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 virtual projects this fiscal year (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021). NAC will reevaluate this policy in the spring of 2021, ahead of releasing grant applications for the next fiscal year. 

NAC funding priorities are listed below in no particular order. 

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