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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 ( 

Applications open May 1
Applications close July 15

Note: For boundary expansions, Part 2 will be due August 15.

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.

Please read the following guidelines or procedures before submitting you application to ensure you have met all requirements for review of your application:

 For questions or assistance, please email


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