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Douglas County CARES Arts, Culture and Entertainment Program

Support for Douglas County Arts, Culture, and Entertainment Organizations.

The closures and shut-downs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic have significantly impacted the arts, culture, and entertainment sector. This sector provides significant economic impact to the community, attracting out-of-town visitors who stay in hotels and providing performances or exhibitions that provide jobs and generate restaurant and parking revenues. This sector also hires local and national artists and performers who have been out of work since March.

In order to safely re-open Douglas County’s arts, culture, and entertainment facilities, additional funding will be required to ensure that these facilities mitigate the risk of transmission to audiences, artists, and facility personnel. Funding is also needed to market and promote the re-opening of these public facilities to include efforts to safely operate the facilities in the midst of this unprecedented pandemic.

$20 million in CARES Act funding is available, with $10 million allocated for arts, culture, and entertainment organizations in Douglas County.

The funding for this program comes from $166 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds awarded to Douglas County as part of the federal CARES Act. Douglas County has contracted with the Omaha Community Foundation to assist in developing and administering this grant program on behalf of the county, consistent with federal and state requirements.

  • The grant application will be available September 3, 2020 and must be submitted via the Omaha Community Foundation grant portal.
  • The Omaha Community Foundation will support organizations through the application process. Our staff is here to help with questions and in-depth technical assistance.
  • Application deadline: Wednesday, September 23, 2020. Awards will be announced via email in October, with checks distributed in October.

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Applicants must be 501(c)(3) charitable organizations located in Douglas County; and, consistent with the CARES Act, must demonstrate that they incurred or will incur necessary expenditures due to the COVID-19 public health emergency between March 1 and December 30, 2020. Further eligibility details are described below:

Eligible arts, culture and entertainment organizations are those Douglas County organizations that are open to the public and devote a significant portion of its programming and budget to arts, culture, and entertainment activities, events, exhibitions and performances.


Two training webinars have been scheduled to support your application process. We’ll cover everything you need to know and provide time for your questions.

REQUIRED to complete the grant application:
  • Obtain your registration and get your DUNS Number – the full SAM registration typically takes two weeks, but you should receive a DUNS Number (which is needed for the application) within two days.
  • Gather financial statements for your organization’s most recently completed fiscal year
  • Gather information about expenses related to COVID-19 from March 1 – August 31, 2020
  • Gather estimates for anticipated COVID-19 related expenses for September 1-December 30, 2020
  • Sign up for our E-Newsletter and follow us on social media to receive a notification when the application goes live, get training webinar links, and other details as they emerge.


Questions? We’re here to help.
Anne Meysenburg

Director of Community Investment
(402) 884-0450

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