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Grants Available for School Arts Programs

Grants Available for School Arts Programs

Community Partnership Grants Applications Open Early
for School-Based Arts Programs

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the nonprofit that owns Jazz Fest, is opening one category of its annual Community Partnership Grants several months early in an effort to encourage more schools to apply.

Louisiana K-12 schools may apply for up to $5,000 to support arts education programs that take place at the schools between Sept. 1, 2018, and Aug. 31, 2019.

The deadline to apply is May 14.

Before submitting an application, read the complete guidelines here.

To apply, set up a user account and complete the online application here. Only one application per school will be considered.

The grant category now open is: “Jazz & Heritage In-School Educational Programs In Music, Arts and Cultural Traditions.”

New This Year:
• In addition to programs that take place during the school day, after-school and summer programs are now eligible for funding in this grant category, provided that the programs take place at the applying school’s premises.
• Applications for the other three categories of the Community Partnership Grants program will be made available in March.

Application Help:
We will host two workshops to assist with the grant application process. These will be held:

Wednesday, April 16, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, May 9, 5 p.m.

To indicate your plans to attend, please RSVP using this online form.

Send us an email here, or call (504) 558-6103.

“One of our major goals is to continue to increase the amount of grant funding that we provide to the community,” said Don Marshall, Executive Director of the Jazz & Heritage Foundation.

“As an organization, we are very focused on the need to provide greater to support to arts programs in the school system,” he added. “So we want to do whatever possible to make our grants more accessible to school leaders and arts instructors, so that they will have an easier time applying. We hope that by making the grant applications available closer to the start of the spring semester, more educators will find out about them and have time to apply.”

Since 1979, the New Orleans 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.

In the 2017-2018 Community Partnership Grants cycle, we received 325 applications, of which 285, or 88 percent, were awarded funding. The total amount awarded was $800,980, up from $709,474 awarded last year and from $601,264 awarded in 2016.

The largest grants given this year were $5,000 - the maximum that may be requested. The smallest was $900. The average grant award was $2,810, up from $2,793 last year. All grant awards must be matched by an equal amount of funds the applicants raise from other sources.

In the 2017-2018 grant cycle, 52 schools submitted requests for funding. All of those applications were approved, and a total of $175,380 was distributed in the “In-School” category.

For complete details of the 2018-2019 Community Partnership Grants program, see

The Community Partnership Grants program is presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. The Foundation is the nonprofit that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell, and uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest – and other raised funds – for year-round programs in education, economic development and cultural enrichment. For more on the Jazz & Heritage Foundation, please see:

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.