NAC: Presenting Nebraska’s State Poet Grants

Nebraska Arts Council

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Poetry

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Nebraska

Location of residency: Nebraska


NOTE: This grant is closed for the remainder of FY23 which ends June 30, 2024. Nebraska Arts Council anticipates opening the FY24 grants in late April for projects starting July 1, 2024. Please check back then.

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

Our Mission: The mission of the Nebraska Arts Council is to promote, cultivate and sustain the arts for the people of Nebraska. In doing so, the Nebraska Arts Council provides grants and services to artists, organizations and communities that:

  • Build creative and proactive leadership in the arts
  • Forge partnerships that create and expand opportunities for the arts
  • Cultivate new resources needed to sustain the arts in Nebraska
  • Establish the arts as basic to education and lifelong learning
  • Use the arts as a catalyst for understanding among cultures
  • Advocate for increased awareness and access to the arts

Presenting Nebraska’s State Poet grants provide financial assistance for Nebraska nonprofit organizations and accredited public or private schools hosting virtual or outdoor events featuring the current Nebraska State Poet Matt Mason.

The Presenting Organization, in discussion with the State Poet, should determine the most ideal method for making the event virtually accessible. 

The presenting organization is responsible for $50 dollars of the total State Poet’s fee, per contract, per application. The base fee for State Poet readings is $125.00. If workshops are also scheduled, each workshop is $65.00. NAC issues grant payments to the sponsoring organization, not to the artist. Applicants can enter the number of workshops planned, which will automatically determine the total fee and NAC request amount. The State Poet Budget-Contract functions as a contract between the State Poet and the Presenting Organization and should be signed by both parties before uploading to the grant 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. Presenting organizations that hold performances within a school setting are required to attest that their school-based performances are in compliance with the host school’s health guidelines.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Nonprofit organizations incorporated in Nebraska that are federally tax-exempt, public agencies and sub-divisions of governmental agencies, including PreK-12 accredited schools.
  • College and university applications may be funded only when participation by the public is sought in significant numbers.
  • Colleges and universities may apply only when significant public participation is planned, with substantial evidence of service beyond the campus community.
  • Each organization is limited to one application per fiscal year.

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This page was last reviewed May 08, 2024 and last updated May 08, 2024