2018-2019 General Operating Support Grant Program

Grant award notices will be sent to grant applicants at the end of August 2018.

The General Operating Support Grant Program seeks to support nonprofit 501(c)3 arts organizations that help create, present, and preserve the various unique arts resources that make up Louisiana.  This grant program provides grants to arts organizations that have made an impact locally, statewide, regionally, or internationally.


  1. Be a nonprofit arts organization domiciled in Louisiana with a letter from the Internal Revenue Service declaring it exempt from Federal income tax under Section 501(c)3 of the Federal Internal Revenue Code, dated at least two years before the application deadline. 
  2. Be classified as an arts organization by meeting the following three characteristics:
  3. Have an independent board of directors
  4. Have an organizational mission statement which states that a primary goal of the organization is to provide arts programming to the general public.  The arts disciplines include dance, design arts, folklife, literature, media, music, theatre, and visual arts and crafts.
  5. Provide a reasonable educational or outreach plan for children and/or adults that corresponds to the organization’s size and mission for children and/or adults.
  6. Have been incorporated for at least two years
  7. Have received at least two years of municipal and/or government funding
  8. Must be in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service, the Louisiana Secretary of State, and the Louisiana Legislative Auditor by the grant application deadline
  9. Have income and expenses of at least $30,000 in the last completed fiscal year.
  10. Comply with the Accumulated Deficit Policy (See Section VI)
  11. Have a DUNS number (www.dandb.com)



  1. Strengthen the infrastructure of the arts industry in Louisiana
  2. Support communities’ efforts to maintain their authenticity and uniqueness through the arts
  3. Increase in-state purchasing of Louisiana cultural products and services by Louisiana residents and businesses
  4. Develop, stabilize, and maintain the producers and presenters of Louisiana's arts industries and products
  5. Create and nourish artists of the future and the audiences for those artists

 General Operating Support Grant Guidelines

The General Operating Support Grant Program is on a two-year grant cycle.  Applications for the next grant cycle will be available in January 2020.

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