Community Partnership Grants - Current Grant Cycle

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Distributing checks for Community Partnership Grants. (Photo: Bruce France)

Distributing checks for Community Partnership Grants. (Photo: Bruce France)

Reinvesting the proceeds from Jazz Fest directly into the community.


The submission deadline for Community Partnership Grants was May 15, 2017.

Recipients of the 2017-2018 Community Partnership Grants have been announced. See here for the announcement, and the Downloads section below for lists of grant recipients in each category.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation - the nonprofit that owns Jazz Fest - is now accepting applications in four categories of the Community Partnership Grants program for the 2017-2018 grant cycle.Since 1979, the Jazz & Heritage Foundation has invested proceeds from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell directly into the community with grants to fund projects that support the foundation's mission.

The deadline to apply is May 15. Activities funded by these grants must occur between Sept. 1, 2017, and Aug. 31, 2018.

We are offering grants of up to $5,000 in four categories. The four categories now open are:

  • Jazz & Heritage In-School Education Programs in Music, Arts and Cultural Traditions. This category supports arts education in the schools by funding music and arts instruction that takes place at Louisiana K-12 schools during the regular school day. Schools (public or private) may apply for money to pay for instruments/instrument repair, sheet music, visual art supplies or other needed materials to support arts instruction as part of the school's curriculum. Only one application per school is allowed. READ THE GUIDELINES HERE.
  • Jazz & Heritage After-School and Summer Education Programs in Music, Arts and Cultural Traditions. This category supports after-school and summer educational arts programs offered by nonprofit organizations and Louisiana K-12 schools. Organizations may apply for money only to pay the professional service fees of the artists or educators who provide arts instruction. READ THE GUIDELINES HERE.
  • Jazz & Heritage Presenting: Festivals and Concerts in Music and Performing Arts. This category supports employment for Louisiana performing artists by providing funding to Louisiana-based nonprofit arts organizations to help cover the cost of hiring Louisiana-based performers for festivals or other public cultural events in the state. Only arts-based nonprofits in Louisiana may apply. READ THE GUIDELINES HERE.
  • Jazz & Heritage Archive: Documentation and Preservation. This category supports the creation, documentation or exhibition of art works that reflect, interpret, document or preserve the indigenous culture of Louisiana. Individuals and non-profits may apply. Priority will be given to Louisiana-based applicants. READ THE GUIDELINES HERE.

WHAT'S NEW IN 2017-2018?
Earlier Deadlines: Last year, we announced our grants in early June and the deadline to apply was July 1. This year, we're announcing in early April and the deadline is in mid-May. The goal is to make the grants more accessible to school teachers  - before school lets out for the summer - in hopes that more will apply for our available funds to support arts education in the school system.

Simplified Applications and Budget Forms: In all four of our grant categories, we've simplified the applications by eliminating questions that seemed vague or unnecessary, and replaced them with simple ones that help us determine the community impact of your projects. We've also reduced or eliminated information requirments in the budget sections of the grant applications that made things too cumbersome. And we no longer require "service provider" forms.

Online Applications Only: We no longer accept paper applications. Now we only accept applications through our online application portal. To access the application, first read through the guidelines for the grant category that interests you. Then access the online application form. All of the info is on the Community Partnership Grants web site,

Only One Application Per School: In recent years we have received multiple applications from some schools. This year, we will disqualify any schools that submit more than one application. Music and art teachers must check with their principals and colleagues before submitting an application to make sure that no one else in the school is submitting one.

Event Presenters - Arts-Based Non-Profits Only: In the past, we have accepted applications in our "Jazz & Heritage Presenting" category from any kind of non-profit as long as it was based in Louisiana. This year, only arts-based non-profits may apply. Organizations whose mission is not arts-based - such as social service agencies, religious organizations or municipal governments - may apply only if they are partnered with an arts-based non-profit.

Once you have read through the guidelines for the categories that interest you, please proceed to our online application portal. This is the only mechanism for submitting an application.

Please read the category guidelines carefully before starting an application.  Staff members of the Jazz & Heritage Foundation will be happy to answer questions or explain the process before the July 1 deadline. Questions should be directed to Programs, Marketing & Communications, via e-mail, or by telephone at (504) 558-6100.

We will host two workshops to answer questions about the Community Partnership Grants program, the categories and guidelines, and the online applicaiton form. These will be held:

Monday, April 17, 5;00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 10, 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Both workshops will be held in the auditorium of the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center, located at 1225 N. Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 70116. Parking is available in the lot behind the building.

These workshops are free and open to the public. Please use the links above to let us know you plan to attend.

Questions? Feel free to contact the Programs Department with questions by sending an email here, or by calling (504) 558-6100.

If you have received a Community Partnership Grant in the past but have not yet submitted a final report, you have until Sept. 1 to get it in. You may still apply for a grant in the current cycle. But if we don't receive and approve any outstanding final reports by Sept. 1, any grants you may be allocated in the current cycle will be cancelled.

Final reports, including all required documentation (see the grant guidelines for details), must be sent or delivered to our office at:

1205 N. Rampart Street
New Orleans, LA 70116

Electronic or e-mailed final reports will not be accepted.

Grant recipients may access our Final Report forms in the Downloads section below.You may see lists of prior grant recipients in the Downloads section below.

Please join our e-mail list to be notified when we make announcements about this program. For more information, please call the Jazz & Heritage Foundation at (504) 558-6100.


Links & Downloads:

Jazz & Heritage Foundation Logo
The attached file of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation logo may be downloaded to use when acknowledging the Foundation as a funder of a project that was awarded grant funding.


Click the links below to play videos.

2011 Community Partnership Grants Presentation
2011 Community Partnership Grants Presentation
Giving out $200,000 on Nov. 30, 2011.
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