The Bayou Regional Arts Council awards grants to arts projects, programs, and organizations in Assumption, Lafourche, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, and Terrebonne parishes. These grants must go toward improving the experience of public arts.

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.

Evaluation Criteria

A Community Review Panel will evaluate your proposal using the following evaluation criteria by assigning percentage points for each. Review eligibility requirements and requirements for grant programs to determine if you or your program are a good match for BRAC funding.

Artistic Merit
Need and Impact
Planning and Design
Administration and Budget

DAF Grant


Application Period:  May 1–July 12, 2019
Final Reports for Grant Recipients Due Date: October 30, 2019


The Bayou Regional Arts Council is pleased to  announce that we are administering the Louisiana Decentralized Arts Funding program for our region  for FY 2019-2020.  The grant activity period will be October 1st, 2019 – September 30th, 2020.


Funds for Louisiana’s Decentralized Arts Funding program are provided by the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development.

DAF Grant Application


PAF Grant


Application Period:  May 1–July 12, 2019
Final Reports for Grant Recipients Due Date: October 30, 2019


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 October 1st, 2019 – September 30th, 2020.


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


PAF Grant Guidelines PAF Grant Application PAF Grant Final Report 2018-2019

2018-2019 Grant Calendar

May 1

Online application available at


May 9–10

Grant workshops are held in the Waterlife Museum on May 9th and St. Charles Library – Destrehan Branch. Workshops are 11:00 am to 12:00 pm.


July 12

Online Application Deadline Online application forms must be submitted through the online grant system no later than 5PM.


Early August

Applicants emailed list of grant panel dates.


Late August

Grant panels convene to review applications and make funding recommendations.


September 1

Starting September 12th, 2018 applicants may phone to request preliminary funding recommendations and panel comments.


September 11

Decentralized grants recommendations presented to the Arts Council’s Board of Directors for approval.


September 21

Appeals Deadline – Grant funding appeals must be received by the Arts Council by 5:00 p.m.


October 1

Grant award letters are sent to grantees.



Compliance sessions held for grantees. First-time grantees and grant managers must participate in a compliance session before receiving a grant payment.


October 31

Final reports are due or thirty (30) days after the completion of services. Whichever comes first.



Contracts submitted by grantees.