Community Partnership Grants - Current Grant Cycle

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Reinvesting the proceeds from Jazz Fest directly into the community.

 


The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 Community Partnership 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. Over the last ten years, $8 million has been awarded in Community Partnership Grants. This year, the Foundation plans to give over $1,000,000 in funding to Louisiana artists and non-profit organizations. Arts education programs (in-school and after-school), presenting organizations, and individual artists with media or documentation projects related to the Foundation's mission are invited to apply.

The deadline to apply is August 17, 2020 at 11p.m. (CST). Activities funded by these grants must occur between Sept. 1, 2020, and Aug. 31, 2021 and must take place in Louisiana. What’s New: The Foundation will offer grants of up to $5000 in five categories: In School, After School, Presenting, Media and Documentation. The fifth category, new in the 2020-2021 grant cycle, supports new works from BIPOC creatives and from BIPOC led arts organizations that reflect or document Louisiana culture. This category is open to Louisiana- based applicants. In the 2020-2021 Community Partnership Grant cycle, Foundation grants will now support virtual programming.

Community Partnership grants are awarded in five categories:

•NEW: Louisiana Cultural Equity Arts Grant. 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. Click here to learn more about this grant.

•Jazz & Heritage In-School Education Programs in Music, Arts and Cultural Traditions. This category supports music and arts education in the schools by funding music and arts instruction that takes place at Louisiana K-12 schools during the regular school day or after school. 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. 

•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 teaching fees of the artists or educators who provide arts instruction. 

•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.

•Media and Documentation. 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. 

For the Education categories, Media & Documentation, and Presenting, applicants must provide a dollar-for-dollar match for all grant funds requested from the Jazz & Heritage Foundation. That is, for every dollar requested from the Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the applicant must show that it can raise at least one dollar – in cash, not in-kind donations of goods or services – from other sources.

For the Louisiana Cultural Equity Arts Grant, applicants must provide a 50% match for all grant funds requested. That is, for the total amount requested from the Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the applicant must show that it can raise at least half that – including in-kind donations of goods or services – from other sources.

 

In 2019, 309 grant applicants (92 percent of those who applied) received funding. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation distributed a total of $916,000 in the 2019-2020 grant cycle, over $100,000 more than was distributed in 2018. Grant recipients and their community constituents are invited to attend award ceremonies on September 24, 25, 26, and 27. More information about the award ceremonies may be found on the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation event calendar (link). 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. 

A detailed report on grant amounts awarded in the 2019-2020 cycle may be found here (link).

FINAL REPORTS
Final report forms are now available online, here, for grants awarded in the 2019-2020 Grant cycle. Please complete a final report form even if your event was cancelled, postponed, or significant changes were made. Final reports are due by 5:00 p.m. on September 30.

 

In August, the Foundation hosted a series of free Q&A sessions to assist you in completing your application. These meetings were held via Zoom and are available below. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, the Presenting conversation was not recorded. Click on the links below to view the video.

 


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

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is the nonprofit organization that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. The foundation uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest, and other funds, for year-round programs in education, economic development and cultural enrichment. For more about the Foundation, please visit our web site, www.jazzandheritage.org.

 

Downloads:

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.

Videos:

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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