Omaha creative artist Grant

OCI is thrilled to offer another $5,000 Artist Grant! We seek applications for exciting, accessible, and innovative public art projects. Artists will receive $5,000, administrative support from OCI, and one year to complete the proposed project. 

Eligibility: Any artist or collaboration of artists maintaining a residence within 100 miles of Omaha.  All artistic media are welcome, but there must be an element of the project that is open to the public, can be viewed by the public, or is accessible to the public.

Deadlines: Applications open from Friday, March 17th at 9am through Friday, April 14th at 5pm.

A panel of local arts professionals and community members will review the applications and select the award winner by mid-May 2017.

If selected, artists must complete a contract with OCI. Artists will receive half of the grant upon selection and are required to account for all funds spent by April 15, 2018, in a final report. Artists must provide at the time of contract execution a W9 and completed and signed contract document.

Please download the budget worksheet linked above, it is compatible with Excel and Google Sheets. You will need to upload it on your application. If you are unable to download the worksheet, there is a text box option on the application.


Samples of your current work

  • VISUAL ARTISTS: 2-4 images

  • MUSICIANS: Please provide 2 audio examples of your work.

  • PERFORMING ARTS-VIDEO: Please provide 2 video examples of your work. Video can be uploaded or linked to in the corresponding text box. (3GP, WMV, MOV, MP4; min. 640x480 resolution: 100 MB max)

  • WRITERS: Please upload 2-3 writing samples.

ArtistStatement & Project Proposal
Provide a brief artist statement related to the work samples provided. In addition, concretely describe what you plan to create using this grant and how the work will be accessible to the public. 

Provide a budget, even if preliminary, for this project that accounts for how you will use the entirety of this $5000 grant. Please include all that apply:    

  • Material costs
  • Payment for your time
  • Installation
  • Event space rental
  • Hired help
  • Travel
  • Promotional materials

Artist Photo
Provide a headshot to be used for publicity purposes only if selected.  (JPEG file is preferred) 

If you have any questions, please contact