Community Partnership Grants - Current Grant Cycle

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Distributing checks for Community Partnership Grants. (Photo: Bruce France)

Distributing checks for Community Partnership Grants. (Photo: Bruce France)

Reinvesting the proceeds from Jazz Fest directly into the community.

2018-2019 Grant Cycle

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the nonprofit that owns Jazz Fest, has completed the review process in four categories of the Community Partnership Grants program for the 2018-2019 grant cycle. All grant recipients in this year's grant cycle have been notified. Grant awards will be presented on Oct. 25 and Oct. 26.

Applications for the 2019-2020 grant cycle will be made available in April 2019.

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. To date, more than $4.5 million has been awarded in Community Partnership Grants.

In the 2018-2019 grant cycle, we received 309 applications, of which 273, or 88 percent, were awarded funding. The total amount awarded was $807,350. The average grant award was $2,957.33. In 2017-2018, 285 grant applicants (88 percent of those who applied) received funding. We distributed a total of $800,908, for an average of $2,810.46 per grant.

We accept requests for funding 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 for the 2018-2019 grant cycle was May 14. Activities funded by these grants must occur between Sept. 1, 2018, and Aug. 31, 2019 and must take place in Louisiana.

We offer grants of up to $5,000 in four categories:

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. READ THE GUIDELINES HERE.
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. READ THE GUIDELINES HERE.
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. READ THE GUIDELINES HERE.
Jazz & Heritage Archive: Documentation and Preservation. 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. READ THE GUIDELINES HERE.

For all categories, 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.

Carefully read the category guidelines at, and then follow this link to our online application portal.

WHAT’S NEW IN 2018-2019?
School-based after-school programs now allowed in “In-School” category: After-school band or other arts enrichment programs are now eligible for funding in the category called “In-School Education Programs in Music, Arts and Cultural Traditions,” so long as those programs are offered by the applying school (and not an outside service provider) and take place on the applying school’s campus.

Provide Your Own Budget: To simplify our application, we have eliminated the budget worksheet that previously has been part of the application form. Now applicants are required to upload their own detailed, one-page budget that provides specifics on all of the actual and anticipated revenues and expenses for the applicants’ project. A blank Excel spreadsheet budget form may be downloaded from the Downloads section below.  A sample budget form is available here.

Proof of Grant Status: In the past we have allowed applicants to claim grants from other sources as part of their matching funds. Now we require applicants to provide proof that such grants have been awarded.

Service Provider Forms: In recent years we simplified our application by eliminating the requirement that applicants complete a Service Provider Form to show who is being paid with Jazz & Heritage grant funds. We are now making the Service Provider Form required again, in two categories: Jazz & Heritage Presenting: Festivals and Concerts in Music; and Jazz & Heritage Archive: Documentation and Preservation. The forms can be obtained from the Downloads section below and should be uploaded to accompany the application through the online portal. Download or complete and upload as many forms as necessary.

Conflict of Interest Policy: We now require all applicants to affirm that they are not employees of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc., or Festival Productions, Inc. – New Orleans, or members of the foundation’s Board of Directors, Advisory Council, Past Presidents’ Senate or Honors Council.

Copies for Archive: We are now making explicit something that has long been implied. For all grant recipients in the category Jazz & Heritage Archive: Documentation and Preservation, copies of the finished product must be provided to the Jazz & Heritage Foundation Archive.

All Grant Funds Spent in Louisiana: Only one of our grant categories, Jazz & Heritage Archive: Documentation and Preservation, allows applications from non-Louisiana residents. We are tightening our guidelines to require that any Jazz & Heritage grant funds awarded in that category must be spent in Louisiana. (This has long been a requirement in our other three categories.)

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 May 14 deadline. Questions should be directed to Programs, Marketing & Communications, via e-mail here, or by telephone at (504) 558-6100.

We hosted two workshops to answer questions about the Community Partnership Grants program, the categories and guidelines, and the online application form. These were held:

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

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

Both workshops will be held in the auditorium of the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center, located at 1225 N. Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 70116. Parking is available in the lot behind the building.

If you have received a Community Partnership Grant in the 2017-2018 grant cycle but have not yet submitted a final report, you have until Sept. 1 to get it in. You may still apply for a grant in the current cycle. But if we don't receive and approve any outstanding final reports by Sept. 1, any grants you may be allocated in the current cycle will be cancelled. Final Report forms are available in the Downloads section below.

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,

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Links & Downloads:

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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.


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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