Arts Learning Express guidelines

GRANT PERIOD

  • CYCLE A: July. 1–Dec. 31, 2024 (applications open 2/1/24)
  • CYCLE B: Jan. 1–June 30, 2025 (applications open 8/1/24)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: At least 30 days before the proposed activity (while funds are available) 
GRANT AMOUNT: Up to $1,500 (no match required)
ELIGIBILITY SNAPSHOT: NV incorporated non-profit organizations (arts and non-arts), public institutions, and NV residents who are on Nevada Arts Council Teaching Artists Roster 
STAFF CONTACT: Shereen Choudhury, Arts Learning Specialist

HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS

The Arts Learning Express Grant (ALX) from the Nevada Arts Council is designed to support a short-term teaching artist residency (20 hours maximum). This grant is open to community organizations/public institutions and individual teaching artists who are on the Nevada Arts Council Teaching Artist Roster. To offer flexibility and expedite funding, ALX grants will be awarded on a first come, first-served basis for each cycle. Grant funds are limited, so early submission is encouraged. 

ALX funds are divided into two six-month grant cycles:

CYCLE A: Activities July 1–December 31, 2024 

CYCLE B: Activities January 1–June 30, 2025

Eligible applicants can receive up to two ALX grants per fiscal year. The Final Report for the first grant must be submitted prior to receiving funds for the second grant. To stay in compliance and remain eligible for future Nevada Arts Council grants, grantees must submit the Final Report online within 45 days of project completion or by June 30, 2025, whichever is first. 

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS

  • The residency must be an active hands-on educational experience in the arts or traditional cultural practices
  • This grant is not intended to support concerts, assembly programs, or lectures. Supplementary activities such as readings, lecture-demonstrations and performances may accompany the educational activities but cannot be more than 20% of the residency 
  • Must not be a private lesson
  • The shape and schedule of the activity is up to the sponsor and the artist. A residency may occur over one to three days; or be of longer duration, such as two hours a week for six weeks, etc.
  • The residency must be planned collaboratively between the artist(s) and appropriate teacher(s) and/or community representative(s)
  • A teacher or adult representative of the sponsoring organization must be present at all times during the program and if the artist is working with a large group of Pre-K through 12th grade  students, the adult-student ratio will be appropriate to the activity

GRANT AMOUNT: Up to $1,500 to support artist fees (no match required)

In some cases, an artist may charge more than the grant will support. It is the sponsor’s responsibility to ensure that the artist receives full payment. Grant funds will be disbursed as an advance payment upon receipt of the signed terms and conditions. 

APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY: 

TEACHING ARTISTS

  • Only open to artists/groups on the Nevada Arts Council Teaching Artist Roster
  • Individual applicants must be at least 21 years old, a Nevada resident, a U.S. citizen or have legal permanent resident status, and must not be enrolled as a degree-seeking student 
  • Groups on the Nevada Arts Council Teaching Artist Roster may apply as an organization* if they have federal tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, have active incorporation status with the Nevada Secretary of State, and have an actively registered UEI number. Otherwise, an individual artist from the group may apply on their behalf.

HOSTING ORGANIZATIONS/PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS

  • Must be based in Nevada, have federal tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and have active incorporation status with the NV Secretary of State

IMPORTANT: All applying organizations and public institutions must have a Unique Entity ID (UEI) from SAM.gov in alignment with requirements from the National Endowment for the Arts. Please reference the help article Starting Entity Validation as a New Entity in SAM.gov for more information on this process.

An entity may receive either the FY25 Arts Learning Express grant OR the FY25 Arts Learning Project Grant, not both.

REVIEW PROCESS/CRITERIA: Nevada Arts Council staff will review applications for eligibility, completeness, and adherence to the project requirements below. Applications that meet all eligibility and project requirements are awarded in the order in which they are received while funds remain available. A record of the review process is maintained for all applications. Grants are contingent on available funding as approved by the Nevada Arts Council Board. Project must demonstrate artistic excellence and artistic merit which includes the following: 

  • Project is interactive
  • Includes clear objectives and achievable outcomes 
  • Demonstrates connection to Nevada Content Standards for the Fine Arts (PreK – 12 only)
  • Addresses one of the following: Arts Education, Arts Integration, Arts for Social Development
  • Skill level must be appropriate for target audience 
  • Includes clear plan to evaluate the residency
  • Involves qualified teaching artists/groups
  • Must provide a clear schedule including educational contact hours
  • Demonstrates an authentic and collaborative commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility 

HOW TO APPLY

  1. Review the current GRANT POLICIES for additional information about the requirements associated with Nevada Arts Council Grants
  2. Review the APPLICATION QUESTIONS AND SUPPORT MATERIAL
  3. Complete the application online at: https://nevadaartscouncil.submittable.com/submit

Click HERE for additional resources for applicants including a guide to submitting applications online.