Louisiana Office of Cultural Development 



Welcome! Below you will see all of our current opportunities. 

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Louisiana Main Street Restoration Grants provide matching funds to encourage the revitalization of historic downtown commercial properties located in designated Louisiana Main Street districts. The Louisiana Main Street Restoration Grants serve as an effort to promote community revitalization and stimulate economic growth and vitality, in addition to enriching cultural tourism. Community reinvestment utilizing historic preservation practices improves community economic health by fostering renewed interest in shopping, working, and living downtown.

Grant funding and the number of grants awarded are dependent on state budgets and the amount of funding appropriated by the legislature each year.


Click here to download full guidelines for the Louisiana Main Street Restoration Grant.

**All grants from the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area are reimbursable up to 50 percent of the total cost of the project.**

Overview

The Atchafalaya National Heritage Area awards Celebration Grants to initiatives that celebrate the culture, heritage, and natural resources of the area all year long.

Grant Funding Categories

  • Cultural Heritage Events: Funds events within the heritage area that directly relate to culture, ecology and recreation. Eligible projects include annual cultural festivals, wildlife presentations and heritage speaker events.
  • Marketing and Promotion: Funds marketing and promotion efforts for arts and cultural organizations. Eligible projects include printing brochures and Facebook marketing campaign funding.
  • Other Small Projects: Funds smaller projects related to cultural heritage interpretation, natural resource conservation, and recreation improvements. Eligible projects include tour development and conservation workshops.

Important Notes

Application Period: Rolling

Funding Minimum: $250

Funding Maximum: $4,999

Required Match: Yes, 1:1

**All grants from the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area are reimbursable up to 50 percent of the total cost of the project.**

Overview

The Atchafalaya National Heritage Area awards Legacy Grants to long-lasting initiatives related to cultural heritage interpretation, creative placemaking, natural resource conservation, and recreation improvements. Grants are intended for cultural, natural, or recreational infrastructure improvements that will serve communities for generations.

Grant Funding Categories

  • Cultural Heritage Interpretation: Funds projects related to interpretive improvements, mapping, and heritage tourism-based activities. Eligible projects include trail signage installation and tour development.
  • Creative Placemaking Initiatives: Funds projects related to community and creative development including murals, culture-specific events, and asset mapping. Eligible projects include cultural asset mapping projects and local heritage-themed murals.
  • Natural Resource Conservation: Funds conservation planning, native plantings, and other environmental initiatives. Eligible projects include waterway improvements and conservation workshops.
  • Recreation Improvements: Funds creation, update, and maintenance of paths, trails, boat ramps, and lookouts. Eligible projects include boardwalk construction and recreation signage projects.

Important Notes

Application Period: May 1-31

Funding Minimum: $5,000

Funding Maximum: None

Required Match: Yes, 1:1



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Louisiana Office of Cultural Development