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Grants to Louisiana Nonprofits, Schools, and IHEs for Arts Projects in Eligible Locations

Calcasieu Parish Police Jury (CPPJ) Grant

GrantWatch ID# 179092
Agency: Local

Funding Source
Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana (SWLA) and Calcasieu Parish Police Jury
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Geographic Focus
USA: Louisiana: Calcasieu Parish

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/24/23 5:00 PM Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $5,000 to Louisiana nonprofit organizations, school boards, schools, and institutions of higher education in eligible locations for arts and cultural projects. Funding is intended for programs and projects in the following arts disciplines: dance, design arts, folklife, literature, media, music, theater, and visual arts and crafts. All applicants must be domiciled within Calcasieu Parish.

Funded annually by the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, this grant program ensures a high quality of programming and events for the area to encourage the continued growth of the arts in the community through a competitive grant process. As applicants compete only with other organizations in the parish, decisions about cultural priorities are made locally. 

The goals of the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury 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 that have had limited arts experiences; 
  • Provide funding for the arts and cultural activities that are open to the public; 
  • Introduce the grant process and develop grant writing skills. 

To encourage diversity among grant applications, no more than fifteen percent (15%) of the total re-grant amount to be distributed by the Arts & Humanities Council shall be allocated toward any number of projects with similar nature or theme.

For Project Assistance Project Ideas, see page 8 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents below.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
All applicants must be domiciled within Calcasieu Parish. Applicants may not apply for projects that will occur outside of Calcasieu Parish. The official domicile is the applying organization’s official address registered Louisiana Secretary of State and is indicated on the Certificate of Incorporation. All nonprofit organizations must be in good standing with the Louisiana Secretary of State. To check your organization’s domicile address, visit

Eligible applicants:
- Nonprofit Arts Organizations
- Nonprofit Organizations
- Schools and School Boards
- Colleges and Universities
- Individuals (with Fiscal Agent)

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 nonprofit corporations with the Louisiana Secretary of State.
- Public or private schools and school boards. Each school within a school system is considered a separate entity.
- Colleges of 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.
- Individuals and organizations lacking the legal status to be an applicant may apply by using an eligible nonprofit organization as a fiscal agent for projects that directly benefit the community and includes community participation. This is not a fellowship or award of merit. The fiscal agent assumes legal and financial responsibility.

Ineligible Applicants:
- Any organization domiciled outside of Calcasieu Parish or organizations applying for projects occurring outside of Calcasieu Parish.
- 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.
- Any organization with an annual operative budget of more than $250,000.
- Local, parish, or state government agencies such as libraries or municipalities.
- Past grant recipients who are not in compliance with the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury 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 non-compliant.

Pre-Proposal Conference
For a list of Ineligible Activities, see page 6 of the Guidelines document in Supporting Documents below.

Pre-Application Information
FY 2023-2024 Grant Timeline (Current Grant Cycle)
- March 3, 2023: Application and guidelines become available online.
- March 24, 2023: Applications due via email by 5 p.m.
- TBA: Grant panel review session at 10 am.
- April 1, 2023: Grant activity period begins.
- March 31, 2024: Grant activity period ends.

Eligible organizations may apply for one Project Assistance grant for a specific arts project.

Estimated Size of Grant
Grant request is $500 minimum and $5,000 maximum per application.

Term of Contract
Grant Activity Period: April 1, 2023, to March 31, 2024

Contact Information
Submit applications to Jordan Gribble, Community Development Coordinator, at

Contact Jordan Gribble at the email address above or call (337) 439-2787 to schedule an appointment.

Arts & Humanities Council of SWLA
Kirby St., Suite 202
Lake Charles, LA 70601

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