Nevada Arts Council Response to COVID-19

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.

Office Status – Closed Until Further Notice

Due to the severity of COVID-19 escalating in Nevada, agencies within the Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, including the Nevada Arts Council, will remain closed until further notice. We will be reviewing and responding to questions during this time; however, our responses may be limited or delayed. We appreciate your patience.

Even with our office closings, please know that we are still here working to support our arts community during these challenging times. Please bookmark this page as we will be providing updates here as information changes.

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

CARES Act – Federal Arts Funding Update

  • This is a supplement to annual appropriations
    • $75 million for the National Endowment for the Arts
    • $75 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities
    • Congress accepted waived matching grant requirements and to waive the requirement for grants to be project-specific. All these new fast-track grants will be for general operating support with no match.
    • $75 million for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
    • $50 million for the Institute of Library and Museum Sciences
    • $25 million for the Kennedy Center
    • $7.5 million for the Smithsonian

    Community Development Block Grants, Small Business Administration, and Unemployment Insurance

    • $5 billion for Community Development Block Grants to cities and counties. Arts groups should work directly with their mayors and local economic development offices for grant support.
    • $350 billion for Small Business Administration (SBA) emergency loans of up to $10 million for small businesses—including nonprofits (with less than 500 employees), sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals (like individual artists)—to cover payroll costs, mortgage/rent costs, utilities, and other operations. These loans can be forgiven if used for those purposes. This new eligibility has been a key element of the CREATE Act we’ve been pursuing;
    • $10 billion for Emergency Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) for loans up to $10,000 for small businesses and nonprofits to be used for providing paid sick leave for employees, maintaining payroll, mortgage/rent payments, and other operating costs;
    • Expanded Unemployment Insurance (UI) that includes coverage for furloughed workers, freelancers, and “gig economy” workers. The bill also increases UI payments by $600/week for four months, in addition to what one claims under a state unemployment program.

    Charitable Giving Tax Deduction

    • An “above-the-line” or universal charitable giving incentive for contributions made in 2020 of up to $300. This provision will now allow all non-itemizer taxpayers (close to 90% of all taxpayers) to deduct charitable contributions from their tax return, an incentive previously unavailable to them. Additionally, the stimulus legislation lifts the existing cap on annual contributions for itemizers from 60 percent of adjusted gross income (AGI) to 100 percent of AGI for contributions made in 2020.

Nevada Arts Council Activities

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

  • Nevada Poetry Out Loud State Final
    Virtual Competition Streamed Live  – Tuesday May 26, 4:00 pm. Watch Live here
  • Basin to Range Exchange 
    April 21-22  – Postponed. New Dates To Be Determined.
  • Nevada Touring Initiative
    Home Means Nevada
    Virgin Valley Art Association
    Mesquite, NV – Closed until further notice
  • Nevada Touring Initiative 
    Still Here Now
    Humbolt County Library,
    Winnemucca, NV – Closed until further notice.

Nevada Arts Council Grants

We continue to hear 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.

FY21 Grants

We have also pushed back the submission due date and application opening date for some of our 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.

Competitive Grants

  • Project Grant for Organizations: New Due Date: April 24, 2020
  • Arts Learning Project Grant: New Due Date: May 1, 2020
  • Project Grant for Artists (Cycle A)New Due Date: May 8, 2020
  • Artist Fellowship Grant & Folk Arts Fellowship Grant:New Due Date: May 15, 2020

Noncompetitive Grants: Application open date TBD

  • Folklife Community Grant
    Supporting the work of folk artists & culture bearers in Nevada communities
  • Folklife Artist Grant
    Supporting the work of folk artists & culture bearers
  • Professional Development Grant (Cycle A: July 1-December 31, 2020)
    Promoting the continuing education of Nevada’s arts industry
  • Arts Learning Express Grant (Cycle A: July 1-December 31, 2020)
    Supporting short-term teaching artist residencies

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

Thank you all for the work you are doing under these difficult circumstances. By working together and supporting each other, we will get through this very difficult and uncertain time.

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