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Applications & Guidelines

The Louisiana Cultural Districts Program opens for new applications and boundary changes once a year.
All applications must be submitted through the new portal located at If you will be applying for certification or boundary expansion, it is recommended that you first set up a meeting with the Director of Civic Design & Cultural Districts, Francesca Vega ( 


Local governments may designate a geographic area and apply to the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism for certification as a Cultural District.

Potential applicants should review the guidelines carefully for program specifications and application procedures including:

  • Criteria for certification
  • Important details about the tax incentives
  • Definitions of terms
  • Timeframes and deadlines
  • Instruction about how to apply
  • Annual reporting requirements
  • Business list requirements
 For questions or assistance, please email


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