The Louisiana Project Grants (LPG) program is taking the place of the Decentralized Arts Funding program known as DAF. Since 1995, DAF procedures and processes hadn’t changed. The Louisiana Division of the Arts has been listening to the voices throughout the state when it comes to this program and want to ensure funds are being utilized to support the arts and competitive, creative projects.

In light of this mission, some changes have been made:

  • This grant program will simply be called Louisiana Project Grants (LPG) and as the name indicates, will solely fund project assistance for community-based arts projects.
  • Program goals, priorities, and evaluation criteria have been updated to reflect a renewed focus and intent.
  • Dollars will still be allocated and administered regionally, but parish boundaries have been eliminated.

The Louisiana Division of the Arts, in partnership with regional arts councils, are honing in on community needs and the impact that creative arts projects can have. We want to see originality; we want to see you shake it up, target new populations, take risks and collaborate with other parishes, organizations, and institutions.

These changes are exciting, challenging, and will take time…they are also important and necessary, so we can’t wait to see the impact your projects will have throughout our state.

Louisiana Project Grants are administered jointly by the Louisiana Division of the Arts (LDOA) and nine regional arts councils across the state. This program provides a system for funding arts projects in all regions of the state by giving artists, nonprofit arts organizations, nonprofit organizations, public and private schools, and local government agencies in each region the opportunity to develop arts projects that meet their local needs. The purpose of the program is to cultivate innovative arts projects that have a lasting impact within each region of our state.

Louisiana Project Grants are funded by the LDOA. Funds are provided to each region on a per capita basis utilizing the most recent U.S. Census figures. The Louisiana Division of the Arts oversees the Louisiana Project Grants program and disburses the funds to nine Regional Arts Councils (RAC), which in turn re-grant those dollars within their regions.


Who can apply:

  • Louisiana nonprofit tax-exempt organizations registered as nonprofit with the Louisiana Secretary of State.
  • Organizations with 501(c)(3) status with the IRS.
  • Local, parish or state governmental agencies such as libraries or municipalities.
  • Public or private schools and school boards, colleges or universities sponsoring activities intended for community participation.
  • Individuals using an eligible nonprofit organization as a fiscal agent.



TIMELINE: FY2022 Grant Timeline (Current Grant Cycle)

  • July 12, 2021: Online application available via
  • August 31, 2021: Application deadline. Applications must be fully submitted by midnight.
  • September/October 2021: Grant panels convene to review applications and make funding recommendations. All applicants will be emailed a list of panel review dates.
  • October 1, 2021: Grant activity period begins.
  • September 30, 2022: Grant activity period ends.
  • October 30, 2022: Final reports are due in Submittable by midnight.

FY2022 LPG Guidelines
FY2022 LPG Grant Agreement with Request for First Payment

How to apply:

Applications may be accessed at

Important note for FY2021 (Past Grant Cycle): The Louisiana Project Grants program has been postponed until next year (FY22). This year’s funding (FY21) is being redirected to better serve the needs of our creative communities resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please visit the Division of the Arts webpage for more information.
The new funding period is October 1, 2019-September 30, 2020.
Application Deadline: Friday, July 12, 2019 at 5:00pm


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