Disaster Mitigation Grants

In May 2021 South Louisiana was severely impacted by storms, tornadoes, and flooding, largely in an area still recovering from last year’s active and destructive hurricane season. To support the recovery of humanities organizations affected in this five-parish region, LEH has received a $50,000 Chairman’s Award to distribute as disaster relief and mitigation grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

On May 17, Governor John Bel Edwards declared a statewide emergency and on June 2, President Joseph R. Biden issued a federal disaster declaration for five parishes: East Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Calcasieu, Ascension, and Iberville.

This fall, the LEH will open applications for the disaster relief and mitigation grants and implement a fast-tracked grant application process for eligible nonprofit agencies with a humanities focus in these weather-impacted parishes. Grants will range between $1,000 and $7,000, and award amounts will be based on the annual operating budget of the applicant organization. Special consideration will be paid to small but stable organizations targeting underserved populations.

Eligible costs will include but not be limited to cleanup, conservation, rental of temporary meeting space, basic institutional and operational costs, mitigation equipment, and emergency planning.

The LEH recognizes that subsequent to the May floods, many Louisiana cultural organizations sustained impacts from Hurricane Ida. We are assessing the extent of those impacts in hopes of being able to offer an emergency grant response. Please check back for updates on additional mitigation grant opportunities.
Stay tuned for details on disaster relief and mitigation grants and click here for a list of resources to assist in your recovery.