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 13, 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.
Full details on the application, criteria for review, and more can be found at communitypartnershipgrants.org.
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.
Need application help? The Foundation will be hosting two Zoom Q&A sessions the first week of July. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephone at (504) 558-6108.
The Zoom Q&A session is meant to answer questions about the Community Partnership Grants program, the categories and guidelines, and the online application form.
-Media & Documentation: at 2:00 p.m.
-Louisiana Cultural Equity Arts: at 3:00 p.m.
-Jazz & Heritage Presenting: at 4:00 p.m
-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 - the links will be posted to the Foundation's Youtube channel by the following week.
Feel free to email any questions ahead of time to email@example.com. If you would like to speak to someone, please call their offices at 504-558-6108.