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Arts Accessibility Grants

The Arts Accessibility Grant has two tracks:
Event Services and Improvement Projects

For more general information about accessibility, visit our accessibility information page.

Contact:
For questions about the Arts Accessibility Grant Programs: Linda Hilliar // 402.595.3940
For questions about specific outreach, services, and resources, contact our NAC Accessibility Specialist - Robin Richards // 402.595.3934


 

1.) Arts Accessibility Grant for event services

The Arts Accessibility Grant for event services program provides non-matching reimbursement grants to Nebraska nonprofit organizations to defray costs involved in opening performances to all individuals regardless of accessibility barriers.
 

What expenses are eligible?

Services:

  • Fees for licensed American Sign Language Interpreter(s)
  • Fees for licensed Audio Description Services
  • Fees for Sensory Guide Services
  • Fees for contracted transportation expenses (bus, minivan, Uber, parking, etc.)

Materials:

  • Cost of printing Braille programs, sensory guides, and/or large print guides
  • Cost of Sensory Kits

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations incorporated in Nebraska that are federally tax-exempt, and public agencies and subdivisions of governmental agencies. Basic Support Grant (BSG) and Annual Series and Events (ASE) grantees are eligible to apply.

Grant Amounts: Applicants can request a maximum award of $2,500 per fiscal year (July 1-June 30). $250 per event or $2,500 for a series of 10 or more events.

Deadline: At least four weeks prior to the event or purchase of materials.


2.) Arts Accessibility Grant for improvement projects

The Arts Accessibility Grant for improvement projects is an invitational grant program designed to provide non-matching funds to improve access to art organization’s existing programs or facility for patrons with disabilities.
 

What expenses are eligible?

  • Purchase and staff training of accessibility equipment
  • Improvements to existing facilities or infrastructure meant to enhance access
  • Professional development for staff and artists on how to improve the accessibility of your organization’s existing programs

Eligibility: Nonprofit arts organizations incorporated in Nebraska that are federally tax-exempt. (No schools, colleges, public agencies, subdivisions of government agencies, or religious organizations.) Basic Support Grant (BSG) and Annual Series and Events (ASE) grantees are eligible.

Grant Amounts: Non-matching, up to $5,000

How to Apply: To be eligible to apply, organizations must first email a Letter of Intent (LOI) to linda.hilliar@nebraska.gov.

  • Describe the proposed project and how it will address your organization’s accessibility goals.
  • Include a budget estimate describing the expenses for your project.

Deadline: LOIs must be received at least 12 weeks before the proposed project start date.