Two grant opportunities supporting humanities organizations available this spring Funding provides support for operational expenses and programming
Published 10:35 am Saturday, March 11, 2023
NEW ORLEANS — Two grant opportunities from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) this spring will provide support for Louisiana cultural organizations. The Louisiana Culture Care Fund, supported by the State of Louisiana, will award grants for operational expenses, with applications opening March 13, and the annual Rebirth Grants will fund humanities-based programming, the applications for which open April 1.
“In the last two years we have been able to significantly expand our grant opportunities, ensuring that critical funding is distributed efficiently and equitably to organizations around Louisiana that are on the front lines of preserving our culture, our traditions and our history,” said Miranda Restovic, president/executive director of the LEH.
Applications for both grant opportunities are open to humanities-focused nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status, including public-facing organizations operating within accredited institutions of higher learning, state and local government agencies and state or federally recognized Native American tribal governments in Louisiana. More information about each opportunity is below and at LEH.org.
Louisiana Culture Care Fund, supporting operational expenses
With the support of the State of Louisiana, the LEH is offering Louisiana Culture Care Fund (LCCF) grants to cover general operating expenses for humanities-based organizations. The LCCF, originally launched in 2020 in an effort to help protect Louisiana’s critical cultural institutions impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, continues to provide the state’s cultural nonprofits with this vital funding.
Grant of $5,000, $10,000, or $15,000 will be awarded to successful applicants, with award amounts dependent upon organizational annual operating budget. Eligible operating expenses include (but are not limited to): staff retention (salaries, wages, and benefits), rent, insurance, mortgage and utilities. Cost-sharing is not required for this grant.
Applications will be open Monday, March 13, through Wednesday, April 19, 2023. More information about LCCF grants can be found at https://leh.org/grants/apply-now/lccf/.
Interested applicants can register now for one of two virtual information sessions happening Wednesday, March 22, at 10 a.m., or Thursday, March 30, at 2 p.m., or contact LEH Director of Grants Erin Voisin at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Rebirth Grants, supporting programming
Rebirth Grants, an annual LEH program made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities, support projects and programs that provide access to the humanities for Louisiana residents.
Eligible Rebirth Grant projects include but are not limited to free public humanities programs that involve audience participation and discussion; documentary photography, podcast, and radio projects; digital humanities projects including websites and online documentation of Louisiana history and culture; new and continuing scholarly research about Louisiana and assistance with publication projects and humanities-based educational initiatives. Eligible projects must include the participation of qualified humanities scholar(s).
Applications for Rebirth Grants will be open April 1 through May 31, 2023, and award notifications will be made by mid-July 2023. Grant awards range from $1,000 to $5,000, and projects should be implemented between Sept. 1, 2023, and Oct. 31, 2024. All Rebirth Grant applicants must demonstrate matching cost share in cash or in kind.
More information about Rebirth Grants, including funding guidelines, an application preview, and restrictions, can be found at https://leh.org/grants/apply-now/rebirth-grants/.
Interested applicants can sign up for one of two virtual information sessions on March 21 at 10 a.m. or April 6 at 2 p.m. here or contact LEH Grants Manager Christopher Robert at email@example.com or (504) 620-2639 with any questions.
About Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities to all residents of the state. Guided by the vision that everyone can realize their full potential through the humanities, LEH partners with communities, institutions and individuals to provide grant-supported outreach programs, literacy initiatives for all ages, publications, film and radio documentaries, museum exhibitions, public lectures, library projects, 64 Parishes magazine and other diverse public humanities programming. For more information, visit www.leh.org.