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Please reach out to The Union team if you have an accessibility need or any questions about eligibility at populusfund@u-ca.org or by calling 402-933-3161. 


Populus Fund is a regranting initiative organized by The Union, through the generous support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in order to support innovative artist projects throughout Omaha–Lincoln metros. Populus Fund was founded to provide essential support for projects that expand our understanding of how art exists in the world, address community needs, and exemplify new ways of working in, for, and with the public.

Due to the ongoing financial impacts of COVID-19, many artists are in need of critical financial support. Populus Fund’s 2021 grants will be designated as unrestricted emergency funds to support vital needs such as medical bills, rent, debts, and food. The fund will award seventy-five $1000 grants using a weighted lottery system for a total of $75,000 awarded to artists by the end of 2021.  

Understanding the long-reaching effects of systemic racism and injustice, The Union will prioritize BIPOC applicants during this round of funding. It is our goal to give at least 55% of our awards to BIPOC artists. 

If you applied for a 2020 Populus Fund Emergency grant and did not receive it, you must re-apply this year. If you did receive a 2020 Populus Fund Emergency Grant, you are ineligible to receive the award this year. For full eligibility requirements + to learn about our weighted lottery process, visit our FAQ page: https://www.u-ca.org/populusfundfaq

Applications will open May 14.  We will have 3 weighted lottery draw cycles. Applications received by June 6, 2021 will be considered in all lottery draws. However, if you miss that deadline you may still submit your application to be considered. All eligible applications will remain in the lottery for future cycles, no need to re-apply.

  • MAY 14 - Applications open 
  • CYCLE 1: 6/6, 11:59p deadline 
  • CYCLE 2: 7/9 deadline, 11:59p deadline  
  • CYCLE 3: 8/1 deadline, 11:59p deadline  

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