Rebirth Grants

Application Timelines


Applications for Rebirth Grants are now closed.

Rebirth project activities should be implemented between November 1, 2021, and November 31, 2022.



Rebirth Festival

Applications for Rebirth Festival Grants are now closed.

Rebirth Festival project activities should be implemented between October 15, 2021, and December 31, 2022.

Note: the LEH reserves the right to pre-approve projects that otherwise do not align with published grant stream timelines.

Award Amounts

  • $1,000–$7,000 *NOTE: Cost share is not required for 2021 Rebirth Grants
Rebirth Festival
  • $5,000–$15,000 *NOTE: Cost share is required for Rebirth Festival Grants

*Funding for 2021 Rebirth Grants has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) and the NEH Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP) initiative.

The LEH will sometimes award partial amounts, i.e. less than the amount requested in the application. In these instances, the LEH will confirm with the applicant that the project is still viable with the reduced amount.



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Rebirth Festival Fundable Formats

Rebirth Festival Grants, a special 2021 grant program made possible by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities, will support nonprofit festival organizations whose programming includes a humanities focus. These funds can be used to support humanities-based festival programming, including scholar stipends and travel, event promotion, facility rental fees, and more. 

Festivals/Literary or Film Festivals

This format includes informative performances; interpretive demonstrations of folkways and traditional food, music, and craft practices; and scholar-led film screenings and discussions as well as author readings and discussions. The LEH encourages submissions from festivals that are either entirely free and open to the public or include festival components that are free open to the public.

Rebirth Fundable Formats


This category includes projects that enable humanities scholars to meet directly, whether in-person or virtually, with a public audience. Discussion projects may take the form of symposia, community forums, debates, conferences, seminars, workshops, discussion groups, lectures, or panel discussions.

Podcasts/Radio Documentaries

This category provides funds for the production of audio programs. All documentary projects must use one or more humanities disciplines to examine a topic(s) of Louisiana history and/or culture.

Digital Media

Accessible to the public through the internet, this format consists of interpretive virtual exhibits of local history and culture, folklore/folkways, and museum exhibits. The site developed may also be interactive and include teacher guidelines and curriculum materials.

Exhibition Development

Exhibitions using artifacts, documents, works of art, and/or other cultural objects to interpret ideas and concepts are eligible. Funds may be used to assist in interpreting the permanent collections or temporary exhibitions of museums, or to assemble permanent or traveling exhibitions. In addition, eligible applicants may apply for funds for the interpretation of historic sites.


Consists of the production of Louisiana humanities publications and photo documentaries; interpretive brochures, guides, and booklets; catalogues; and teacher manuals. Under this format, the LEH also supports the development of interpretive and historically/culturally significant community walking/driving tours.


This format allows for the placement of a humanities scholar within an eligible sponsoring organization for a period not to exceed four months. Such a scholar could aid the sponsor in the planning and implementation of humanities programs; long-range planning efforts; defining and clarifying public policy issues; and increasing cooperative activities between the sponsor and local humanities resources.

Funding Guidelines

Humanities scholars must play a central role in all phases of an LEH-funded project as planners, speakers, resource persons, panelists, and/or evaluators. The LEH defines a humanities scholar as an individual professionally trained and primarily engaged in the study, research, writing, and/or teaching of humanities disciplines. The individual can be employed in their field, retired, not employed, or on temporary leave from a professional position in the humanities. Affiliation with a college or university is usual but not mandatory. Scholars usually have a PhD in a humanities discipline or at least alternative credentials.

All LEH projects must focus on topics and themes drawn from the humanities or bring the analytical potential of the humanities to bear on current political, social, or economic concerns and issues.

The 1965 legislation that established the National Endowment for the Humanities, defines the humanities as follows: “The term ‘humanities’ includes, but is not limited to, the study and interpretation of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of the social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.”

To avoid advocacy and bias, programs sponsored by the LEH must provide for a balance of viewpoints, especially those projects dealing with controversial contemporary issues. For example, a project addressing the First Amendment’s relation to religion in public schools should provide subject matter for both sides of the issue.

Programs must be designed to address the out-of-school public rather than exclusively the scholarly community. 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, and location. The LEH encourages research and publishing project proposals to include a public component as well.

Representatives of the community must be involved in all phases of a project to complement the presence of the humanities scholars. The LEH encourages advance planning with community groups.

Applications are open to nonprofit organizations with a DUNS number. Specifically, nonprofit entities with 501(c)(3) status, public-facing organizations operating within accredited institutions of higher learning, state and local government agencies, and federally recognized Native American tribal governments in Louisiana are eligible to apply for Rebirth funds. The LEH does not award grants to individuals.

2021 Rebirth Festival Grants proposals are required to show applicant cost share equal to or greater than the LEH contribution. This support may be either in actual cash or in the form of in-kind contributions. For most sponsors, this obligation is met through volunteer time, contributed equipment and supplies, and contributed facilities.

2021 Rebirth Grants proposals DO NOT require cost share.

Sponsoring organizations are obliged to provide an objective assessment of whether program activities fulfill or do not fulfill the original intent of the project as articulated in the grant proposal. All programs must include an outside independent evaluator to provide an objective assessment. Evaluation narratives supplement the quantitative data gathered from the audience.


LEH Rebirth and Rebirth Festival Grant funds cannot be used to support the following types of projects:
  • Creative and performing arts (theater, dance, music, opera, etc.)
  • Research, writing, and publication of material targeted exclusively or primarily for a scholarly audience
  • Scholarships and fellowships
  • Course work for academic credit, except for teacher institutes
  • Museum or library acquisitions
  • Construction or renovation (capital improvements projects)
  • Institutional staffing or any other form of operational support
  • Social or political action
  • Public information campaigns
  • Archival materials without a public component
Within the actual budget, LEH grant funds, as a rule, cannot be used for the following purposes:
  • Food, entertainment, or liquor costs
  • Expenses incurred prior to the grant award date
  • Equipment purchases
  • Indirect costs (overhead) of sponsoring organizations

Rebirth Grant Sample Applications

Below are excerpts from successful Rebirth Grant applications. Excerpts include project descriptions, overviews of the humanities content that helped make these applications successful, information on audiences and outreach, and sample budgets. Scholar names and applicant contact information have been removed from excerpts.