Artists in Schools & Communities Sponsor Grants

The Artists in Schools/Communities (AiS/C) Grant program provides funds to hire artists from the Nebraska Arts Council’s Teaching Artist Roster to lead interactive sessions conducted online or in-person. During the sessions, artists share expertise with participants through creative and educational demonstrations, performances, or guided arts activities in a variety of disciplines. Sponsors may hire an artist for an AiS/C Visits program consisting of three sessions or an AiS/C Residency consisting of ten or more sessions.

New for residencies starting July 1, 2021 or later:

  • AiS/C Visits or Residencies must be conducted virtually or outdoors unless hosted in a school, in which case it may be virtual or in-person. In-person school sessions must adhere to district and individual school health and safety policies that have been implemented in response to the pandemic.
  • Sessions, whether online or in-person, must be no more than one hour in length and no more than five sessions per day may be scheduled. Each session is restricted to a single classroom or group; you may not combine classes.
  • Grants now cover the full artist fee up to $1,650, with no matching funds required. All travel-related and accommodation costs for visiting artists are the responsibility of the sponsor.

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations incorporated in Nebraska that are federally tax-exempt, public agencies and sub- divisions of governmental agencies, including PreK-12 accredited schools. Colleges and universities may apply only when significant public participation is planned, with substantial evidence of service beyond the campus community.

Deadline: Grant applications are due at least six weeks before the AiS/C program start date and are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Grant Amounts: Applicants may request between $300 - $1,650. There is no cash match required.

Contact: Linda Hilliar // 402.595.3940

Click here to apply

View the AiS/C Artist Roster