Community Partnership Grants

2022-2023 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 $1.4 million in Community Partnership Grants. Overall, 87% of applicants were awarded grants 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. 

2022-2023 Grant Statistics

  • More than 500 Louisiana organizations, creatives, and culture bearers received a Community Partnership Grant.
  • 100% of the Education In-School applicants received funding.
  • Applications were received from all over Louisiana- from Caddo Parish all the way to Plaquemines parish.
  • This year, awarded grants ranged from $1000 to $5,000; the average grant award was $3,000.
  • 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.

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


Final Report Forms

2022-2023 Community Partnership Grant Recipients

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

MusicJohn F. Kennedy High SchoolNew Orleans
MusicGolden Meadow Middle SchoolGolden Meadow
MusicMcMain Secondary SchoolNew Orleans
Media Arts/ FilmJefferson Virtual High SchoolJefferson
Visual Arts, PhotographyRiverside ElementaryPearl River
Visual Arts, PhotographyPointe Coupee School SystemNew Roads
Visual Arts, PhotographyNOLA Nature SchoolNew Orleans
TheatreBayou Lacombe Middle SchoolLacombe
TheatreGeorge Washington Carver High SchoolNew Orleans
TheatreWarren Easton Charter High 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 LiteratureBy GraceNew 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
MusicFamilias Unidas en AccionNew Orleans
Music Kids’ OrchestraBaton Rouge
MusicThe Master’s Touch Youth AcademyPonchatoula
Cultural Heritage, FolklifeCreole Wild WestNew 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 HeritageLouisiana Children’s MuseumNew Orleans 
Cultural HeritageBayou Regional Arts CouncilHouma
DanceCulu Childrens Traditional African Dance CompanyNew Orleans
Dance​​Mélange Dance CompanyNew Orleans
Music ConcertBlack Men of Labor, IncNew Orleans
Music ConcertAcadiana Center for the ArtsLafayette
Music FestivalBaton Rouge Blues FestivalBaton Rouge
Music FestivalGentilly FestNew Orleans
Music Performance SeriesJazz in the ParkNew Orleans
Music Performance SeriesEcos Latinos Performance SeriesNew 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.

Archiving, Web, Oral, PodcastsEcole Pointe-au-Chien; Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe“L’Ecole Pointe-au-Chien: From Segregation to Self-Determination”
Archiving, Web, Oral, PodcastsGeovane Paiva SantosThe Griot Series
Art CreationJamar Pierre“Piano Greats of New Orleans,” A mural celebrating James Booker on the Tchoupitoulas Floodwall
Art CreationSolomon MasonStilt Walking: An Artist’s Contemporary Dance
DocumentationDenise AugustineStoop Sitting and Storytelling with Our Elders
FilmRobert M PalmsJoe Hall’s Creole Music Legacy
Exhibition / PerformancePass It OnPass It On – Open Mic
Exhibition / PerformanceTitos SompaFrom Kongo to Kongo Square
Music RecordingAlfred BanksYesterMonth (Album)
Music RecordingMax MoranMax Moran & Neospectric: Ecce Homo

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/OralDenise FrazierLes Cenelles: Digital Asset Management and Research/ Education Repository
Archiving/Web/OralAmistad Research CenterPreserving New Orleans Music History in the Jason Berry Papers
DocumentationCecelia T PedescleauxCecelia Pedescleaux: The History of an African American Quilter
DocumentationKevin McCaffreyYear By Year History of Jazz Fest Book
Art CreationNew Orleans Airlift IncLiberation Vibrations: Spirit House
Exhibition/PerformanceAndrew WisemanThe Voodoo Chronicles: A Musical Journey
Exhibition/PerformanceOpelousas Museum & Interpretive CenterFree People of Color in St. Landry Parish from 1700 to 1865
Exhibition/PerformanceShaka ZuluNew Orleans Voices of Congo Square
FilmLeo Sacks
A Taste of Heaven: The Ecstatic Song & Gospel of Maestro Raymond Anthony Myles
Music RecordingErica FallsErica Falls Live Recording