Nevada Arts Council to Award $400,000 in Emergency Grants; Applications Taken June 1-15

Nevada Arts Council to Award $400,000 in Emergency Grants; Applications Taken June 1-15
Fellows: Laura Wetherington, George Perreault, Cameron Crain, Cindie Geddes & Steve Gehrke, Sierra Arts, Reno, NV

Furthering its mission to support the nonprofit arts industry, the Nevada Arts Council (NAC) will award nearly $400,000 in emergency relief grants funded by the CARES Act through the National Endowment for the Arts.

These noncompetitive, nonmatching grants will be awarded in amounts from $1,000 to $10,000 based on need and in the order they’re received. The application window opens June 1 and closes June 15.

“The Nevada Arts Council is honored to be able to provide operational relief support to Nevada’s nonprofit arts organizations through these CARES Act funds. As of May 20, 96% of these organizations have had to cancel events, they have experienced a loss in attendance of 528,582 patrons and have seen a total financial loss of -$3,157,140,” Nevada Arts Council Executive Director Tony Manfredi said. “These funds come at a time when these organizations need it most and will allow the creativity, innovation, and inspiration of the arts community to continue to uplift us while contributing to the economic stability of our state.”

At a May 1, 2020, board meeting, the Nevada Arts Council Board approved $291,000 to be granted to the agency’s 50 operational grant recipients, and $100,750 in first-come, first-served funding for other arts and cultural organizations not already NAC grant recipients.

CARES Act grants must be used for salary support, artists’ fees or contractual personnel, or facilities costs such as rent and utilities and may not be used for capital improvements, debt reduction, or re-granting. Full eligibility guidelines and instructions on how to apply can be found here.

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