FY25 Folklife Community guidelines

APPLICATIONS OPEN: February 1, 2024
APPLICATION DEADLINE: At least 30 days before the proposed project (while funds remain available)
GRANT AMOUNT: Up to $3,000 (no match required)
ELIGIBILITY SNAPSHOT: NV Incorporated 501(c)(3) organizations with annual budgets of $30,000 or less
PERIOD OF SUPPORT: July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025
STAFF CONTACT: Brad McMullen, Folklife Specialist

HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS

The Fiscal Year 2025 (FY25) Folklife Community Grant (FLC) supports programs with folk artists and culture bearers presented by small community organizations. Eligible projects focus on the transmission or presentation of folk arts or traditions that are practiced, valued, and shared within culturally specific communities in Nevada. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to festivals, cultural events, concerts, and gatherings that bring traditional artists, cultural specialists, and communities together.

Projects must be complete before June 30, 2025. Grantees must complete the Final Report online within 45 days of project completion or by June 30, 2025, whichever is first. 

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must talk with Folklife Program staff before applying to ensure that their project is eligible in the category (folk and traditional arts), and must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be based in Nevada and (as shown by the address on the organization’s IRS 990 form)
  • Organization’s cash income for the most recent year must be less than $30,000. This grant supports small organizations serving cultural communities in Nevada
  • Must have federal tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or apply with a Fiscal Agent that has this status*
  • Must have active incorporation status with the Nevada Secretary of State showing evidence of good standing at the time of application
  • Must have or obtain Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN)

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.

*Fiscal agents may be accepted in this grant category. To use a fiscal agent, you must have prior approval from Folklife Staff. 

GRANT AMOUNT: Up to $3,000 (no match required)

Funds may be used for artist fees, space rental, travel, materials/supplies, or other relevant project expenses. For a full list of non-allowable expenses, see the Funding Restrictions in the current GRANT POLICIES.

Grant funds will be disbursed as an advance payment upon receipt of the signed terms and conditions. Documentation of the use of grant funds must be provided in the Final Report and must match the proposed expenses.

REVIEW PROCESS

Nevada Arts Council staff will review applications for completeness and adherence to program requirements. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements, demonstrate the artistic excellence of participating folk artists, and establish the artistic merit of the project as it relates to the cultural community represented. 

Applications that meet all requirements will be 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.

HOW TO APPLY

  1. Contact Folklife Specialist staff before applying to ensure that the project is eligible: bmcmullen@nevadaculture.org or 702-486-3739
  2. Review the current GRANT POLICIES for additional information about the requirements associated with Nevada Arts Council Grants
  3. Review the APPLICATION QUESTIONS AND SUPPORT MATERIAL
  4. Complete the application online* at: https://nevadaartscouncil.submittable.com/submit

Click HERE to access additional resources for Nevada Arts Council grant applicants including a guide to submitting applications online. Folklife and Grant specialists are available to coach applicants through the process and help to identify resources and solutions for challenges encountered in preparing the application.