The Nebraska Sesquicentennial Grant Program will help cover the cost of special events, programs, and projects.
Nebraska 150 Celebration executive director Regan Anson hopes the funds help tell the story of the state and its people.
“Really, anything about Nebraska and Nebraskans, from prehistoric times to the present,” Anson tells Nebraska Radio Network. “We really are encouraging creativity and we’re anxious to see what kind of projects and programs are out there.”
The grant funding comes from the proceeds of the sesquicentennial license plate, which is available through 2022. So far, $18,800 in funding is available.
“Funds are limited, but the more plates we sell, the more funds that will be available,” Anson says.
Grant amounts range from $500 to $5,000 and must be used between September 1, 2016, and December 31, 2017.
Anson says annual parades, festivals, fairs, programs, and events in 2017 can apply to be recognized as Official Projects/Events of the Nebraska 150 Celebration. One-time special events or projects specifically organized for the Nebraska 150 Celebration also qualify.