Nebraska Touring Program Sponsor Grant Guidelines

Program Description  

NTP Sponsor Grants help sponsor organizations provide arts engagement for Nebraskans by funding performances or exhibits selected from the NAC Artist Roster (available on the NAC website). Events may take place virtually, outdoors, or indoors provided the sponsor assures that they will adhere to COVID safety procedures, as determined by local health officials.  

Presenting organizations that hold performances within a school setting are required to attest that their school-based performances follow the host school’s health guidelines as described below. 


Nonprofit organizations incorporated in Nebraska that are federally tax-exempt, public agencies and sub-divisions of governmental agencies, including PreK-12 accredited schools.  

Because this is a touring program, sponsors may not select artists or exhibits based in the sponsor’s city or within a 30-mile radius. 

How to Apply  

Your organization must first be registered in NAC’s online grant system. For assistance in creating an account in the NAC grants system, please email or call 402-595-2124. 


Grant applications are due six weeks before the event and are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Review Criteria  

The artist fee listed in the NTP Budget form must agree with the artist fee found in the submitted artist contract.  

The artist or exhibit must be selected from the NAC Artist Roster (available on NAC’s website). 

Narrative Questions  

Describe your project, including when and where it will take place, how you will promote it, and who makes up your target audience. If virtual, describe the method audiences will use to engage with your project.  

Explain the impact of this event on your target audience and how you will measure the success of the event. 

Grant Amounts  

NAC will fund up to 45%, not to exceed $2000, of the contracted artist fee per contract, per application. NAC issues grant payments to the sponsoring organization, not to the artist. The applicant is responsible for paying the full artist fee as outlined in the contract. 


In the budget, you will be able to enter up to three artists/exhibits in one application. Note: Total cost for each artist/exhibit should equal the amount on the Artist’s contract. NAC can fund up to 45%, not to exceed $2000, of the contracted artist fee per contract, per application. 


Your organization will be required to attest that its programming and events adhere to local community or county health guidelines, or other public agency health guidelines until such time as the pandemic risk is deemed passed.  

Your organization will be required to attest that its school-based and student-focused programming and events adhere to the health guidelines of the host school and/or school district until such time as the pandemic risk is deemed passed. 

Required Materials  

These materials will be uploaded in the grant system.  

Artist(s) Contract(s):  

Upload the artist’s signed contract to the grant system. Make sure each contract is signed by both you and the artist BEFORE you upload. Every contract needs both your signature and the artist’s signature. Keep originals for your files.  

If an artist cannot physically sign the contract in time for you to submit the application, have them send you an email from their own email address saying that they agree to the terms of the contract. Save the artist’s email as a .pdf and upload it into the grant system along with a copy of the contract signed by your organization. 

Audit: (if applicable) 

If the organization requests $50,000 or more from NAC for the current year in one application or any combination of applications, include the organization’s most recently completed and reviewed financial statements. These could include an audit, an audited financial statement or financials reviewed by an outside financial expert. Please contact us with questions.