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Arts Learning Project Grant

Nevada Arts Council (NAC)

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Predicted deadline: Jun 3, 2021

Grant amount: Up to US $5,000

Fields of work: Art Education Artist Residencies

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Government Entity, Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Education / Outreach

Location of project: Nevada

Location of residency: Nevada

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Nevada Arts Council (NAC)


To enrich the cultural life of the state through leadership that preserves, supports, strengthens, and makes excellence in the arts accessible to all Nevadans.


A Nevada in which the arts enrich the lives of all residents, enhance the livability of communities and contribute to the state’s economic revitalization.


  • Increase public access, participation and investment in Nevada’s arts and culture
  • Incorporate the arts as an essential element in the educational experience of all Nevadans
  • Strengthen the environment in which the work and contributions of our artists are valued and supported
  • Encourage and support a diversity of organizations that produce, present and promote excellence in the arts

Our Outcome

A culturally vibrant state – from the most isolated and small rural communities to the urban centers of Reno/Sparks and Las Vegas.

Arts Learning Project Grants

The Arts Learning Project (ALP) Grant from the Nevada Arts Council (NAC) is an annual project grant designed to support arts learning activities, teaching artist residencies, and teacher training for Pre-K through 12th grade. These arts learning activities provide a unique opportunity for students to work with practicing artists through workshops, classes, lectures, discussions, performances and community events. A demonstrated planning process, strong artistic/cultural instructional content, and clear outcomes are considered integral parts of a successful Arts Learning Project proposal. 

In a school setting, a residency program is meant to enrich and support ongoing arts education, not to supplant or substitute services more appropriately provided by educators trained in the arts or otherwise. Artists working under ALP Grants in school settings may never work with students without the supervision of a teacher. 

Whether designed for school or non-school environment, eligible activities must address one or more of the following areas of focus: 

  • Arts Education – The development of cognitive (knowledge), behavioral (skill) or affective (appreciation) learning in one or more arts disciplines, which include dance, drama, literary arts, music, visual arts, traditional and folk arts, video, film.
  • Arts Integration – The use of the arts to connect to other non-arts subjects (reading, math, science, social studies, etc.) resulting in dual learning objectives. 
  • Arts for Social Development – The use of the arts as tools to promote social development and/or cultural competency, for example programs that improve social outcomes for at-risk teens, promote health and healing, expose social justice issues; or explore tradition and culture to build cross-cultural understanding, dispel stereotypes, and celebrate differences. 

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


  • Required match: 1:1 match (at least 50% of match must be cash and up to 50% of the match can be in-kind contributions)
  • Applicant Eligibility:
    • Nevada 501(c)3 incorporated nonprofit organizations (arts and non-arts) and public institutions including federally recognized tribes, state or local government, schools, public libraries, and institutions of higher education. 
    • ALP Grants are open to all eligible nonprofit organizations that conduct Pre-K through 12th grade arts education programming regardless of whether arts education is their primary mission. 


  • ALP funds may not be used for: 
    • General operating support - funds must be used for relevant project expenses only including artist fees, production expenses, materials, marketing, planning, and evaluation
    • Purchase of permanent equipment
  • The following costs are non-allowable
    • Any portion of projects that duplicate costs in grants pending with, or received directly from, the National Endowment for the Arts
    • Any portion of the same project in multiple grant applications in which duplicate costs are projected during any fiscal year
    • Any portion of completed projects
    • Capital expenditures for land or general purpose equipment with a cost over $2,500
    • Cash prizes
    • Competition awards
    • Fees for filing for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status with the IRS
    • Fines, penalties, or debt collections costs
    • Travel outside Canada, Mexico, the United States, and its territories and possessions
    • Fundraising efforts or the money spent in order to raise additional funds (such as social events and benefits)
    • Hospitality or entertainment expenses (including food, beverages and gratuities for openings, receptions, parties or other hospitality functions)
    • Journalism, historical or academic documentary film, and electronic media arts that do NOT demonstrate significant artistic emphasis, consideration, and distinction
    • Legal fees or litigation costs
    • Lobbying expenses
    • Preparation for, or travel to, competitions (except for Poetry Out Loud participants)
    • Projects with implicit religious content that may be perceived as advancing a religious purpose
    • Publication subvention
    • Reduction of debt including interest expenses paid on loans, debts, or borrowed capital 
    • Renovation, remodeling, restoration, or new construction
    • Reserve funds
    • Salaries and overhead of government agencies, public institutions, and public and private schools, colleges, and universities
    • Student scholarships for academic credit or awards for student work

This page was last reviewed April 30, 2021 and last updated April 30, 2021