Louisiana Project Grants

(formerly DAF)


Louisiana Project Grants (formerly DAF) are available to non-profit organizations within the Bayou Regional Arts Council 6-parish service region, to support arts and culture programs. Applications are open May 16 – July 1, 2022.

The last day to have the CDC look over and give feedback on drafts in Submittable is Friday, July 17, 2022. If you would like us to give feedback, you must email us at CDC@bayouarts.org before the deadline and let us know so we may review your application.

Goals of the LPG Program

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Stimulate healthy competition in grant proposal submissions


Increase the level of creativity, innovation and awareness of new trends in project development


Encourage professional artists to undertake projects that have meaningful community involvement and collaboration


Leverage additional local and national support for the arts in Louisiana

Priorities of the LPG Program

Must be an ART project involving dance, design arts, folklife, literature, media, music, theatre, or visual arts


Must show how the project accounts for the population of the region and promotes diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility


Emphasis on Innovation and Artistry


Risk Taking/Trying something new


Focus on learning as an outcome as well as quantitative outcomes


Multi-parish partnerships between larger, urban organizations and their rural counterparts or vice-versa


Projects that have a trajectory to continue to enhance the region beyond the funding period

Eligible Applicants

Louisiana nonprofit tax exempt organizations or with 501(c)(3) with the Internal Revenue Service


Local, parish, or state governmental agencies such as libraries or municipalities


Public or private schools and school boards (each school within a school system is considered a separate entity)


Colleges or universities sponsoring activities (each university department is considered a separate entity) intended for community participation (not academic, credit-producing, or curriculum-oriented projects). Such activities must provide significant access and the probability of significant attendance by the general public.


Organizations or entities who lack the legal status to be an applicant may apply using an eligible nonprofit organization to be a fiscal agent. The fiscal agent assumes legal and financial responsibility for the project.


Individuals may apply for a grant by using an eligible nonprofit organization as a fiscal agent. The project must directly benefit the community and include community participation. The fiscal agent assumes legal and financial responsibility for the project.

Evaluation Criteria

A Review Panel, composed of members from your community, will evaluate your proposal using evaluation criteria, which will determine recommended funding. Questions are provided for you in the application narrative. Your responses to the narrative questions along with the other components of the grant proposal will be evaluated accordingly. The evaluation criteria and corresponding weights include:

ARTISTIC MERIT __________________________ 35%

NEED AND IMPACT ______________________ 35%

PLANNING AND DESIGN ___________________ 20%


Artistic Merit Weight

• Expertise of artists involved as providers of service

• Degree of innovation and artistry involved in project

• Incorporation of local artists and or art forms

Need and Impact Weight

• Efforts to increase accessibility and Involvement of diverse (social, geographic, economic) populations reflective of the community or engagement of new populations previously unserved by the organizations involved

• Efforts to address a community need/gain community involvement

• Taking advantage of opportunities for collaboration/partnerships

Planning and Design Weight

• Involvement of target audience in planning process

• Risk taking/trying something new

• Implications of the project beyond the funding period

• Ability to track performance indicators and account for what may be learned from the project as well as quantitative outcomes

Administration and Budget Weight

• Appropriate request level and use of grant funds

• Clarity and completeness of financial information

LPG FY23 Grant Application
Louisiana Project Grants FY23 Grant Guidelines

Additional Support

LPG Helpful Video

PAF Grant


Application Period:  OPEN August 1st, 2022. DEADLINE August 31st, 2022 5pm.
Final Reports FY22 for Grant Recipients Due Date: March 1st, 2023.


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 June 15th, 2022 – December 31st, 2022.


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

PAF FY22 Grant Application PAF FY22 Grant Guidelines PAF FY21 Final Report

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.