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2018-19 Platforms Fund Grants

Grants to New Orleans, Louisiana Individual
Artists for Innovative Artistic Initiatives

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Platforms Fund

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

01/31/18 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Greater New Orleans, Louisiana individual artists for self-organized artistic initiatives such as interactive exhibitions, public art projects, or other projects that emphasize the resiliency, creativity, and collaboration in the New Orleans community.

Eligible projects:

-Projects that are initiated by individuals currently residing in the Greater New Orleans area
-Projects that take place within the Greater New Orleans region (Orleans, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson, and St. Tammany Parishes or within a 50-mile radius of New Orleans in Louisiana)
-Projects that have a strong visual arts component
-Projects organized and implemented by (but not limited to) visual or performance artists, curators, writers, cultural organizers, collectives, collaboratives, or artist-run spaces
-Projects that are open and accessible to the public at large
-Projects that are innovative to the New Orleans area

Preference will be given to projects that achieve one or more of the following:

-Exemplify core values of creativity, collaboration, or resiliency
-Develop an innovative or unconventional approach to an idea
-Benefit others outside of the applicant(s)


-Interactive and/or participatory exhibitions
-Public art projects such as murals, outdoor sculptures, or installations with a temporary or permanent physical presence
-Screenings, performances, parades, and/or festivals with a strong visual arts component
-Publications, including books, zines, and digital publications
-Temporary or ongoing physical or online presenting spaces
-Projects that take an innovative approach to engagement or collaboration with traditional indigenous cultural practitioners
-Projects that partner with an out-of-town artist or cultural practitioner to present in the Greater New Orleans region

Please note: You should seek funding only after you have a strong concept, timeline, and list of people or organizations you might be working with. Funding is intended for solid, feasible projects: you should try to prove in your application that your project can actually happen. The more you have worked out before you apply, the better.

Funds may be used to pay artist fees or stipends and to purchase equipment that is necessary for the development of your project. You can still apply for a Platforms Fund grant if your project will make money.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177595

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded. The Platforms Fund will award a small number of research-and-development grants in the amount of $1500 each to support projects in their earliest stages. Research-and-development grantees will be eligible to apply for up to $3500 in the next grant cycle to help actualize their projects.

Term of Contract:

Funded projects must commence between April 1, 2018 and April 1, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

-Projects that are initiated by individuals currently residing in the Greater New Orleans area (Orleans, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson, St. Tammany Parishes or within a 50 mile radius of New Orleans in Louisiana)

Ineligible projects:

-Projects organized by existing incorporated businesses (includes LLCs, B Corps, state non-profits, 501(c)(3) organizations, and 501(c)(4) organizations), universities or schools (private, public, charter), religious institutions*
-Projects initiated by students (where the lead applicant is a student)
-Projects seeking to get support retroactively or seeking reimbursement
-Projects that have previously received a Platforms Fund grant and projects led by artists who received funding during the 2017–18 grant cycle

Please note: Artist-led projects can partner with otherwise excluded incorporated businesses (see above), but the project must be distinct and separate from that organization’s regular programming. If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact the Platforms Fund team in advance of applying.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Public Sessions

Wednesday, December 13, 5:30 PM
Public Information Session: “Ethical and Effective Grantwriting for Platforms and Beyond”
Pelican Bomb Gallery X
1612 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70113

Thursday, January 11, 7:00 PM
Public Information Session: “The Anatomy of a Budget”
Antenna’s Paper Machine
6330 St. Claude Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70117

Tuesday, January 23, 6:00 PM
Public Information Session: Budget Workshop
Ashé Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70113

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due January 31, 2018 by 11:59 PM. Selections will be announced on March 15, 2018.

One-on-one assistance is available for guidance or feedback on any aspect of the application process (e.g. using an online submission service, making a budget, writing a narrative). Please make an appointment ahead of time with Jo Ann Minor for one-on-one assistance. Please note that individual assistance will only be available before 5:00 PM on the application’s due date.

The Fund can accept projects that have already begun. It cannot, however, accept already finished projects that are seeking reimbursement.

You can only be a lead applicant on one application per grant cycle. If you have affiliations with any other projects seeking funding or who have previously received funding, you must disclose those affiliations.

Contact Information:

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

To apply online:

Jo Ann Minor
Phone: 504 569 9070

Platforms Fund
c/o Antenna
3718 St. Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Louisiana: The Greater New Orleans region: Orleans, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson, St. Tammany Parishes or within a 50 mile radius of New Orleans in Louisiana