WHO/WHAT ARE THESE GRANTS FOR?

Any self-defining artist with an active studio practice who has lived in the Omaha Metro area (Washington, Douglas, Sarpy, and Saunders counties in Nebraska, and Pottawattamie, Mills, and Harrison counties in Iowa) for at least one year, who is 21 years of age or older, and is not enrolled in a degree-seeking program is eligible to apply.

Artists from any field or medium are eligible to apply. This includes, but is not limited to, all forms of visual art, literary arts, music or sound (performance, production, composition), dance, theatre, or performance art. 

These grants, regardless of category, are designed to support innovative artists in the Omaha metro.

WHEN ARE THESE GRANTS AVAILABLE?

Calls for Applications will be quarterly. Artist Support Grants will open in January and be announced in March. Public Impact Grants will open in April and be announced in June. Artist INC (a program, not a grant) will open in July and begin/be announced in September. Work in Progress (a program, not a grant) and Generator Grants will open in October and be announced in December.

The Essentials Fund will be available all year-long with quarterly awards in March, June, September, and December.

WHY CAN’T I APPLY IF I’M GETTING MY DEGREE?

Amplify’s Artist Support Grants and Public Impact Grants are meant to support work being made outside of larger institutions, including educational institutions. These awards were designed to encourage self-generated and self-directed work that comes from an independent artistic practice.

CAN I APPLY FOR MORE THAN ONE GRANT OPPORTUNITY?

Please do! We highly encourage artists to apply for as many opportunities as they are eligible for. However, artists will only receive one award per round.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ARTIST SUPPORT GRANT AND A PUBLIC IMPACT GRANT?

Project grants are for those artists who have an idea for a public-facing project that can be fully funded and realized with the award. The Artist Support Grant is not tied to a specific project or initiative; it’s unrestricted money to enhance or improve your artistic practice and/or production.

WHAT DO I NEED TO APPLY?

You’ll need an artist statement, work samples, and depending on which grant you’re applying for, a budget, timeline, and / or written project proposal.   

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR IN APPLICATIONS? WHAT IS THE CRITERIA FOR SELECTION? 

We're looking for applications from active, innovative, and driven artists in the Omaha metro area. We allow artists to self-define and set no parameters on discipline, quality, etc. Each grant cycle, we assemble a jury of local artists, arts administrators, community leaders, and past grant recipients. They rank each application on 5 different areas:

  • Existing artistic work

  • Innovation & Strength

  • Impact

  • Quality of Application, and

  • Overall Impression

IF I DON’T GET A GRANT, WILL OCI PROVIDE FEEDBACK ON MY APPLICATION?

Of course! Be sure to email peter@omahacreativeinstitute.org following the grant process.

IF I DON’T GET A GRANT, CAN I APPLY AGAIN?

Definitely. Each jury is comprised of different artists, writers, musicians, arts professionals, and community leaders. If you are not accepted one round, you are encouraged to reapply during each grant cycle.

ARTIST SUPPORT GRANTS

WHAT IS AN UNRESTRICTED GRANT?

Great question! An unrestricted grant is money without any limitations or terms attached. It means you can use it for anything that will enhance or improve your artistic practice and/or production.. Want to hire a studio assistant? Go for it. Need new equipment? Cool. Pay off some debt? Great. Want to travel and do some research? Awesome. These funds are meant to help you make the work you would like to make.

DO I NEED TO DO ANY REPORTING?

We will ask for a short written evaluation at the end of the grant period from unrestricted artist grant recipients. We do not ask for a budget or detailed financial report.

IF I’M A RECIPIENT, WHAT WILL BE EXPECTED OF ME?

The purpose of this grant it to put some money in your pocket, and to leverage Amplify’s platform to give you more exposure and attention. We’ll want to create some content to use on our social media and newsletter, so we may ask for some pictures of what you’re working on, or to record a short video.

Grant recipients participate in two events that are free and open to the public. A public program that investigates process, led or organized by the grant recipient, provides context and an opportunity to better understand their individual creative practice. Grant recipients also share their work in a curated group exhibition, alongside fellow awardees, at the end of the year.  

WHEN DO I HAVE TO SPEND ALL THE MONEY BY?

The end of the grant cycle, December 31st.

PUBLIC IMPACT GRANTS

WHAT IS A PUBLIC IMPACT GRANT?

Amplify’s Public Impact Grants are for public-facing projects that specifically address systemic issues. These are $10,000 awards and awardees have one year to complete their project.

WHAT KIND OF PROJECTS ARE ELIGIBLE?

We’re interested in projects that propose alternatives or solutions to systemic or chronic concerns that affect the applicant’s immediate community. While not a requirement, we are most interested in projects that can be fully funded by the $10,000.

WHAT KIND OF PROJECTS ARE INELIGIBLE?

Projects that cannot be brought to some degree of completion within a year’s time are not eligible. Any project in which the applying artist does not get paid, or where any artist involved is not paid, will be ineligible. Artists must be paid.

DO I NEED TO DO ANY REPORTING?

For Public Impact Grants, yes. While it’s not binding, you will need to submit a preliminary budget with your application so we have a sense of how you will spend the $10,000. At the completion of the grant cycle, you will need to submit a final report, documenting how you spent all funds.

IF I’M A RECIPIENT, WHAT WILL BE EXPECTED OF ME?

Public Impact Grant recipients will be expected to execute their project. Amplify staff will be on hand to help however we can, but it is the responsibility of the artist to oversee all aspects of the project.

Amplify will provide support and a larger platform for exposure and attention. We may ask project grant recipients to provide pictures or to film a short video to share on social media or our newsletter.

WHEN DO I HAVE TO SPEND ALL THE MONEY BY?

All dollars must be spent one year after the grant has been awarded. A final report will be due at the end of the grant term.

GENERATOR GRANTS

I HAVE AN IDEA FOR A SOLO SHOW. CAN I APPLY FOR A GENERATOR GRANT?

Artists, curators, and organizers working in all disciplines are encouraged to apply, but solo projects are rarely funded by Generator Grants. These awards are for curated group shows, collaborative performances, experimental, or site-specific work.

HOW MUCH IS AWARDED FOR EACH GENERATOR GRANT?

Most projects will receive funding in the $1,000-$1,500 range. Amplify is a W.A.G.E. certified organization and our programs adhere to W.A.G.E. guidelines. Click here to learn more about W.A.G.E. guidelines.

WHAT SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE IF I GET A GENERATOR GRANT?

Amplify provides marketing and promotional support, organizational and curatorial assistance, access to a wide network of artists, discounted printing, and space. We’ve partnered with Public Access (1804 Vinton Street, Omaha, NE 68108), a 400 square-foot “white box” space located in the heart of one of Omaha’s burgeoning gallery districts, to mount Generator Grant exhibitions and performances.

CAN I PROPOSE A PROJECT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ANOTHER ORGANIZATION?

No. These grants are designated for individual artists, collaborative duos, artist collectives, curators, curatorial collaboratives, and organizers to create work outside of an institutional context. Generator Grant proposals that include the involvement of organizations, institutions, or their programs will not be considered.

ESSENTIALS FUND

WHAT MAKES UP THE ESSENTIALS FUND?

Essentials funds are made up of two separate categories - Emergency Grants and Micro Grants.

Emergency Grants are intended for unplanned and unforeseen incidents that prevent any artist from continuing their current practice. They are intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified artists whose needs are the results of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to resolve the situation. Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency.

Micro Grants are one-time grants for capacity-building support items like supplies, business cards, and professional development (excluding Amplify Arts Programs).

WHEN ARE THESE GRANTS AVAILABLE?

Applications will be reviewed and awarded quarterly (March, June, September, December).

HOW MUCH ARE THESE GRANTS?

Emergency Grants will average $1,000 and Micro Grants will average $250. Amplify’s Essentials Fund totals $10,000 for the entire year.

More questions? Email peter@amplifyarts.org