FY21 NAC Grants Suspended
The Nevada Arts Council maintains our steadfast commitment to support the arts sector during this time. On May 11, 2020, Governor Steve Sisolak declared a state of fiscal emergency, and the Nevada State Legislature convened a special legislative session on July 8, 2020 to address the revenue shortfall for Fiscal Year 2021 (July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021). The Nevada Arts Council incurred significant budget reductions from both the State General Fund appropriation and the revenue allocated from the Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs. To date, the council’s funding has been reduced by $660,797.
Due to these reductions, our available grant funding for FY21 has been significantly reduced, and we are unable to award our FY21 grant applications at the appropriate level they deserve. Therefore, the Nevada Arts Council has made the difficult decision to suspend our previously announced FY21 grant programs and withdraw all submitted applications. This decision includes the following grants:
- FY21 Artist Fellowship Grant
- FY21 Folk Arts Fellowship Grant
- FY21 Project Grant for Organizations
- FY21 Arts Learning Project Grant
- FY21 Project Grant for Artists (Cycle A and B)
The Nevada Arts Council will move forward with funding our current 2-year grantees for the Operating Support Grant, Community Impact Grant, and Fellowship Project Grant. These 2-year grants were awarded in Fiscal Year 2020 by the Nevada Arts Council Board, and the agency is obligated to honor the previous financial commitment to these grantees.
After funding for the grants listed above has been distributed, we anticipate a limited amount of grant dollars will remain for FY21. Nevada Arts Council staff and board are currently working to create responsive grant opportunities for FY21 that will address the most pressing needs of our constituents. Options being discussed include individual artist relief grants and additional operational support grants for organizations. We anticipate announcing these grant programs this fall.
We know this is disappointing news for our grant applicants during an extremely difficult time. We are working diligently to find the best ways to support you and the arts in our state this year. Please refer to our website and social media accounts for all official updates and announcements.