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Louisiana Decentralized Arts Fund Program (DAF) - Region 7

Grants to Northwest Louisiana Nonprofits, Schools and
Agencies for Specific Arts Projects and General Support

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Shreveport Regional Arts Council (SRAC) and the Louisiana Division of the Arts (LDOA)

Deadline Date:

06/28/19 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $7,500 to Northwest Louisiana nonprofit organizations, schools, and agencies for specific project assistance for a wide variety of arts and cultural related projects. Funding is intended to support programs with artistic value that meet specific community needs, and for organizational support, such as salaries, supplies, and utilities.

Decentralized Arts Funding (DAF) Program Goals
- Support arts programs and events that fulfill local community need.
- Strengthen arts organizations
- Encourage professional artists to undertake projects that have meaningful community involvement and build audiences for the arts
- Encourage a variety of public and private entities within each parish to sponsor arts and cultural activities including classical, contemporary, and traditional arts in eight artistic disciplines: dance, design arts, folklife, literature, media, music, theater, and visual arts
- Leverage additional local support for the arts
- Provide arts activities for community members who have limited arts experiences
- Provide funding for arts and cultural activities that are open to the public
- Introduce the standard grant writing practices and develop grants management skills
- Expand efforts to make the arts accessible to all parishes in Louisiana.

DAF Funding Priorities
- Must be an ART program: dance, design arts, folklife, literature, media, music, theatre, visual arts
- Demonstrate artistic merit and develop sustainable art projects and programs that will continue to enhance the region
- Reach a broad audience and deepen access to quality, interactive artistic experiences
- Promote Louisiana artists as well as artists who enhance the artistic and cultural goals of the state of Louisiana
- Currently grant funds must be used in the parish where awarded

There are two grant categories in the Decentralized Arts Funding Program: Project Assistance and Organizational Support. The grant categories are defined as:

Project Assistance:
Project Assistance provides funding for a wide variety of arts projects and programs with artistic value that meet specific community needs. Arts activities are supported within the eight recognized arts disciplines only. See Attachment in Supporting Documents below for the minimum and maximum grant amount that you may request for your parish.

Organizational Support:
Organizational Support is only available to arts organizations with 501(c)(3) status from the IRS. An arts organization is defined as one whose mission statement is to develop, promote, encourage, or present the arts to the public. Arts organizations are supported within the eight recognized disciplines only. Organizational support provides funding for operating expenses, such as salaries, supplies, and utilities of arts organizations. Up to 25% of the previous year's annual operating revenues and no more than the maximum amount set for each parish.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171925

Estimated Size of Grant:

Project Assistance Grants: $1,000-$7,500 grants

Term of Contract:

The Grant Activity Period begins October 1, 2019 and ends September 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
All applicants must apply in the parish in which the organization is domiciled and incorporated. The official domicile is the organization’s official address registered with the Louisiana Secretary of State and located in the parish indicated on the Certificate of Incorporation. All nonprofit organizations must be in good standing with the Louisiana Secretary of State and Louisiana Legislative Auditor to be considered eligible.
- Louisiana nonprofit tax-exempt organizations registered as nonprofit with the Louisiana Secretary of State, or with 501(c)(3) status with the IRS are eligible. Nonprofit status must be current and in good standing at the time of the application deadline.
- Local, parish, or state governmental agencies such as libraries or municipalities are eligible and are not required to submit proof of nonprofit status.
- Public or private schools and school boards (each school within a school system is considered a separate entity).
- Colleges or universities sponsoring activities (each university department is considered a separate entity) intended for community participation (not academic, credit-producing, or curriculum-oriented projects). Such activities must provide significant access and the probability of significant attendance by the general public.
- Project Assistance applicants who lack the legal status to be an applicant may apply using an eligible nonprofit organization to be a fiscal agent. The fiscal agent assumes legal and financial responsibility for the project.
- Individuals may apply for a Project Assistance grant by using an eligible nonprofit organization as a fiscal agent. The project must directly benefit the community and include community participation. The fiscal agent assumes legal and financial responsibility for the project.

Ineligible Applicants:
- Organizations receiving line item support from the state legislature. These organizations are ineligible to receive grants for arts programming related to those line items.
- Regional Arts Councils are not eligible to be an applicant or a paid provider of services on a grant.
- Organizations acting as a fiscal agent on behalf of an individual or organization are ineligible to be a paid provider of services on the same grant.
- Past grant recipients who are not in compliance with the Regional Arts Council, the Decentralized Arts Funding Program, or the Louisiana Division of the Arts.
- Any organization that is not in good standing with the Louisiana Secretary of State or the Louisiana Legislative Auditor.

For Program Ineligibility guidelines, and Items not Funded, please see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grant workshops are offered by each Regional Arts Council to help applicants develop and submit persuasive proposals. The workshops also cover grant categories, eligibility, application requirements, and tips on how to submit a competitive application. Please contact your Regional Arts Council for dates and times of workshops.

Pre-Application Information:

All grant applications must be submitted no later than Friday, June 28, 2019 at 5 pm. All DAF grant applications must be completed in the LDOA grant application system.

For 2019-2020, applicants must show a minimum of 50% cash match.

Applicants will be notified of their application status within a few weeks of the grant deadline.

Only one DAF grant application is allowed per applicant. The applicant must choose to apply for either Project Assistance OR Organizational Support.

Each region will set its own schedule for workshops, draft review, panel review meetings, and other steps in the grant process. Please contact the Community Development Coordinator at your Regional Arts Council for more information.

- DAF Grant:
- Region 7: Shreveport Regional Arts Council:
- DAF Application Instructional Video:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Region 7
Pam Atchison, Executive Director
Shreveport Regional Arts Council
801 Crockett St.
Shreveport, LA 71101
(318) 673-6500
(318) 673-6515 FAX

Haley Deshautelle, CDC

For questions about Grants available to Artists and Organizations hosting Arts Programs, please contact Madison Poche, or (318) 673-6500.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Louisiana: Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, DeSoto Lincoln, Natchitoches, Red River, Sabine, and Webster Parishes.