Artist grants

OCI’s Artist Grants program reiterates our mission to make Omaha a place where artists are able to live, work, and cultivate sustainable careers. Through awarding substantial funding to individual artists and public projects, grant money contributes to the dynamic growth of a community rich in disciplinary and cultural diversity. Awards activate public spaces in meaningful ways and become catalysts for change in the careers of individual artists at various stages of professional development.

What types of artist grants does oci offer?

Individual Artist Grants
OCI is committed to providing Omaha area artists with opportunities to cultivate sustainable and productive careers. Our Individual Artist Grants are designed to give artists the chance to experiment and 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, OCI seeks to empower artists, advance their careers, and diversify the landscape of Omaha’s arts and culture, enhancing the city’s profile as a place where artists can live and work.

Grant recipients will participate in at least two public events that will be free and open to the public. At least one public program that investigates practice and process will be led or organized by the artist, in addition to a culminating exhibition or performance of work created with support from the grant.  


Public Project Grants
OCI’s Public Project Grants are awarded after a submission review process to an individual artist, collaborative duo, or artist collective working toward realizing a large-scale, public facing project that might not be possible otherwise because of financial constraints.

OCI is looking for standalone projects that can be fully funded by this $5,000 grant opportunity and foster critical dialogue through creating a shift away from how public spaces traditionally operate. While traditional public art is certainly eligible, we define the parameters of “public work” as any project that significantly impacts how shared spaces function and how the public experiences those spaces.


Emergency Grants
OCI's Emergency Grants are intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified artists whose needs are the result 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. Damage incurred from natural disasters like fire or flood or emergency medical need are some examples.

Emergency Grants do not cover requests for rent or fixed expenses like phone bills, utilities, or housing; dental work or chronic illness; capital improvements, or projects of any kind; or situations resulting from general indebtedness or lack of employment. 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. Applications are accepted on a rolling deadline.

Check our Current Opportunities often for updates and more information about specific grant guidelines, eligibility, and application procedures.

Have a question? Check out our Artist Grant FAQs!

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