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Grants to Louisiana Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, Schools, and Individuals for Arts Projects and Programs in Eligible Regions

Lake Charles Partnership Grant Program


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Funding Source
Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana
and City of Lake Charles
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Geographic Focus
USA: Louisiana: City of Lake Charles

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/16/24 5:00 PM Electronic Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $3,000 to Louisiana nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, and IHEs for arts and cultural programs that benefit residents in eligible regions. Funding may be requested for general support or project assistance. Eligible arts disciplines include literature, media, music, dance, design arts, folklife, theatre, visual arts and crafts, and multidiscipline. Applicants applying for assistance with a project must hold that project in Lake Charles, and applicants applying for organizational support must be domiciled in Lake Charles.

Mission: The Lake Charles Partnership Grant Program aims to make the arts more readily available by providing local artists, nonprofit organizations, and community groups the opportunity to develop arts programs that meet local community needs.

Goals: The goals of the Lake Charles Partnership Grant Program are to:

  • Strengthen arts organizations;
  • Encourage professional artists to undertake projects that have meaningful community involvement and build audiences for the arts;
  • Encourage a variety of nonprofit organizations to sponsor arts and cultural activities including classical, contemporary, and traditional arts in eight disciplines;
  • Leverage additional local support for the arts;
  • Provide arts activities to groups which have had limited arts experiences;
  • Provide funding for the arts and cultural activities that are open to the public;
  • Introduce the grants process and develop grant writing skills.

There are two (2) grant categories for the Lake Charles Partnership Grant Program:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The following types of organizations may apply for funds:
- Louisiana nonprofit tax-exempt organizations. Organizations without nonprofit tax-exempt status from the IRS must be registered as a nonprofit corporation with the Louisiana Secretary of State.
- Local, parish, or state governmental agencies, such as libraries.
- 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 public.
- Organizations lacking the legal status to be an applicant may apply using an eligible nonprofit organization as a fiscal agent. The fiscal agent assumes legal and financial responsibility.
- Individuals may apply by using an eligible nonprofit organization as a fiscal agent for projects developed by an individual but directly benefits the community and includes community participation. This is not a fellowship or award of merit. The fiscal agent assumes legal and financial responsibility for the project. See fiscal agent requirements below.

Fiscal Agent Requirements:
- Organizations may serve as a fiscal agent for only ONE other applicant – termed sub-applicant – in addition to their own application.
- Fiscal agents must be domiciled in the Lake Charles city limits.
- Fiscal agents may not serve as a provider of service within the same project.

Applicants applying for organizational support must be domiciled in Lake Charles.

All nonprofit organizations must be in good standing with the Louisiana Secretary of State to receive a grant.

Ineligible to apply:
- Any applicant applying for project assistance whose project is taking place outside of Lake Charles, and any applicant applying for organizational support who is not domiciled in Lake Charles.
- The Arts & Humanities Council of SWLA is not eligible to be an applicant or a paid provider of services on a grant application. Those members of the board of directors of the Arts & Humanities Council should not submit a grant application on behalf of other agencies, groups, or individuals.
- Organizations using the Arts & Humanities Council as their current fiscal agent.
- Past grant recipients who are not in compliance with the Lake Charles Partnership Grant Program or any other grant program administered by the Arts & Humanities Council. Any organization that has failed to submit the proper paperwork to the Arts & Humanities Council for a previous grant is considered noncompliant.

For information about ineligible expenses, see

Pre-Application Information
Application with original signed documents (or electronic signatures) must be received via email by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 16, 2024.

Timeline for Fiscal Year 2024-2025 (Current Grant Cycle)
- Applications & Guidelines Become Available Online: January 8, 2024
- Grant Applications Due: Due via email February 16, 2024
- Grant Panel Review Session; Date subject to change: March 1, 2024
- Grant Activity Begins: April 1, 2024
- Grant Activity Ends: March 31, 2025
- Final Report Deadline: Hard deadline for submitting final reports or 30 days after project ends, whichever comes first

Applicants may submit up to two grant applications, if desired:
• Two Project Assistance grants, or
• One Project Assistance grant and one Organizational Support grant.

No cash or in-kind match is required; however, a match demonstrates community involvement in and commitment to the project and is taken into consideration by the community review panels.

Estimated Size of Grant
Project Assistance: Grant request is $500 minimum and $3,000 maximum per application.

Organizational Support: Can request up to 25% of the previous year’s operating expenses with maximum $3,000.

Term of Contract
Activity Period: April 1, 2024 -March 31, 2025

Contact Information
Submit applications via email to

Free assistance with your grant application is provided by the Arts & Humanities Council prior to submission. Contact Erica Barrios, Community Development Coordinator, for questions and assistance.

Arts & Humanities Council of SWLA
Central School Arts & Humanities Center
809 Kirby Street, Suite 202
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Tel: (337) 439-2787

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