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Grants to Louisiana Cultural Nonprofits for Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Efforts

Emergency Mitigation and Preparedness Grant


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Geographic Focus
USA: Louisiana

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/06/23 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $10,000 to Louisiana nonprofit cultural organizations to prepare for and recover from natural disasters and emergencies. Funding is intended for a wide range of activities and expenses, including emergency plan development, consultations, staff training, and physical repairs. Organizations reaching underserved populations are particularly encouraged to apply.

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH), with the support of the State of Louisiana, is offering grant opportunities to support cultural organizations in ongoing efforts to mitigate previous impacts from emergency events and prepare for future threats. 

Purpose: Natural disasters, like hurricanes, floods, and a range of other types of emergency events, pose serious threats to Louisiana’s critical cultural infrastructure. The Emergency Mitigation and Preparedness Grant will help organizations better prepare for and respond to potential threats, reducing vulnerability and putting in place clear and current strategies for mitigating the effects of future emergencies. 

Allowable costs must clearly and directly support emergency mitigation and preparedness activities that will reduce the effects of past or future natural disaster damage. Examples include (but are not limited to):

  • Hire consultants to develop, update, or guide grantee staff in developing written emergency plans;
  • Underwrite staff time to create, update, and implement written emergency plans;
  • Support staff training, such as workshops or other professional development opportunities, directly related to emergency planning and implementation; 
  • Coverage or partial coverage of insurance storm deductible;
  • IT support to underwrite moving servers and other local systems vulnerable to onsite flooding to the cloud; and 
  • Physical repairs or improvements that reduce vulnerability.

Please note:

  1. If your organization does not currently have an emergency plan in place or in development, a portion of the proposed budget should be allocated to plan development. If your organization did not receive a 2023 Emergency Planning Grant, you may request emergency planning costs of up to $5,000
  2. If your organization received a 2023 Emergency Planning Grant, your proposed budget under this grant may not include planning costs. Proposed costs may focus on plan implementation and execution efforts but may not duplicate costs covered by your active grant.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Humanities-based organizations operating within the sixty-four parishes of Louisiana are eligible to apply. Organizations must be nonprofits with 501(c)(3) status; public-facing organizations operating within accredited institutions of higher learning; state and local government agencies; or state and federally recognized Native American tribal governments in Louisiana.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Feel free to register for one of the following two Q&A sessions: Wednesday, November 8, at 11 a.m. or Thursday, November 16, at 2 p.m.

To register:

Pre-Application Information
The grant application is open now and will close on December 6, 2023, at 11:59 p.m.

Estimated Size of Grant
Organizations may request up to $10,000 to cover allowable costs.

Term of Contract
The one-year period of performance may begin as late as 45 days from the date the award is made.

Contact Information
Apply online:

If you have questions about 2024 Emergency Mitigation and Preparedness Grants or if you
would like to schedule some time to discuss your plans, applicants are encouraged to contact Director of Grants Erin Voisin at

Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
938 Lafayette Street, Suite 300 New Orleans, LA 70113
504.523.4352 |

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