FY25 Project grant for organizations Guidelines

APPLICATIONS OPEN: December 1, 2023
GRANT AMOUNT: Up to $7,000 (1:1 cash or in-kind match)
ELIGIBILITY SNAPSHOT: Public institutions & NV incorporated 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.
GRANT PERIOD: July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025
STAFF CONTACT: Michelle Patrick, Community Arts Development Specialist


The Fiscal Year 2025 (FY25) Project Grant for Organizations (PGO) supports the arts and cultural activities of organizations and public institutions. Funds may be used to support the execution of one arts and culture project or a series of related activities. Examples of eligible projects include art exhibitions, performances, readings, and festivals. Some components of the project (including planning) may occur outside of the grant period of July 1, 2024-June 30, 2025; however, the portion(s) of the project being paid for with PGO funds must occur completely within the grant period. To stay in compliance and be eligible for future Nevada Arts Council grants, grantees must complete the Final Report online within 45 days of project completion or by June 30, 2025, whichever is first. 


IMPORTANT: All applying organizations and public institutions must have an actively registered Unique Entity ID (UEI) from SAM.gov in alignment with requirements from the National Endowment for the Arts. Click HERE for more information.


  • Must be based in Nevada* (as shown by the address on the organization’s IRS 990 form)
  • Must have federal tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Must have active incorporation status with the Nevada Secretary of State 
  • Must not be a current Operating Support Grantee

*Organizations located in states that border Nevada may apply if the majority of the project (at least 75%) serves Nevada communities, and all awarded funds are used to support Nevada communities

PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS (including federally recognized tribes, state or local government, schools, public libraries, and institutions of higher education):

  • Must be based in Nevada
  • Agencies that exist within the same governmental entity are eligible to apply independently when they have different/distinct mission statements and their own separate advisory boards. Multiple departments/facilities within one agency may not apply independently
  • Colleges/universities are limited to no more than one grant to the same academic department per fiscal year
  • Individual schools and libraries within the same district/system may apply independently as long as they have their own budget and facility

GRANT AMOUNT: Up to $7,000 (1:1 cash and/or in-kind match required)

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. Funds must be used for relevant project expenses including but not limited to artist fees, contractor fees, materials, marketing, facility costs, and production expenses. In addition to the General Funding Restrictions in the current GRANT POLICIES, PGO funds may NOT be used for:

  • Classes, workshops, and other arts learning activities (applications for classes/workshops must be submitted to the Arts Learning Project Grant) 
  • General operating support, including staff salaries (applications for operating support must be submitted to the Operating Support Grant)
  • Purchase of permanent equipment 
  • No fundraising


A review panel will adjudicate eligible applications using the criteria below and make funding recommendations to the Nevada Arts Council Board. Grant awards may vary from requested amounts based on panel scores and available funding. For more information, please see the Grant Review Process in the current GRANT POLICIES.

  1. Project Planning and Management (30 points)
    • Project is well planned with a realistic timeline
    • Demonstrates clear and achievable goals, objectives, and outcomes
    • Involves qualified personnel to plan and manage project
    • Budget reflects realistic costs and appropriate financial resources to support the project
  2. Community Impact/Artistic Merit (40 points)
    • Clearly identifies and defines the target audience
    • Demonstrates plan to reach and communicate information to the target audience
    • Demonstrates broad or significant impact for the defined community 
    • Identifies and describes methods to evaluate success, impact, and outcomes
    • Project aligns with and supports the organization’s mission and goals
    • Demonstrates an authentic and collaborative commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility 
  1. Artistic Excellence (30 points)
    • Utilizes an effective process to select artists, arts professionals, groups, and/or other elements of artistic production or presentation
    • Demonstrates commitment to artistic excellence as evidenced through the artists, arts professionals, and/or groups associated with the project


  1. Review the current GRANT POLICIES for additional information about the requirements associated with Nevada Arts Council Grants
  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.