Louisiana Culture Care Fund
The LEH is offering general operating support grants for nonprofit humanities-based organizations in Louisiana impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Awards are designated for operational expenses, including but not limited to staff retention (payroll and benefits), rent, mortgage, insurance, and utilities. Applications are open now and will run through July 9, 2021, or until funds are expended. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and applicants will receive notification of award or rejection within thirty days of submission.
The LEH especially encourages applications from minority-serving institutions and organizations as well as from rural and underserved areas of the state, but applications are welcome regardless of an organization’s size, audience, or location. No cost share is required for Louisiana Culture Care Fund grants.
Awards range from $3,000–$20,000 and are based on the pre-2020 (pre-COVID-19) 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 of $50,000 to $99,999 can request up to $7,000.
- Organizations with annual operating budgets of $100,000 to $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 grant applications will be subject to the same review process based on the following criteria:
- All applicants must submit their federal tax identification/EIN number and DUNS number. Nonprofits must submit copies of their form 990 and IRS determination letter. (Note: 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status organizations, public-facing organizations operating within accredited institutions of higher learning, state and local governmental agencies, and federally recognized Native American tribal governments are eligible to receive NEH funds.)
- Estimated annual audience
- Record of strong humanities programming
- Organization size
- Geographic location and population density
- Demonstrated need for and potential impact of American Rescue Plan Act funds.
Recipients of Louisiana Culture Care Fund grants will be required to submit documentation of funds spent, and a 500–1,000 word description of how the funds made a difference to their organizations and local communities.
- Public libraries
- For-profit organizations
- Organizations focused solely on the arts
- Political or advocacy organizations
- Universities, colleges, individual faculty members, and academic departments
(However, museums, archives, university presses, and public-facing humanities centers affiliated with a college or university may apply for Louisiana Culture Care Fund grants.)
Ineligible organizations are encouraged to apply directly to the NEH through American Rescue Plan: Humanities Organizations, a fund created with a portion of the remaining 60 percent of the American Rescue Plan 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. Public libraries are encouraged to contact the State Library of Louisiana for more details on IMLS support.
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 programs.
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