Community Partnership Grants

2021-2022 Grant Recipients

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. Over the last ten years, over $10 million has been awarded in Community Partnership Grants. 


The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation has awarded over $1.2 million in Community Partnership Grants. 93% of applicants were funded in awards of up to $5,000. As always, the Foundation funded mission-aligned funds projects: music and arts education, documentation of Louisiana cultural traditions, and presentation of local artists and performers. 

2021-2022 Grant Statistics

  • 98% applicants are from Louisiana 
  • 100% of the Education In-School applicants received funding.
  • 5% of applicants identified at Indigenous or Native American 
  • 67% of the nonprofits that applied report they have women in senior leadership positions 
  • We received applications from all over Louisiana- from Caddo Parish all the way to Plaquemines parish.
  • This year, awarded grants ranged from $500 to $5,000; the average grant award was $3,220.
  • The budget for the Community Partnership Grants program has increased steadily each year since 2011-2012, when it was $265,000. Prior to Hurricane Katrina, grants were awarded every other year, and the budget for each cycle was only $125,000.

Broken down by category: 

  • In-School – 100% funded 
  • After-School- 99% funded 
  • Presenting- 99% funded 
  • Media & Documentation- 73% funded 
  • Louisiana Cultural Equity Arts – 78% funded 

The Donald Harrison, Sr. Museum is a small community based one. The continuous support of the Jazz & Heritage Festival Foundation has been immeasurable in the museum’s ability to document, preserve, and present the indigenous cultural expressions of New Orleans to diverse audiences. We are most grateful for the funding of projects and programs that serve elders and children. Additionally, the application and reporting process are obviously designed to be inclusive and not burdensome to organizations and individuals who are from and work in communities that birth and nurture the unique cultural expressions that make New Orleans, New Orleans

BIG QUEEN CHERICE HARRISON-NELSON

Final Report Forms

2020-2021 grant recipients who still need to turn in final report forms can fill it out by clicking on the button labeled, “2020-2021 Final Report Form” below. This report must be received before disbursement of future grant funds.

2021-2022 grant recipients whose events haven taken place can fill out a final report form by clicking on the button labeled, “2021-2022 Final Report Form” below. This report must be received before disbursement of future grant funds.


2021-2022 Community Partnership Grant Recipients

Education In-School grants were awarded to schools providing arts instruction as part of the school day.

DanceChalmette High SchoolChalmette
DanceKIPP Central City AcademyNew Orleans
DanceYoung Audiences Charter (Elementary)New Orleans
Media Arts/ FilmSatellite CenterLuling
Media Arts/ FilmTreen Technology CenterMandeville
MultidisciplinaryAbramson Sci AcademyNew Orleans
MultidisciplinaryArthur Ashe Charter SchoolNew Orleans
MultidisciplinaryAudubon Charter School – GentillyNew Orleans
MultidisciplinaryChrist Episcopal SchoolCovington
MultidisciplinaryChristian Brothers SchoolNew Orleans

Education After-School grants were awarded to non-profits that present after-school and summer educational programs in the arts.

Creative Writing and Literature826 New OrleansNew Orleans
Culinary ArtsSon Of A SaintNew Orleans
DanceArtivism Dance TheatreNew Orleans
DanceChosen Vessels Dance and Performing Arts, IncNew Orleans
DanceDancing GroundsNew Orleans
DanceFriends of NORD, Inc.New Orleans
DanceHoneybee’s DanzNew Orleans
DanceLYFE of DanceNew Orleans
DanceNew Hope Baptist ChurchNew Orleans
DanceNew Orleans Ballet AssociationNew Orleans

Jazz & Heritage Presenting grants were awarded to Louisiana-based non-profit arts organizations that present festivals and other cultural events and hire local performers.

Cultural HeritageCervantes Fundacion Hispanoamericana de ArteMetairie 
Cultural HeritageFriends of Joe W. Brown ParkNew Orleans
Cultural HeritageGuardians InstituteNew Orleans
Cultural HeritageIberia Cultural Resources AssociationNew Iberia
Cultural HeritageLouisiana Crafts GuildLafayette
Cultural HeritageMardi Gras Indians Hall of Fame/UNOLANew Orleans
Cultural HeritageThe Vermilionville Living History Museum and Folklife Park FoundationLafayette
DanceBODYART ConnectsNew Orleans
DanceContemporary Arts Center New OrleansNew Orleans
DanceCreative Alliance of New OrleansNew Orleans


Louisiana Cultural Equity Arts grants were awarded to Louisiana-based non-profit organizations, artists and others who create new artistic works or otherwise document or exhibit art works that reflect, interpret, document or preserve the indigenous culture of Louisiana.

FilmJonathan Isaac Jackson“Streets”
FilmKenneth BrownStop…Pause… Jubilee
FilmChristina HillThibodauxville – The Story of the Thibodaux Massacre: Race, Riot, and Resilience
FilmRenee Nicole BensonThe Black Ophelia
FilmSaia SmithBlack Film Festival
MultidisciplinaryAlana Harris“Sacred Journey of a Living Culture Bearer Intersection: Black Masking Baby Doll”
MultidisciplinaryAyo ScottRenaissance
MultidisciplinaryChristine BrownHouse NOT For Sale NOLA (A Short Doc)
MultidisciplinaryDelaney GeorgeProject Resurgence: Phase 1
MultidisciplinaryGeovane Paiva SantosThe Griot Series


Media & Documentation grants were awarded to Louisiana-based non-profit organizations, artists and others who create new artistic works or otherwise document or exhibit art works that reflect, interpret, document or preserve the indigenous culture of Louisiana.

Archiving/Web/OralMusic and Culture Coalition of New OrleansFrenchmennotes.com website and research project
Archiving/Web/OralThe Ponderosa Stomp FoundationA Closer Walk
DocumentationLouisiana Endowment for the HumanitiesTelling Our Stories: Reflections on Louisiana’s Rich Musical Cultures
Exhibition/PerformanceNewcomb Art Museum of Tulane UniversityCore Memory: Louisiana Native American Basketry Exhibition
Exhibition/PerformanceHARKVibrantly Marked: Clementine Hunter’s Work
Exhibition/PerformanceNewcomb Art Museum of Tulane UniversityCore Memory: Louisiana Native American Basketry Exhibition
FilmNew Orleans Video Access Center50 Years of Reels
FilmLilli LewisDwayne Dopsie: A Portrait
FilmNew Orleans Film SocietyLouisiana Films at the New Orleans Festival
FilmNous Foundation, Inc. Voices of Renewal: Documentary on the Revitalization of Louisiana Creole