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Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG) Arts and Culture Funding Program

Grants to Louisiana Arts and Cultural Nonprofits in Eligible
Locations for Projects and General Operating Expenses

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Acadiana Center for the Arts (AcA)

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Deadline Date:

08/21/20 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Louisiana nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in eligible locations for projects and general operating expenses. Funding is intended for organizations whose purpose is to develop, promote, encourage, and present arts and culture to the public, to ensure community accessibility, and to target diverse populations. Organizations must be based in Lafayette Parish.

Purpose of the program:

  • To foster a vital and resourceful arts community
  • To increase opportunities for local artists
  • To develop larger and more diverse audiences for arts activities
  • To expand access to arts experiences to the community, especially to people with otherwise limited opportunities
  • To encourage new initiatives and expand existing programming

Two grant types are available:

Operations Grant:

  • An Operations Grant may be used for expenses such as professional salaries, employee benefits, transportation, supplies and materials, telephone, utilities, postage, travel and meetings, rent, equipment/maintenance, and insurance.

Project Grant: 

  • Projects can include - but are not limited to: performances, exhibits, classes, workshops, technical assistance, and the creation of new art works. This list offers possible suggestions, but is not to be considered exhaustive. Applicants are not limited to selecting a project from this list.
  • Recognized Arts Disciplines:
    • Dance - Ballet, modern, jazz, ethnic dance
    • Design Arts - Architecture, interior design, industrial design, graphic design, fashion design
    • Folklife - Performing traditions (music, dance, storytelling) and traditional arts & crafts (occupational, festive, and food ways traditions)
    • Literature - Poetry, fiction, creative non- fiction
    • Media - Film, video, radio, related media
    • Music - Band, chamber, choral, ethnic, jazz, new, opera, orchestral, popular, solo/recital
    • Theater - Community theater, puppetry, mime, storytelling
    • Visual Arts and Crafts - Drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, glass, ceramics, fiber, wood, metal, mixed media, art in public places

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173503

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant request is $1,000 and the maximum is $5,000.

Term of Contract:

The current funding period is November 1, 2020 – October 5, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Non-profit arts and culture organizations based in the eligible Parish, whose purpose is to develop, promote, encourage and/or present arts and culture to the public, to insure community accessibility, and to target diverse populations are eligible to apply.

Applicant organizations must also meet the following requirements:
- Tax-exempt under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code
- In existence for at least one year
- Governed by a Board of Directors that meets at least quarterly

Operations grant will not fund:
- Capital expenditures, unless request will completely fund, or fund "last dollars" required for, capital expenditure
- Scholarships, fellowships, or tuition assistance
- Deficit reduction
- Costs incurred before the effective date of the contract or after the project is complete
- Competitions, pageants, fund-raising events, or hospitality costs
- Individuals
- Administrative costs not associated with the organization
- Events not open to the public
- Organizations currently receiving direct support from Lafayette City-Parish Consolidated Government

In addition to the above, project grants will not fund:
- The purchase of equipment
- Operational support

Pre-proposal Conference:

Attend a FREE Virtual Grant Application Assistance Workshop on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 10:00 am via WebEx.

Arts and Culture Grant Writing Workshop,
Hosted by Nick Clardy

Wednesday, Jul 22, 2020 10:00 am | 2 hours | (UTC-05:00) Central Time (US & Canada)

Meeting number: 160 560 3441

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Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: August 21, 2020 by 4:00pm

There is no cash match. In-kind support is not mandatory, but strengthens an application.

If a grant is awarded, the organization will receive 75% of the grant award, no sooner than thirty (30) days prior to the start of the project. The remaining 25% will be available after the Final Report has been received and approved. The Final Report is due thirty (30) days after the completion of the project; if the report is not received within sixty (60) days, the remaining 25% is forfeited. All grant materials must be retained for three (3) years following the termination of the grant project.

Contact Information:

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

Submit Application:
Acadiana Center for the Arts
Community Development Department
101 W. Vermilion St.
Lafayette, LA 70501

For more information or to receive technical assistance with the application, prior to the submission deadline, contact:
Gwen Richard, Community Development Director for the Acadiana Center for the Arts
337.233.7060 ext. 227

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