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Micro Grants

The goal of Micro Grants is to provide need-based financial support to assist artists and community organizations in Nebraska. This is an invitational grant program, designed to provide non-matching funds for artists and first-time applicants to NAC. Applications under consideration will align with one of two tracks:

  •  Artist Development -- Improving an artist’s virtual, marketing, business, or creative practices through equipment purchases, professional development opportunities, and/or training.
  •  Arts Project -- Community arts projects led by artists or community-based organizations for the benefit of the public. Examples of supported projects might include artist website improvements or equipment purchases, mural projects, virtual artist panels, music performances, etc.

Important: Arts Projects must be arts-related and benefit public audiences.

Eligibility: Artists in any discipline residing in Nebraska. Non-profit organizations incorporated in Nebraska or established non-incorporated organizations* with Nebraska addresses, who are first-time applicants and have an annual budget below $30,000.00 may apply.

  • Current and former NAC grantees are not eligible.
  • Artists who currently or formerly received NAC grants or awards are eligible to apply.

*Includes, but is not limited to, neighborhood associations, community groups, art co-ops, or ensembles.

Letters of Interest:

Artists and organizations who fit the eligibility requirements are encouraged to send a one-page Letter of Interest (LOI) to nac.grants@nebraska.gov.

The letter must include the following:

  1. .Artist Statement or Organizational Mission Statement. If the organization does not have a formal mission statement, please state the purpose of the organization.
  2. Description of how the funds will be used:

    Artist Development -- A description of how you will use the funds to further your creative and/or professional presence and how your past work may have been impeded due to a lack of funding. Include a brief summary of your artistic credentials.

    Arts Projects -- A description of how you will use the funds and the project’s artistic and community impact. Include a brief summary of how past arts projects may have been impeded due to a lack of funding.

  3. Budget Attestation (organizations only): Organizations must include a statement confirming that the organization’s annual budget is $30,000 or less.
  4. Amount Requested (up to $500). Note: For equipment purchases, please list items to be purchased.

Important Notes:

  • LOIs will be reviewed in the order received, while funds are available.
  • Letters of Interest will be accepted beginning on September 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021 or until funds run out.
  •  Applicants may submit up to one application per fiscal year.

Grant Amounts: $500 maximum. This is a non-matching grant to be disbursed prior to the project start date or purchase of equipment. An applicant may submit one application per year.

Deadline: The Letter of Interest (LOI) must be received no less than six weeks prior to the start of the project or purchase of equipment. Applications must be submitted no later than four weeks prior to the project start date or purchase of equipment. Any application interviews must be completed no later than four weeks prior to the project start date or date of equipment purchase.

Contact: Stephanie Plummer // 402.595.3937

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