|OLG and DCRT
2014-15 through 2018-19
The Atchafalaya Heritage Area has been designated by Congress as a National Heritage Area.
Deadlines for FY17 grants:
|March 22, 2016, 5:00 pm CST||Supporting activities from July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018|
All applications must be submitted through the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development GO system by Friday, March 22, 2016 at 5:00 pm CST. To complete the application process, the deadline for receipt of the signed, printed signature page is Friday, March 25th in the Louisiana Division of the Arts office - PO Box 44247, Baton Rouge, LA 70804. Applications are accepted every other year for this grant.
Note: Additional information and definitions of terms can be found in the Arts Grants Glossary.
General Operating Support Grant Program (Formerly Stabilization)
The General Operating Support (GOS) Grant Program seeks to support nonprofit 501(c)3 arts organizations that help to create, present, and preserve the various unique arts resources that make up Louisiana. The GOS Program provides grants to arts organizations that have made an impact locally, statewide, regionally, nationally, or internationally. GOS grants provide general operating funds in three funding tiers. They are (1) Institution, (2) Advancement, and (3) Entry. Applicants compete within their tier of funding. GOS grant awards are for a two-year period. The grant activity period for Year 1 is July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017 and Year 2 is July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018. There will be one application for the two-year grant period, but a separate grant agreement for each year.
Goals and Objectives for the General Operating Support Grant Program
The Division of the Arts receives the application and verifies that it complies with Division of the Arts guidelines. Application deadlines will be strictly enforced and late applications will not be considered. The applicant's grants management track record is considered in all programs. Delinquent Final Reports may impact future eligibility. All eligible grant applications will be reviewed by an advisory panel.
The Louisiana Division of the Arts, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council uses advisory panels to assist in funding decisions. Panelists are experienced artists, administrators, and individuals knowledgeable in the arts, and are recommended by individuals, organizations, and the Division staff. The Council ratifies the selection of diverse panelists who reflect various geographic areas and appropriate areas of expertise. If you are interested in becoming a panelist, please click here.
The Review Panel will use the following evaluation criteria to select applicants to recommend for funding:
Funding Tiers and Matching Requirements
There are three levels, or tiers, of support within the GOS Program. These tiers are designed in relation to an organization's budget size. Your tier is determined by your organization budget for your last completed fiscal year. Please consult Division of the Arts staff if you have questions regarding your application tier. All grants to organizations require a nonstate match of at least 1:1. Grants are for two years of funding.
|Maximum Grant Request||Match Requirement|
|(1) Institution||$1 million or more||$40,000||1:3|
|(2) Advancement||$250,000 to $1 million||$20,000||1:2|
|(3) Entry||$30,000 to $250,000||$9,000||1:1|
Contact Director of Grants and Community Programs Paula White, 225-342-8175, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For All Applicants:
Grants will not be awarded below $1,000. In developing an application, we urge you to consider the level of recent awards. Applicants whose grants are recommended for less than the requested amount will be asked to submit a revised budget with your contract.
Allowable Matching Funds
Contributions are allowable as part of the grantee's match when they are:
Ineligible Source and Use of Matching Funds
Eligible applicants generally are:
Eligible applicants generally:
Ineligible applicants for grants generally fall into the following categories:
Organizations receiving General Operating Support funding may not receive Decentralized Arts Funding (DAF) General Operating funding in the same fiscal year. Please call the Division of the Arts staff for clarifications specific to your organization.
The Louisiana State Arts Council has adopted an accumulated deficit policy to ensure that institutions receiving funding demonstrate sufficient fiscal stability to insure their continued existence. An organization, that has increased or failed to reduce an operating or capital budget deficit for three consecutive years prior to the deadline is not eligible to apply for a Division grant unless the organization has ended the most recent fiscal year with a balanced budget and can:
Each organization that is awarded a two-year General Operating Support grant will be required to submit an Interim Report due May 1, 2017 in order to receive final payment for Year 1 in the grant period. A final report will be due on May 1, 2018 for Year 2 in the grant period.
Under these guidelines, funding is not available for:
January 20, 2016
General Operating Support Guidelines Available Online
January 29, 2016
General Operating Support Grant Applications Available Online
February 22, 2016
Draft Receipt Deadline: Your program officer will give feedback to a draft application.
March 15, 2016, 5:00 pm CST
March 25, 2016, 5:00 pm CST
Receipt of Application Signature Page Deadline
Grant Review Panels
June 13, 2016
Panel Comments & Recommendations
June 27, 2016
Louisiana State Arts Council Grant Recommendations & Appeals Review
Grant Award Notices & Contract
May 1, 2017
Interim Report Due For Year 1
How to Contact Us
Louisiana Division of the Arts
Office of Cultural Development
Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism
Office of the Lieutenant Governor
State of Louisiana
Main Phone Line: 225.342.8200
Questions about Grants?
Mailing Address (for US Postal Service only)
P.O. Box 44247
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-4247
Physical Address (for all couriers other than the US Postal Service)
Capitol Annex Building
1051 NorthThird Street
4th Floor-Suite 405
Baton Rouge, LA 70802-5239
Monday-Friday, 8 am - 5 pm
Directions to the Division Office