New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation Announces Community Partnership Grant Awards

NEW ORLEANS  — The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation — the non-profit that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, presented by Shell — has announced the recipients of the 2019-2020 Community Partnership Grant program. According to a press release, the non-profit awarded a total of $916,000 in Community Partnership Grants; 92-percent of applicants were funded in awards of up to $4,500.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to be able to support the great work that is being done by so many people in our community,” said Kathleen Turner, president of the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, said. “[Community Partnership Grants] are truly your Jazz Fest dollars at work.”

Through Community Partnership Grants, the foundation has donated more than $7 million to nonprofit event presenters, educational programs, dance troupes, theater workshops, gallery showings, film productions, performing artists, visual artists, and many more projects and groups that reflect the foundation’s mission.

By investing in the community and nurturing local artists and organizations, the foundation creates and supports an environment in which arts and education projects can succeed long-term.

Community Partnership Grants are awarded in four categories:

  • Presenting grants were awarded to Louisiana-based non-profit arts organizations that present festivals and other cultural events and hire local performers (80 of 88 applications received funding; a list of recipients is available here)
  • Documentation grants were awarded to artists and others who create new artistic works or otherwise document the local culture (36 of 56 applications received funding; a list of recipients is available here)
  • In-School grants were awarded to schools providing arts instruction as part of the school day (all 101 of the applications received were awarded funding; a list of recipients is available here)
  • After-school grants were awarded to non-profits that present after-school and summer educational programs in the arts (all of the 82 applications received were awarded funding; a list of recipients is available here).

This year, awarded grants ranged from $1,150 to $4,500; the average grant award was $3,025. All grant awards must be matched by an equal amount of funds the applicants raise from other sources.

“Every year we wrestle with the question of whether to give fewer grants in larger amounts, or to give the largest number of grants possible even if it means the individual grant sizes may be small,” said Don Marshall, executive director of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. “We have found over the years that even though some of the grants may be small, they still have a big impact on the grass-roots organizations receiving them.”

Community Partnership Grant applications are reviewed and scored by committees made up of members of the Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s Board of Directors and Advisory Council. The applications are then ranked by score. Those with the highest scores are awarded the largest percentage of the amount they requested.

Grant recipients from the 2019-2020 cycle will be honored in award ceremonies at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center on Sep. 24, 25, 26, and 27.

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