently have NAC grant awards as well as those looking to apply, we have created a FAQs about COVID-19

FAQs in response to COVID-19

Please know that the Nebraska Arts Council is focused on and closely monitoring COVID-19 and its effect on the arts community. We stand ready to assist our applicants and awardees in the coming weeks and months.


Q. Will the upcoming 2020 application deadlines be changed?

A. No. The Nebraska Arts Council will continue to accept grant applications at our published deadlines. All applications are submitted electronically through systems that are unaffected by the COVID-19 situation.

Q. What if our organization applied to the Fixed Deadline Grants and we need to make a change to our project as a result of COVID-19?

A. Applicants should notify NAC staff of any significant changes in their project that occurs after they have submitted their application. Our staff will work with you to determine the appropriate course of action.


Q. We might have to cancel our grant project (or part of our grant project). What options are there?

A. You can request a Period of Performance extension if you think you may be able to complete the project activities by a later end date. You also can request a change in the scope of the grant project. Depending on the change, you may be able to draw down funds for the costs and activities you’ve already completed.


Q. Will I be able to contact NACt staff?

A. Yes. Whether working at our offices or remotely, our staff will be available to answer your questions. It is possible, however, that your regular contact may be unavailable. If you don’t get a response within a reasonable period of time, feel free to reach out to someone else in your regular contact’s office, or email us at

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