The Tourism Marketing Initiative Grant Program is a cultural tourism partnership project funded by Visit Lake Charles (CVB) and administered by the Arts & Humanities Council of SWLA. Marketing Initiative Grants are intended to enhance the promotion and marketing of our rich cultural programming in Calcasieu Parish.

Marketing Initiative Grants Must:

(a) Provide for the growth of cultural tourism in Calcasieu Parish

(b) Improve the overall cultural atmosphere and quality of life for the citizens of Calcasieu Parish

(c) Provide for the stabilization of arts and humanities organizations through increased audience attendance and community participation in projects.

Timeline for Fiscal Year 2024-2025 (Current Grant Cycle)

April 1, 2024

Applications & Guidelines Become Available Online

April 1, 2024
May 3, 2024

Grant Applications Due

Due via email to ericab@artscouncilswla.org

May 3, 2024
May 17, 2024

Grant Panel Review Session

Date subject to change

May 17, 2024
June 15, 2024

Grant Activity Begins

June 15, 2024
June 14, 2025

Grant Activity Ends

June 14, 2025
July 31, 2025

Final Report Deadline

Hard deadline for submitting final reports OR 30 days after project ends, whichever comes first

July 31, 2025



All applicants must be domiciled within Calcasieu Parish.

Eligible organizations may apply for one marketing assistance grant for a specific arts project. Applicants may submit one request of a minimum of $500 and not to exceed $2,000 per year. A dollar-for-dollar cash match from non-governmental sources is required for those projects that are income producing. Projects that are non-income producing may substitute the cash match requirement with documented in-kind services equal to the amount of the grant request. 

After the May 3, 2024 deadline, the Arts Council determines that the applicant and the proposal are eligible for funding, and that the application complies with grant guidelines. Two to three weeks later, eligible applications will be reviewed by the Arts Council and CVB grant allocation panel with respect to the published evaluation criteria. Panel recommendations will then be submitted to the Arts Council board of directors for final approval.  


Documents for Fiscal Year 2024-2025 (Current Grant Cycle)

Final Reports for Fiscal Year 2024-2025 (Current Grant Cycle)

Timeline for Fiscal Year 2023-2024 (Previous Grant Cycle)

May 5, 2023 – Applications and Guidelines become available online.

May 26, 2023 – Grant Applications due via email by 5 pm.

June 3, 2023 – Grant Panel Review Session at 10 am at Central School (subject to change).

June 15, 2023 – Grant Activity Period Begins.

June 14, 2024 – Grant Activity Ends.

July 31, 2024 Hard Deadline for submitting final reports or 30 days after project ends, whichever comes first.

Final Reports for Fiscal Year 2023-2024 (Previous Grant Cycle)

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