Amplify Arts promotes unity, innovation, and progress in the arts to build strong and vibrant communities. Our Grants Program is designed to give artists a platform to experiment, create new work, develop new audiences, and exhibit outside the confines of larger institutional systems. By recognizing and awarding financial support to exceptional artists in the region, Amplify Arts seeks to amplify artists’ voices, advance their careers, and diversify Omaha’s cultural landscape, enhancing the city’s profile as a place where artists can live, work, and access meaningful support.
Our Public Impact Grant is a $10,000 award granted by an external jury of artists and arts professionals to an individual artist or organizer, collaborative duo, or collective working to realize an ambitious, well-researched, and community-centered project. Strong proposals will identify a systemic issue or issues that directly impact the community or communities with which the artist or organizer closely identifies. Proposals will also articulate a response to those concerns with a project that has potential to affect positive change through design thinking, collaboration, and expanded art practices. Systemic issues that impact a community might include social inequity, climate change, income inequality, etc. More localized concerns that result might include lack of access to education, food deserts, and failing infrastructure. While we acknowledge that resolving the root causes of systemic issues and cultivating meaningful and lasting change can take years, proposals that outline benchmarks of measurable success, which can be achieved within the grant period of one year and with the allotted budget of $10,000, will be favored.
Artists and organizers working in all disciplines are encouraged to apply. We seek to be expansive and inclusive in our definition of “community,” by extending it to encompass geographic areas, shared identities, social groups working toward a common goal, etc. Artists and organizers must demonstrate a thorough commitment to their community and an understanding of potential hurdles that may present challenges from both within and outside of that community. Successful proposals will also identify neighborhood associations, community boards, municipal bodies, businesses, individual partners, and other stakeholders or entities as potential collaborators; effective proposals will also establish a project timeline and budget. Selected artists and organizers will receive financial support and special recognition through marketing announcements on social media, Amplify’s website, and in email newsletters. They will also be required to account for all expenses in a final report due at the end of the grant period.
Any artist, organizer, collaborative duo, or collective maintaining a residence within the Omaha Metro Area including Washington, Douglas, Sarpy, and Saunders counties in Nebraska, and Pottawattamie, Mills, and Harrison counties in Iowa is eligible to apply. Applicants must be at least 21 years-old. An undergraduate or graduate degree is not required to apply for this grant. Organizations with 501(c)3 non-profit status are not eligible for this award.
Amplify Arts' Public Impact Grant is open to artists and organizers of all disciplines regardless of race, national origin, religious background, differing abilities, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Artists who have received past support from Amplify Arts in the form of an Artist Support Grant or Public Impact Grant must wait one year after their grant term has ended to reapply. This does not include Micro, Emergency, or Generator Grant recipients or Artists who have participated in Artist INC, Working Artist Wednesdays, Work in Progress, or other Amplify Arts programs.
For collaborative groups:
Artist collectives, collaborative groups, and duos are eligible if
- All members of the group meet the eligibility requirements outlined above.
- The primary creative output of each member of the group is generated within the group, not by an individual.
- Members of the group are committed to working on a deeply collaborative level to advance the goals of the group, rather than those of the individuals within the group.
- The group is not incorporated into a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Collaborative groups should submit a group resume and discuss the nature and duration of the collaboration in the artist statement.
Criteria for Selection
- Strength of Artist Statement or Statement of Purpose
- Strength and feasibility of the proposed project, timeline and project budget
- Strength of existing or past work
- Demonstrated commitment to working collaboratively at the community level
- Artist Statement or Statement of Purpose
- Project Proposal
- Project Timeline
- Project Budget
- Letter(s) of Support
- Work Sample
- Works Cited Page
- CV or Resume
Please note: All applicants are strongly encouraged to meet with Amplify Arts staff to review their application before submitting. Please contact Peter Fankhauser (email@example.com) to schedule a review session.
A panel of local arts professionals and community members will review the applications and select the award winner by June 10, 2019.
If selected, artists must complete a contract with Amplify Arts and attend periodic meetings with Amplify staff to assess benchmarks and evaluate progress. Artists will receive the full grant amount upon selection and are required to account for all funds spent by July 31, 2020, in a final report. Artists must provide, at the time of contract execution, a W-9 and completed and signed contract document.