Nebraska Revised Statute 82-335

Chapter 82


Competitive grant program; eligibility for grant; priority; purpose; amount.

(1) The Nebraska Arts Council shall establish a competitive grant program to award grants to cities of the first class as provided in this section. The grants shall be awarded from funds transferred to the Support the Arts Cash Fund pursuant to subdivision (9)(a) of section 13-3108.

(2) A city of the first class is eligible for a grant under this section if:

(a) The city has a creative district within its boundaries that has a ten-year plan for integration of the arts intended to catalyze economic and workforce development initiatives in such city; and

(b) The city is not receiving state assistance under the Sports Arena Facility Financing Assistance Act.

(3) Priority in grant funding shall go to any city of the first class described in subsection (2) of this section whose project includes the partnership of a city convention and visitors bureau or county convention and visitors bureau.

(4) Grants under this section may fund capital assets, video projection mapping, and intangible video or audio artistic expression presentations. Grants shall not fund ongoing operational and personnel expenses of a political subdivision or nonprofit corporation, live performances, promotional or marketing efforts of the creative district, legal expenses, lobbying expenses, planning expenses, architectural expenses, or engineering expenses.

(5) Any assets acquired using grant funds shall be owned by the city of the first class receiving such grant.

(6) Any grant awarded under this section must be at least equal to one million five hundred thousand dollars.

(7) For purposes of this section, creative district means a creative district established pursuant to subdivision (5) of section 82-312.