The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation has increased its financial commitment towards funding Louisiana artists and nonprofit organizations by allocating over one million dollars. The foundation just opened up the application for the Community Partnership Grants Program for the 2020 - 2021 grant cycle. Funding will support artistic and cultural projects, nonprofits, and education programs that are aligned with the Jazz & Heritage Foundation's mission.
The foundation has also created a new grant that will be open to blacks, indigenous people, and people of color (BIPOC). The Louisiana Cultural Equity Arts Grant is meant to support BIPOC nonprofit organizations and creative projects. This initiative was put out by the foundation in an effort to address structural racism within the organization and beyond, as well as to "elevate, amplify, and support the art of BIPOC creatives and communities."
The deadline to apply is July 27at 11:00 p.m., and the activities funded by these grants must take place in Louisiana between September 1, 2020, and August 31, 2020. The foundation has committed to support the community through the invested proceeds from Jazz Fest since 1979. More than $8 million have been donated through community partnership grants. Don Marshall, the executive director of the foundation, stated that "investing in BIPOC communities is paramount to addressing racial disparities in Louisiana."