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 - the nonprofit that owns Jazz Fest - is now accepting applications in five categories of the Community Partnership Grants program for the 2021-2022 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, $10 million has been awarded in Community Partnership Grants.  To read about the 2020-2021 grant stats and recipients, please read here

The Community Partnership Grants program offers grant awards of up to $5,000 to support music and art education programs, cultural events put on by Louisiana arts-based nonprofits, new artistic works that interpret Louisiana culture and other projects that support the Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s mission.

The deadline to apply is Friday, August 6, 2021. Activities funded by these grants must occur between Sept. 1, 2021 and Aug. 31, 2022 and must take place in Louisiana.  This grant allows for one application per category per organization or person.  




 The five categories now open are:

•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 apply for money only to pay the professional teaching fees of the artists or educators who provide arts instruction. 



•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. 



•Louisiana Cultural Equity Arts Grant.  This category is open to Black, Indigenous and Persons of Color.  It supports the creation, documentation or exhibition of art works that reflect, interpret, document or preserve the indigenous culture of Louisiana. Only Louisiana based individuals and non-profit organizations may apply. 



•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.   




All applications are reviewed and evaluated by a panel of Jazz & Heritage Board Members - not staff.  The Foundation adheres to a strict Conflict of Interest policy.  Panelists review applications solely based upon the merits of the application and eligibility requirements including: 

  • -Adherence to the Jazz & Heritage Foundation's mission - up to 10 points
  • -Artistic, educational or historic merit - up to 40 points 
  • -Community need and impact - up to 40 points
  • -FeasibIlity (sufficient budget and personnel) - up to 5 points
  • -Administration, staffing and budget - up to 5 points



Submit an application through our online application portal: Individuals can apply here.  Organizations can apply here. You will be prompted to log in. If you already have an account (as a member or past program participant), use your existing login information. If you do not have an account, you can quickly set one up before you begin your application.

The online form will take you through the two sections of the application:

  • -Profile - you must fill out a profile before proceeding to the application.  
  • -Application - select which category you would like to apply in and proceed to the application. 
  • -You can save and return to your application later to complete it. When you are satisfied with your responses, “Mark Complete” to submit your application. Once you have submitted the application, you cannot return to edit the form.
  • -Over the summer months, each application will be evaluated by the Review Committee and  awardees will be notified in late September* (date subject to change).  
  • -New: Service Provider Forms and Board Lists are no longer required to upload. 


Please read the category guidelines carefully before starting an application.  Staff members of the Jazz & Heritage Foundation will be happy to answer questions or explain the process before the August 6th deadline. Questions should be directed to, or by telephone at (504) 558-6108.

We will host Zoom Q&A's to answer your questions about the Community Partnership Grants program, the categories and guidelines, and the online application form. 

July 6th 

-Media & Documentation:  at 2:00 p.m.
-Louisiana Cultural Equity Arts:  at 3:00 p.m.
-Jazz & Heritage Presenting:  at 4:00 p.m

July 7th 

-Education After-School:  at 3:00 p.m.
-Education In-School:  at 4:00 p.m

To indicate your plans to attend, please RSVP using this online form.  You will automatically receive the Zoom invite after you submit the form.  

Can't make the Zoom meetings ?  No problem - we'll share the links to our Youtube channel by the following week.  

Feel free to email any questions ahead of time to .  If you would like to speak to someone, please call our offices at 504-558-6108.


 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 years, as a film supporter, I have known that the Jazz and Heritage Foundation Community Partnership grants were a key platform for support of documentary film and culture documentation in New Orleans - one of the only places that consistently provides seed, production and finishing funding for documentary filmmakers in New Orleans.  Today, as a filmmaker myself, I rely on the key support of the Community Partnership grants to move my doc projects forward - both the financial support and the stamp of approval that a JHFF grant confers - an acknowledgement that the work we are doing uplifts the culture and heritage of Louisiana and New Orleans." --Darcy McKinnon


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.

2019-2020 Final Report

2020-2021 Final Report


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