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Grants to Louisiana Artists in Eligible Locations for Professional Development



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Funding Source
Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Louisiana: Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, or Vermilion Parishes

Important Dates
Conference Date: 01/16/24
Deadline: 02/23/24 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $10,000 to Louisiana individual artists in eligible locations for career and professional development efforts. Funding is intended for short-term projects that give artists the opportunity to advance professionally, and to provide them with encouragement and support in the creation of new works. The goal of the program is to help new, mid-career, and mature artists residing in Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, or Vermilion Parishes.
Program Focus: 
  • To provide opportunities for artists in Acadiana based on artistic excellence that reflects and represents the diversity of the region.
  • To provide encouragement and support to artists in the creation of new artworks, participation in special initiative art projects, and the expansion of existing arts programming, especially to those artists and communities with otherwise limited opportunities
  • To assist artists with expenses related to the creation of new work and to develop their artistry more fully through professional development opportunities (such as seminars, workshops, etc.) 
  • To foster a vital and resourceful arts community, which promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility
  • To assist in the development of larger and more diverse audiences for arts activities
  • To increase economic opportunities for the artist/applicant from the production of the work either directly or indirectly
  • To impact economic development in Acadiana through the creation of new works of art by hiring other artists/service providers for the project
  • To holistically support artists in their personal economic success via business entrepreneurship and career development opportunities presented by Opportunity Machine

The program will fund:

  • The professional development, creation, and presentation of new artistic works for individual artists in Acadiana
  • Purchasing supplies, materials, and equipment necessary to complete the proposed artwork (associated with the application), for $1,000 or less
  • Costs associated with producing a performance (budget may not reflect any payment to AcA, including facility rental)
  • Costs associated with career/professional development (attending seminars, workshops, etc.) within and outside of Acadiana (determined on a case-by-case basis)
  • A maximum of 10% of the awarded amount can be used on marketing the project.

For information about community outreach, see:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
To be considered for this program, the applicant must:
● Be an individual artist working as the lead artist of the proposed project
● Working in one of the following artistic disciplines: visual arts, craft, traditional arts/folklife, photography, performing arts, literary arts, film, media arts or interdisciplinary arts
● Be a practicing artist, defined as one who is dedicated to producing artwork on a regular basis, typically paid for their work or earning a portion of their living from their creative work
● Be 18 years of age or older by April 1st, 2024 (the first day of the current cycle)
● Be a resident of Acadiana’s 8-parish region (Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, or Vermilion Parishes) and expect to maintain residency in the region during the award period
● Be a US Citizen with a Social Security number that will be provided upon notification of a grant award

The applicant will be deemed ineligible if they:
- Are a current board member, major funder, current panelist, or staff member, or immediate family member of such a person of Lafayette Economic Development Authority, Opportunity Machine, or the Acadiana Center for the Arts
-Are applying on behalf of any organization, collective, company, band, group, and/or ensemble, or part of a collaborative team
- Previously received an ArtSpark Individual Artist Award within the last 2 years (applicants must wait two (2) full cycles before reapplying. For example, artists who received funding in 2021 can apply in 2024)
- Are enrolled in full-time study from April 1st, 2024 (unless completing higher education degree by July 1, 2024. This does not apply to graduate students)

This program will not fund:
- Direct payment to the artist/applicant for services related to the production of the artwork
- Capital expenditures over $500 (large ticket items, such as a computer, guitar, etc.)
- Travel for the applicant/artist within or outside of Acadiana
- Debts unrelated to this program/project
- Costs incurred outside of the funding cycle dates i.e. April 1, 2024, to December 1, 2024
- College or graduate school art projects, or costs associated with tuition
- Operational support
- Competitions, pageants, fundraising events, or hospitality costs.
- Rental of any property owned by any individuals or entities affiliated with the non-Federal entity for purposes such as a home office workspace is unallowable.
- Costs of goods for resale are unallowable. This includes the sale of concessions, promotional merchandise, including clothing, or items purchased for sale, even if related to your programming. It also includes any associated staffing or facilities costs. However, costs of items that are produced as part of the approved project activity (e.g. publishing books or exhibition catalogs, or making recordings or films for distribution) and that are incurred during the period of performance are allowable
- All other costs that are unallowable per 2 CFR 200 and other federal laws

Pre-Proposal Conference
Award Information Session: Tuesday, January 16, 2024, 5:30pm. This session will be hybrid. Register here:

Office Hours & Artist Round Up
- A member of the grants administration team, as well as previously successful applicants, will be available to advise you on your projects and application process during these region-wide office hours.
- You will be amongst other potential applicants doing the same in a pleasant and supportive work atmosphere! BYO laptops and writing utensils. For details on times and locations, see the Full Grant Text RFP.

Pre-Application Information
- Funding Cycle: April 1, 2024 to December 1, 2024
- Applications Open: Monday, January 8, 2024
- Award Information Session: Tuesday, January 16, 2024, 5:30pm. This session will be hybrid. - Register here Office Hours: January and February 2024 (see schedule below)
- Draft Review Deadline: Sunday, February 11, 2024 via email to Anna or Gwen
- Application Deadline: Friday, February 23, 2024, submitted via the online form by 5:00pm. You may submit only one (1) application.
- Notification Date: Week of March 25, 2024

A draft of your application may be submitted for review in advance of the deadline, but no later than Sunday, February 11, 2024. For instructions for how to send a draft see the Full Grant Text RFP.

To receive assistance prior to the application deadline please contact Anna Kojevnikov or Gwen Richard.

It is recommended that artists set up an artist profile on to present their work samples.

Estimated Size of Grant
Emerging Artist ( < 5 years): $1,000 - $2,500
Mid-Career Artist (5 - 15 years): $2,500 - $5,000
Mature Artist (> 15 years): $5,000 - $10,000

Term of Contract
April 1, 2024 - December 1, 2024

Contact Information
Apply online at the Full Grant Text RFP: Click on 'ArtSpark Application 2024'.

Please direct inquiries to

Send draft reviews to Anna Kojevnikov at the email address above or to Gwen Richard at

Acadiana Center for the Arts
101 W Vermilion St.
Lafayette, LA 70501
337.233.7060 (P)
337.233.7062 (F)

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