The Louisiana Division of the Arts statewide grant programs are key investments through grants for the presentation and creation of art and arts programs. 

Statewide grant programs

Decentralized Arts Funding
DAF provides a system for a funding arts organizations and cultural projects in partnerships with Regional Arts Councils throughout the state To find the Regional Arts Council that serves your region, please click here 

Grant applications for the 2018-2019 DAF grant cycle will be available statewide through a new on-line grant application system. The Louisiana Division of the Arts is in the process of transitioning to a new grant system and the grant applications will be available in May 2018. A link to the DAF grant application will be posted here and with your Regional Arts Council when it is available. 

General Operating Support
Formerly known as the Stabilization grant, this program supports nonprofit 501(c)3 arts organizations that help to create, present and preserve the various unique arts resources that make up Louisiana by providing general operating support.

Eligibility requirements for the General Operating Support Grant Program include:

  • Applicant must be a nonprofit arts organization domiciled in Louisiana and designated as a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization by the Internal Revenue Service. An arts organization is further defined by the following three characteristics:
    • Has an independent board of directors
    • Has 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. 
    • Provides a reasonable educational or outreach plan for children and/or adults that corresponds to the organization’s size and mission for the children and/or adults.
  • Applicant must be in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service, the Louisiana Secretary of State and the Louisiana Legislative Auditor.
  • Applicant must have a DUNS number (
  • Applicant must have received at least two years of municipal and/or government funding
  • Applicant must have been incorporated for at least two years at time of application

General Operating Support Grant Applications will be available in April 2018. The deadline for the grant applications will be in June 2018.  The Louisiana Division of the Arts is in the process of transitioning to a new and improved grant application system, causing the grant application period to be shifted later than in previous years.  A link to the grant application will be posted here when it is available. 

 Contact Paula White ( or 225-342-8175) with questions about eligibility.

Regional Arts Council Operating Support

This program provides general operating support for regional arts councils to achieve their missions of providing specific services that respond to the needs in their regions. 

Grant glossary

Staff assistance
For questions regarding these programs, contact Paula White or call 225.342.8175.

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