The Louisiana Division of the Arts statewide grant programs are key investments through grants for the presentation and creation of art and arts programs. To apply for these grants, click here.

Statewide grant programs

Decentralized Arts Funding
DAF provides a system for funding arts and cultural projects in every parish through operating support and project assistance. Decentralized funds are disbursed from the Division to nine regional development agencies.

Regional Development Agency Performance Plan
This program provides general operating support for regional development agencies to achieve their missions of providing specific services that respond to the needs in their regions.

General Operating Support
Formerly known as the Stabilization grant, this program supports nonprofit 501(c)3 arts organizations that help to create, present and preserve the various unique arts resources that make up Louisiana by providing general operating support. Eligible organizations must have been incorporated for at least two years and have received at least two years of municipal and/or governmental funding.

The Division is not currently accepting General Operating Support grant applications.  The General Operating Support grant is in the first year of a two-year grant cycle.  Grant applications will be accepted Spring 2018.

The Interim Report (Final Report for Year 1) can be accessed at

Upcoming deadlines

Decentralized Arts Funding (DAF) applications for Organizational Support and Project Assistance grants will be accepted April 15, 2017 through June 15, 2017.  Please contact the Regional Development Agency in your region for DAF guidelines and grant application.  Please click on the following link for more information:

Grant glossary


Staff assistance
For questions regarding these programs, contact Paula White or call 225.342.8175.

  • Occasionally, the Division will offer a special initiative project geared to a specific art form, program, project or professional development opportunity that falls outside of the regular grants cycle. These projects often have their own parameters or special guidelines for application.


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