Community Partnership Grants - Program History

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COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP GRANTS - PROGRAM HISTORY

The Community Partnership Grants program is a historic part of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's efforts to support the musical culture of Louisiana.

Since 1979, the Jazz & Heritage Foundation has reinvested the proceeds from Jazz Fest directly into the community — in the form of grants to arts and educational organizations — to support projects that reflect the Foundation’s mission.

The Foundation has donated more than $3 million to nonprofit event presenters, educational programs, dance troupes, theater workshops, gallery showings, film productions, performing artists, visual artists and many more.

By investing so much into the community, and making a concerted effort to nurture local artists and organizations, the Foundation is creating an environment in which arts and education projects can succeed over the long term.

The Foundation begins accepting applications each spring for the Community Partnership Grants cycle. For details and application procedures, please see: www.CommunityPartnershipGrants.org.

Applicants may submit only one application, and in only one category, per grant cycle.

Prior to 2005, the Foundation issued grants every two years, awarding in the range of $125,000 per cycle. Following Hurricane Katrina, the Foundation expanded the program by issuing grants every year. And the amout given each year has increased steadily, from the $125,000 range to more than $300,000 in the most recent grant cycle.

Historically, the Foundation has used the Community Partnership Grants program to support organizations that hire Louisiana musicians to perform at public cultural events. More recently, the Foundation has expanded the focus of the program to include the creation of new works as well as educational programming - both in the schools and in after-school and summer programs.

Currently, the program provides funding in four grant categories:

  • 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 educational institutions. Organizations may apply for funding to pay the professional service fees of the artists or educators who will do the instruction.
  • Jazz & Heritage In-School Education Programs in Music, Arts and Cultural Traditions. This category supports in-school music and arts education programs at Louisiana public K-12 schools. Schools may apply for funding to purchase or repair instruments and other supplies, or to support visiting teaching artists.
  • Jazz Journey Presenting: Festivals and Concerts in Music and Performing Arts. This category supports new employment for Louisiana performing artists by providing funding to nonprofit organizations that hire Louisiana musicians or other performing artists to perform at cultural events.
  • Jazz & Heritage Archive: Documentation and Preservation. This category supports the creation or exhibition of art works that document or interpret the indigenous culture of Louisiana.

 

PAST GRANT CYCLES

2014-2015 GRANT CYCLE
Of 235 applications received in four grant categories, 207 were awarded funding. The total amount awarded was $498,590 (up from $361,865 last year). The grants were distributed Sept. 29 at a ceremony at the Jazz & Heritage Foundation's office in New Orleans' Treme neighborhood.

The Foundation received a total of 235 applications, down from 262 received last year, and up from the 214 received in 2013. Of the applications received, 207 were awarded funding (up from 185 last year and 125 in 2013). The total amount of funding distributed was $498,590, up from $361,865 last year and $313,205 in 2013.

The largest grants given were $4,500 (up from $3,500 last year). The smallest were $1,000.

PREVIOUS GRANT CYCLES
In the 2013-2014 grant cycle, the Jazz & Heritage Foundation received a total of 262 applications across four categories. Of those, 183 received funding (66 in Jazz Journey Presenting; 22 in Archive & Documentation; 60 in After-School and Summer programs; and 36 in In-School education programs). The total amount awarded was $361,865.

In the 2012-2013 grant cycle, the Jazz & Heritage Foundation received a total of 214 applications across four categories. Of those, 125 received funding (59 in Jazz Journey Presenting; 25 in Archive & Documentation; 31 in After-School and Summer programs; and 10 in In-School education programs). The total amount awarded was $313,205.

In the 2011-2012 grant cycle, the Jazz & Heritage Foundation awarded $200,000 to 79 recipients in three categories - two for education (one for in-school arts programs at public schools, one for after-school and summer arts education programs) and one to support nonprofits that hire Louisiana musicians to perform at cultural events.

In the 2009-2010 grant cycle, the Jazz & Heritage Foundation awarded $64,500 to 25 recipients in the Heritage School education category, and $72,500 to 36 event organizers in the Jazz Journey Presenting category, for a total of $137,000.

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