What We Fund

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and for the safety of the residents of Nebraska, the Nebraska Arts Council will only be funding projects that are held virtually or safely outdoors during fiscal year 2021 (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022). NAC will reevaluate this policy as the fiscal year continues and adjust as needed.

NAC funding priorities are listed below in no particular order. 

Our current grant categories have been changed and replaced with virtual program grants. Changes made to grant categories will remain throughout the pandemic, and will return once the NAC deems it safe to do so. 

What We Fund

  • Arts projects or programs of the highest artistic excellence and merit
  • Arts projects or programs that reflect creativity and innovation
  • Arts projects or programs that provide opportunities for artists and arts organizations
  • Arts projects or programs that support cultural and generational diversity
  • Arts projects or programs that foster access to the arts for underserved communities
  • Arts projects or programs that promote the arts through advocacy, collaboration and education
  • Costs of program accommodations for persons with disabilities
  • Fairs and festivals involving the arts and cultural activities

What We Don’t Fund

  • Artistic fees paid to students, student performers or student instructors
  • Arts projects that exclude the public
  • Capital improvements, new construction or restoration
  • College or university-sponsored projects that exclude the public
  • Events or projects that have already taken place
  • Food, beverages and mileage not related to out-of-town travel
  • General operating expenses for non-arts organizations
  • Permanent supplies and equipment
  • Political activities
  • Prizes, awards or scholarships
  • Projects already receiving NAC funding
  • Projects that are suitable for local support, such as mascots, memorials to a local individual or school productions
  • Projects that offer only academic credit for students
  • Reduction of existing deficits