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Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG) Arts and Culture Funding Program

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Acadiana Center for the Arts (AcA) - Community Development Department

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Deadline Date:

08/09/22 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 to assist organizations that are committed to presenting public arts and culture activities, ensuring community accessibility, and targeting diverse populations. Eligible applicants are 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 in the community, especially to people with otherwise limited opportunities
  • To increase efforts for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility to the arts
  • To encourage new initiatives and expand existing programming

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 foodways 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

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 artworks. This list offers possible suggestions, but is not to be considered exhaustive. Applicants are not limited to selecting a project from this list and are encouraged to contact the office to discuss potential projects prior to submitting. 

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:

Upcoming funding period: November 1, 2022 – October 5, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are non-profit arts and culture organizations based in Lafayette Parish, whose purpose is to develop, promote, encourage, and/or present arts and culture to the public.

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

The following are ineligible to apply:
- Individuals
- For-profit businesses
- Non-profit arts and culture organizations receiving line item support from Lafayette Consolidated Government
- Non-Compliant past grant recipients
- Any organization that is not in good standing with the Louisiana Secretary of State, or the Louisiana Legislative Auditor.
- Any applicant who does not have an active Federal Employer ID number at the time of application submission.

The program will not fund:
- Capital expenditures
- 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

Project grants will not fund operational support or the purchase of equipment.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A Program Information Session will be held on Tuesday, July 19, 2022, at 11 am.

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Pre-Application Information:

- Submissions Open: Sunday, July 10, 2022
- Program Information Session: 11 am, Tuesday, July 19, 2022
- Draft Review Deadline: Tuesday, July 26, 2022, by 5:00 pm
- Application Deadline: Friday, August 9, 2022, submitted via the online form by 5:00 pm
- Notification Date: Late October
- Mandatory Compliance Meeting: Thursday, October 27, 2022, at 2:00 pm

All applicants are encouraged to contact the Community Development Department to discuss eligibility prior to submitting an application.

A draft of your application may be submitted for review in advance of the deadline, but no later than 5 pm on Tuesday, July 26, 2022.

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

Applicants are encouraged to submit supplemental materials to include, but are not limited to: letters of support, resumes/biographies for projected artists, budget details, samples of work, and brochures.

Contact Information:

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

Project Grant Application:

Operations Grant Application:

Direct questions to (337) 233-7060, or contact Gwen Richard at or Anna Kojevnikov at

Acadiana Center for the Arts
101 W. Vermilion St.
Lafayette, LA 70501

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USA: Louisiana: Lafayette Parish

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