2018-2019 General Operating Support Grant Program

The Louisiana Division of the Arts is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 General Operating Support Grant Program.

The Grant Application Deadline is Friday, June 8, 2018 at 5:00 pm CT.

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

Please review the guidelines before you begin the grant application.  If you are a new applicant, contact Paula White (pwhite@crt.la.gov or 225-342-8200) with any questions about eligibility before you begin the application. 

 Application Instructions

Additional information about the General Operating Support Grant Program may be found on the LDOA website:



We have transitioned to a brand new grant system.  The grant application may be found at


Every applicant must create a user account in order to access the grant application.  Please take the time to download a copy of the Application Instructions by clicking the blue button above.  The instructions will provide direction in creating a free MyGovernmentOnline account and step-by-step instructions on how to submit a grant application.


The General Operating Support Grant Deadline is Friday, June 8, 2018 at 5:00 pm CT.

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