New Orleans, LA

New Orleans funding program for cultural economy

Curtis Macken

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NEW ORLEANS, LA — The New Orleans Office of Cultural Economy provides a modest funding program to individuals and organizations engaged in activities that promote the cultural economy.

Their funding supports program such as:

• Workshops, training, and conferences to increase cultural economy capacity in cultural nonprofits, neighborhood organizations, and cultural businesses. Capacity building includes networking, teaching skills such as fundraising/grant writing, collaborating with partners to improve programming, leveraging, education about sustainability and learning new concepts.

• Workshops, training, and conferences in any of the Office of Cultural Economy's defined Cultural Economy segments: Entertainment (dance, theater, music, film, sound recording), Design (fashion, interactive media, communications), Preservation (architecture, construction, landscape architecture, and interior design related to preserving historic buildings and assets), Culinary Arts, Literary Arts and Humanities, and Visual Arts and Crafts.

• Artistic and cultural events. Funds can be used to pay musicians or other performers, attract tourists, or engage in other activities that directly impact cultural workers, or increase sales for art and cultural vendors.

They fund state and federal 501(c)3 nonprofits, profitable businesses licensed by the city and state and are in good standing, and individuals with a fiscal agent.

There are three levels of funding offered:

Level 1 ranges from $1-$5,000 for smaller projects and program support focused on smaller communities and limited scopes of periods.

Level 2 covers $5,001 - $10.000 for mid-level projects and programs that reach a larger audience,

Level 3 targets, with $10,001-$15,000 funding, targets larger-scale projects and programs that stretch over a larger time period and reach a wider audience.

To learn more about the funding and application, go here.

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