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Grants to Nevada Nonprofits, Agencies, and Educational Institutions
for One-Time Arts and Cultural Events in the City of Reno

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City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission (RACC)

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Deadline Date:

02/14/20 5:00 PM PST Receipt


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Grants of up to $7,000 to Nevada nonprofit organizations, public institutions, and qualified educational institutions to hold one-time arts and cultural events in the City of Reno. Applicants must attend a grant workshop prior to applying. Funding is intended to support special performances, community festivals, exhibitions, workshops, concerts, and other events.

The City of Reno Arts and Culture Events are one-time events that may be anywhere within the Reno city limits. They must be free and open to the general public. Events should be designed to attract the maximum number of people, as appropriate for the event and site. 

One-time events include weekend festivals or events that take place over the course of one week. Recurring events over a longer period do not qualify as a one-time event. 

A competitive application will demonstrate social impact beyond a traditional audience experience as well as a plan to reach diverse and underserved populations in the following ways:

  •  Engages participants through a variety of means
  •  Project times, locations, facilities, and technology are accessible to the public
  •  Understands the community it serves (geographic, cultural, economic, racial, educational relevance)
  •  Utilizes partnerships to effectively serve specific communities
  •  Collects participant feedback and uses the results to improve community-focused programming
  •  Demonstrates social, educational, cultural and/or economic relevance for the community

Allowable event costs include personnel, artistic and production fees, space rental, travel, marketing and advertising, other operating expenses.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182555

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicant can receive up to $7,000 of eligible event costs.

Term of Contract:

Project and Event Grants programming must take place from July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations* or public institutions under chapter 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code or qualified educational institutions may apply.

*Grants are awarded to both arts and culture and non-arts nonprofit organizations.

Locations for eligibility require that the project take place in the City of Reno.

Grants will not be awarded to individuals.

Event Grants may not be used for the following: Capital improvements or acquisition of equipment or property, projects that further the aims of religious organizations, fundraising, prizes, projects that involve touring outside of Reno, scholarships or research stipends, negotiated indirect cost rates, or for any portion of salaries or space rentals funded by a public agency such as a governmental entity or public university or community college.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Anyone applying for a grant must attend a mandatory grant workshop. Grants workshops will be held at McKinley Arts & Culture Center boardroom. Please make sure you or someone from your organization who will be involved in the grant writing and management are able to attend one of these sessions. There will be no alternative sessions. Dates for workshops are as follows:

- Thursday, November 21st at 10:00 am
- Tuesday, December 3rd at 4:00 pm
-Wednesday, December 18th at 11:00 am
- Monday, January 13th at 9:00 am

Venue: McKinley Arts & Culture Center, 925 Riverside Drive, Reno, NV 89503.

In addition, applicants may request an appointment with staff to review the application prior to submission during the period of February 3-7, 2020.

Pre-Application Information:

- Application Period Opens: Nov 18, 2019, 12:00 AM (PST)
- Application Deadline: Feb 14, 2020, 05:00 PM (PST) - Applications must be received by this time.

Anyone applying for a grant must attend a mandatory grant workshop. (Grants cannot be submitted or reviewed without attending.) See Pre-Proposal Conference above.

A 10% cash match is required.

Non-profit organizations or public institutions can only apply for one Event Grant.

For further information on the Reno Arts & Culture Commission Event Grants:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application portal:

For technical assistance, please contact the ACE Office 775.334.2055.

If you have questions about eligibility, completing the application, or for more information, please contact:

Alexis Hill
(775) 326-6697

Megan Berner
(775) 326-6333

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USA: Nevada: City of Reno

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