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Community Partnership Grants Applications Open Early
for School-Based Arts Programs

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the nonprofit that owns Jazz Fest, is opening one category of its annual grants program several months early in an effort to encourage more schools to apply.

Louisiana K-12 schools may apply for up to $5,000 to support arts education programs that take place at the schools between Sept. 1, 2018, and Aug. 31, 2019.

The deadline to apply is May 14.

Before submitting an application, read the complete guidelines here. http://www.jazzandheritage.org/files/program-documents/2018-2019_CPG_IN_SCHOOL_Education_Guidelines.1.31.18.pdf

To apply, set up a user account and complete the online application here. Only one application per school will be considered. https://new-orleans-jh.fluidreview.com/

The grant category now open is: “Jazz & Heritage In-School Educational Programs In Music, Arts and Cultural Traditions.”

New This Year:
• Applications for the grant category “Jazz & Heritage In-School Education Programs in Music, Arts and Cultural Traditions” are being made available in February, several months earlier than usual, in hopes of encouraging more schools to apply.
• In addition to programs that take place during the school day, after-school and summer programs are now eligible for funding in this grant category, provided that the programs take place at the applying school’s premises.
• Applications for the other three categories of the Community Partnership Grants program will be made available in March.

“One of our major goals is to continue to increase the amount of grant funding that we provide to the community,” said Don Marshall, Executive Director of the Jazz & Heritage Foundation.

“As an organization, we are very focused on the need to provide greater to support to arts programs in the school system,” he added. “So we want to do whatever possible to make our grants more accessible to school leaders and arts instructors, so that they will have an easier time applying. We hope that by making the grant applications available closer to the start of the spring semester, more educators will find out about them and have time to apply.”

Once you have read through the guidelines for the categories that interest you, please proceed to our online application portal. This is the only mechanism for submitting an application.

We will host two workshops to assist with the grant application process. These will be held:

Wednesday, April 16, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, May 9, 5 p.m.

They will take place at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center, 1225 N. Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 70116. Parking is available in the lot behind the building.

To indicate your plans to attend, please RSVP using this online form. https://jazzandheritagefoundation.wufoo.com/forms/community-grant-workshop-rsvp-april-16-and-may-9/

Please read the category guidelines carefully before starting an application. Staff members of the Jazz & Heritage Foundation will be happy to answer questions or explain the process before the July 1 deadline. Questions should be directed to Programs, Marketing & Communications, via e-mail, or by telephone at (504) 558-6100.

If you have received a Community Partnership Grant in the 2017-2018 grant cycle but have not yet submitted a final report, you have until Sept. 1 to get it in. You may still apply for a grant in the current cycle. But if we don't receive and approve any outstanding final reports by Sept. 1, any grants you may be allocated in the current cycle will be cancelled.

Grant recipients may access our Final Report forms in the Downloads section below. You may see lists of prior grant recipients in the Downloads section below.

In March, applications will be made available for the other three categories of Community Partnership Grants:

• Jazz & Heritage After-School and Summer Education Programs in Music, Arts and Cultural Traditions. This category supports after-school and summer educational arts programs offered by nonprofit organizations and Louisiana K-12 schools. Organizations may apply for money only to pay the professional service fees of the artists or educators who provide arts instruction. READ THE GUIDELINES HERE.http://www.jazzandheritage.org/files/program-documents/temp_file_2017-2018_CPG_ARFTER_SCHOOL_Education_Guidelines1.pdf

• Jazz & Heritage Presenting: Festivals and Concerts in Music and Performing Arts. This category supports employment for Louisiana performing artists by providing funding to Louisiana-based nonprofit arts organizations to help cover the cost of hiring Louisiana-based performers for festivals or other public cultural events in the state. Only arts-based nonprofits in Louisiana may apply. READ THE GUIDELINES HERE. http://www.jazzandheritage.org/files/program-documents/2017-2018_CPG_EVENT_PRESENTERS_Guidelines.pdf

• Jazz & Heritage Archive: Documentation and Preservation. This category supports the creation, documentation or exhibition of art works that reflect, interpret, document or preserve the indigenous culture of Louisiana. Individuals and non-profits may apply. Priority will be given to Louisiana-based applicants. READ THE GUIDELINES HERE. http://www.jazzandheritage.org/files/program-documents/2017-2018_CPG_DOCUMENTATION_Guidelines_REVISED.5.11.17.pdf