Micro Grants and Emergency Grants constitute Amplify Arts’ Essentials Fund. This fund was established specifically to increase access to professional tools and respond to unforeseen events that negatively impact an artist’s practice. The Essentials Fund totals $10,000 for the 2019 calendar year. 

Micro Grants will average $250 and are one-time grants for capacity-building support items like: 

  • supplies
  • equipment or software
  • research
  • professional development* 
  • marketing/promotional materials

Micro Grants are designed to fund the acquisition of new equipment or materials; support research, conferences and travel related to research; and help mitigate the cost of marketing and promotional materials directly related to an artist’s practice.  Micro Grants do not cover requests for rent or fixed expenses like phone bills, utilities or housing; or situations resulting from general indebtedness or lack of employment. 

*excluding Amplify Arts membership and programs

Applicants should be aware that this is a grant program, and that each application is considered on its merits within the criteria of the program. While we aim to assist to as many applicants as we can, submitting an application is not a guarantee of funding.


Any artist, collaborative duo, or artist collective who has maintained a residence within the Omaha Metro Area including Washington, Douglas, Cass, Sarpy, and Saunders counties in Nebraska, and Pottawattamie, Mills, and Harrison counties in Iowa for at least one year is eligible to apply. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Projects that are connected to or in partnership with other institutions will not be considered. These grants are designated for individual artists, collaborative duos, and artist collectives for work outside of an institutional context.


Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and reviewed by a panel of jurors quarterly (i.e. end of March, June, September, and December). If you meet the eligibility criteria (outlined above) you may apply at any time throughout the year, there are no deadlines or application periods. Plan ahead and be aware of the review schedule stated above. The next review will take place after March 31, 2019 (from April 1-5, 2019) and applicants will be notified soon after.


We assure you that the use of personal information provided in this application will be limited to the internal purposes of Amplify Arts. Information provided will only be shared with senior leadership and the board of directors for the sole purpose of determining eligibility and need.


If your application is funded, Micro Grant recipients will be asked to account for how funds are spent. This may be in the form of a bill, invoice, pictures, or other tangible reporting.

Funds Available

There is $10,000 available annually. Please only request what is necessary. Micro Grants will average $250.

Incomplete Applications

Incomplete applications or applications that fail to follow instructions (e.g. work sample labeling) will not be considered.