COVID-19 Resources

Nevada Arts Council Program and Grant Updates

Office Access and Staffing Patterns

Staff is currently operating in Work-from-Home-Status rotating time in both Carson City and Las Vegas offices as needed. Fiscal operations remain an essential function and program areas are continuing their work and service daily. Return to office scenarios are being formulated. Travel restrictions are in place until further notice

Program Activities

The Nevada Arts Council is closely monitoring COVID-19 and its effect on the arts community and our constituents. Some events have been cancelled or postponed and the agency will being making more decisions in the coming days and weeks. Following is a list of Nevada Arts Council produced events or activities with their current status.


Update as of July 1, 2020: The Nevada Arts Council’s CARES Act Grant is currently closed, and all CARES Act funds have been awarded.

As part of the $2 trillion federal CARES Act passed by Congress to provide economic relief to the nation during the coronavirus pandemic, $75 million was allocated to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to assist organizations operating within the arts and cultural sector. Of the $75 million allocated to the NEA, 40% is designated to be divided nationally among state arts agencies, like the Nevada Arts Council, for distribution in their respective states. The NAC has received $442,000 of these funds. On May 13, 2020 the Governor’s Finance Office and the Interim Finance Committee of the Nevada State Legislature approved the work program to bring in this additional funding to the Nevada Arts Council.

Approximately $49,750 will be utilized by the agency and the remaining $392,250 was allocated to be subgranted to many of the state’s non-profit arts organizations. In a May 1, 2020 meeting of the NAC Board, grant funding distribution was approved with $291,500 in relief funds ready to be amended to the fifty (50) operational grant recipients. The remaining $100,750 was allocated to be awarded to our other arts organizations who are not currently operational grant recipients. On May 18, The Nevada Arts Council informed all FY20 Operational Support Grantees of their CARES Act Grant Awards. On June 1 at 9:00 am, the Nevada Arts Council opened the remaining CARES Act Grants. As of July 1, 2020, all CARES Act funding was awarded.

The Nevada Arts Council has heard from many of you with concerns regarding the potential impact of COVID-19 on your arts programs, events and cultural facilities. Please continue to process and submit your Final Reports by the requested deadline. For those of you with concerns about current or pending grants due to activities that are cancelled or postponed, please contact us via e-mail at We are working to find the best solutions for each of you at this time. We will notify all grantees If we make any changes to policies and we will navigate this process together.

The Nevada Arts Council pushed back the submission due date and application opening date for its upcoming FY21 grants. Please review the list below for details. The agency is currently reviewing available funding for its Grants and Program Funding  for FY21 and based on available funding, will determine how best to move forward with program and grant activities for FY21.

More information on the grants listed above may be found here.

Stay Informed

We encourage you to stay up to date to help your organization prepare for a potential impact from COVID-19. Below are some resources:

Financial Assistance

Share How COVID-19 is Impacting You/Your Organization

The data from this survey will provide Nevada specific information to quantify the effect of the outbreak on operations through cancelled events, lost wages, and additional expenses and help us determine the impact COVID-19 is having on our arts and culture industry.