Louisiana Culture Care Fund

The LEH is offering emergency relief grants for 501(c)(3) non-profit cultural organizations in Louisiana with a strong humanities focus that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Awards are designated for operational expenses, including but not limited to staff retention (payroll and benefits), rent, mortgage, and utilities. More information about the grant application timeline, awards levels, criteria, and eligibility may be found found below.

Note: Programmatic expenses are not eligible under the Louisiana Culture Care Fund grant stream. Applicants interested in pursuing programmatic grants should apply under our Rebirth grants stream. 



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The application period will run May 4 through June 30, 2020, or until funds are expended. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and applicants will receive notification of award or rejection within ten days of submission.


The LEH especially encourages applications from rural and underserved areas of the state but welcomes applications regardless of an organization’s size and locationNo cost share is required for Louisiana Culture Care Fund grants. If an organization does not receive funding, the LEH will retain their application should more funding become available.  

Awards range from $3,000 – $20,000 and are based on the annual operating budget of the applicant organization:

  • Organizations with annual operating budgets of under $50,000 can request up to $3,000. 
  • Organizations with annual operating budgets between $50,000 – $99,999 can request up to $7,000. 
  • Organizations with annual operating budgets between $100,000 – $499,999 can request up to $10,000. 
  • Organizations with annual operating budgets of $500,000 to $999,999 can request up to $15,000. 
  • Organizations with annual operating budgets of $1 million or more can request up to $20,000. 

Note: The LEH reserves the right to award grants that are less than the maximum amount listed in each category. 


All Louisiana Culture Care Fund applications will be subject to the same review process based on the following criteria:

  • Record of strong humanities programming (see below)
  • Estimated annual audience
  • Organization size (based on annual operating budget)
  • Geographic location and distribution (rural, underserved areas of Louisiana)
  • Preference will be given to organizations who have not received funds from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) but receipt of PPP funds does not disqualify organizations from applying for support from the Louisiana Culture Care Fund.

The NEH defines the humanities as including the fields of history, philosophy, literature, foreign languages, linguistics, comparative religion, ethics, archaeology, jurisprudence, art history, theory and criticism and philosophical and historical approaches to social sciences. For more information about how the humanities are defined, visit. www.neh.gov/about.

Applicants will need the following forms and identifying numbers on-hand in order to complete the application:

  • federal tax identification/EIN number
  • DUNS number
  • form 990
  • IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter

For questions about eligibility, contact LEH Grants Manager Chris Robert at robert@leh.org.


Recipients of Louisiana Culture Care Fund grants will be required to submit a final report and final budget narrative, and a 500-1,000 word description of how the funds helped to preserve their organization’s mission and programming. Additionally, recipients will be required to make a public announcement of their award, crediting the NEH and LEH.


  • Individuals 
  • For-profit organizations 
  • Organizations focused solely on the arts 
  • Political or advocacy organizations 
  • Government agencies 
  • Universities, colleges, individual faculty members, and academic departments  

(However, museums, archivesuniversity presses, and public-facing humanities centers affiliated with a college or university that have their own 501(c)(3) status and DUNS number may apply for Louisiana Culture Care Fund grants.) 

Ineligible organizations are encouraged to apply directly to the NEH through NEH CARES: Cultural Organizations, a fund created with the remaining 60 percent of the CARES ACT funds made available to the NEH.

Organizations with a strong arts focus are encouraged to contact the Louisiana Division of the Arts for grants provided through the National Endowment for the Arts.

Nonprofit organizations may also be eligible to apply for a Small Business Administration loan to cover operating expenses through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).