Artists Relief Grants

The FY21 Project Grant cycle will be interrupted for 1 year to redirect resources to provide relief assistance to individual artists in our region. The Project Grant Program will resume in the spring of 2021 to provide funding for the FY22 fiscal year.


The  Bayou Regional Arts Council will award grants to INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS in Assumption, Lafourche, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, and Terrebonne parishes. The details on these grants are still in the works and will be updated as soon as possible.

Art Disciplines

The artistic disciplines described below are considered eligible art forms for grant funding.


Dance projects can focus on ballet, modern, jazz or ethnic dance. Dance project grants assist artists and organizations to make quality dance programs accessible to the public and to encourage innovation in dance as an art form.


Literature project grants are intended to support specific projects that present the literary arts to the public and to promote works of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. In addition, the category supports not-for-profit small presses and magazines that publish fiction, poetry, creative prose, or literary criticism for production and distribution projects. Such magazines must have been published at least once.


Theater project grants are intended to help make high quality dramatic and musical theater available to the public or support development of nonprofit professional and community theater, puppetry, mime, and storytelling.


Design Arts projects promote excellence in the design field of architecture; landscape architecture; urban design; historic preservation and planning; interior design; industrial design; graphic design; and fashion design. This program area provides an opportunity for visual arts and design professionals to collaborate on projects involving design practice, media, theory, research, and education about design. Projects may include publications, audiovisual presentations, or conferences. Design arts do not include purchase of plantings, seeds, gardening equipment, construction equipment, or building supplies.


Media project grants provide financial assistance to organizations and artists involved in film, video, radio, or related media. Projects should focus on the development of film, video, and radio as art forms where experimentation, technique and, creative processes are included in the project design.

Visual Arts & Crafts

Visual Arts and Crafts project grants are intended to support projects or services of museums, art galleries, art centers, and other organizations concerned with visual arts. This includes drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, glass, ceramics, fiber, wood, metal, mixed media, and art in public places


Folklife refers to traditions currently practiced within a community that have been passed down informally over time and not learned through workshops, classes, or magazines. Folklife includes Performing Traditions (music, dance, storytelling) and Traditional Arts & Crafts (occupational, festive and food ways traditions). See definition of folk artist in the glossary.


Folk traditions are created within specific cultural contexts that need to be understood to be appreciated. Most folklife projects are greatly enhanced with the services of a professional folklorist or other trained cultural specialists such as those with academic training in folklore, cultural anthropology, ethnomusicology or other related fields. Cultural specialists should be involved in planning and implementation phases of a project. Folklife does not include historical re-enacting or living history.


Folklife projects are evaluated for the cultural significance of the art form and the involvement of trained cultural specialists (folklorists, anthropologists, ethnomusicologists).


Music project grants assist artists or organizations sponsoring musical programming or the presentation and development of musicians, composers, and/or music ensembles and orchestras in all genres, including band, chamber, choral, ethnic, jazz, new, opera, orchestral, popular, solo/recital.

Arists Relief Grant


Application Period:  Monday, March 29, 2021 and the deadline to apply will be Friday, April 16, 2021 by 12 midnight.


The purpose of this grant is to provide relief directly to individual Louisiana Artists impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic or other natural disasters that affected our state in 2020. Working artists are crucial to the mission of the Louisiana Division of the Arts (LDOA). We recognize that the disasters our state experienced in 2020 impacted the careers of these artists to a great extent due to the nature of their work. The LDOA is partnering with 9 Regional Arts Councils throughout the state to administer these grants. Grant award amounts will be up to $1,500 each. Funds are limited and will be awarded to eligible applicants who meet all of the following criteria and fully complete their application up until funding capacity is reached in each region.

Click Here for Eligibility Criteria

To apply you must create an account and fill out the application in our online grant platform, Submittable. Click here get started once the application period opens. Click Here  to find public libraries with access to WI-FI across the state. You can contact the Regional Arts Council that serves your area with any questions. Find the contact information for the Arts Council serving your Parish here.

PAF Grant


Application Period:  TBA
Final Reports for Grant Recipients Due Date: TBA


The Bayou Regional Arts Council is pleased to  announce that we are administering the Terrebonne Parish Arts Funding program. The grant activity period will be December 1st, 2020 – November 31st, 2021.


Funds for Terrebonne Parish Arts Funding program are provided by the Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government.


Please be aware that due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the PAF grant may be altered in the future.

PAF FY21 Grant Application PAF Grant Guidelines PAF FY21 Final Report

Additional Support

Creative Relief & COVID-19