Funding Levels:

  • Level 2 and Level 3 grant applications for 2023 programs/events/activities open December 1, 2022 at 8am and close for the January 2023 grant review committee meeting on December 23, 2022. Level 1 grants will reopen in 1st quarter 2023.

Level 1

$ 1 – $ 2,500 Minigrant

For smaller projects and program support that are focused on smaller communities with limited scopes and periods, such as a single creative production or single community event.

Level 2

$ 2,501 – $ 10,000

For mid-level projects and programs that reach a larger audience, train a sub-section of cultural bearers/cultural workers for specific tasks over a limited period, support larger community events with a broader impact on the cultural economy.

Level 3

$ 10,001 – $ 20,000+

For larger scale projects and programs that stretch over a larger time period, reach a wide audience, train a class of culture bearer/worker in multiple skills, larger multi-community/city-wide events.

  • If you are applying for a grant with an activity that will be completed by February 28, 2023 (including Mardi Gras 2023), those applications must be submitted in grant Cycle 2 after July 1, 2022. Applications, received prior to July 1, 2022, for 2023 activities will not be reviewed.
  • There will be a maximum of 100 grants per grant cycle dedicated to the performance and traditional practices sector including Mardi Gras Indians, Secondline clubs and Baby Doll organizations.
  • Performance reports will be due 30 days after the completion of the event.

The New Orleans Tourism and Cultural Fund (NOTCF) requires adherence to certain terms and conditions in order for an application to be considered for funding.

WHY MEASURE ECONOMIC IMPACT AND SUSTAINABILITY? Currently, the Hotel Occupancy Privilege Tax is the only source of revenue for NOTCF. This tax is generated when hotel rooms in the New Orleans area are occupied. Positive economic impact for the City of New Orleans has the potential to drive the Hotel Occupancy taxes and therefore, allow NOTCF to support events at higher levels each year. Sustainability measures allow organizers and the NOTCF applicant review committee to consider the long-term view of the organization and any potential challenges an organizer might face with an event. Consideration of challenges allows the organizers to develop plans to mitigate those challenges so that an event can be executed successfully.


Ready to Apply?

Please refer to the links below to print out, read, and complete your application. Please submit your application by emailing [email protected] with “Funding Proposal” and your project name in the subject line. You may also submit a printed copy of your application via postal mail to: 

Attn: Grants Review Committee
2020 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70130

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