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The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is the nonprofit that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. The Foundation uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest for year-round programs in education, economic development and cultural enrichment. 

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is pleased to introduce our new site where you can easily submit an online application and track its status. You will be asked to fill in forms and upload all of the required documents for a complete application. This step-by-step process allows you to fill out your application at your own pace, save your work and edit the application until you are ready to click the "submit" button.  We suggest you use an updated version of Chrome, Safari, or Firefox, as the website is browser-sensitive.

Community Partnership Grant Application 

The Community Partnership Grants is a program to provide essential training and access to funding to Louisiana schools and nonprofits in the arts. The deadline to apply is July 5, 2016. All applications must be submitted through our online grant portal by 11:59 p.m. on that date.

Prospective applicants may review the guidelines listed below.  

In the 2015-2016 grant cycle, of 227 applications received in four grant categories, 196 - or 86.3 percent - were awarded funding.  The total amount awarded was $601,264 (up from $498,590 last year and $361,865 in 2013). The grants were distributed Sept. 14 at a ceremony at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center.   "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 Demetric M. Mercadel, president of the board of directors of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. "These are truly your Jazz Fest dollars at work."
Since 1979, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation has reinvested the proceeds from Jazz Fest directly into the community — in the form of grants to arts and educational organizations — to support projects that reflect the Foundation’s mission.   The Foundation has donated more than $5 million to nonprofit event presenters, educational programs, dance troupes, theater workshops, gallery showings, film productions, performing artists, visual artists and many more.  By investing so much into the community, and making a concerted effort to nurture local artists and organizations, the Foundation is creating an environment in which arts and education projects can succeed over the long term.

We will host two workshops to answer questions about the Community Partnership Grants program, the categories and guidelines, and the online applicaiton form. These will be held:

Tuesday, June 14, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. - RSVP HERE
Monday, June 20, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. - RSVP HERE

We are offer grants of up to $5,000 in four categories:

  • Jazz & Heritage In-School Education Programs in Music, Arts and Cultural Traditions. This category supports music and arts instruction that takes place at Louisiana K-12 schools during the regular school day. Schools may apply for money to pay for instruments/instrument repair, sheet music, art supplies or other needed materials. Only one application per school is allowed. READ THE GUIDELINES HERE.
  • Jazz & Heritage After-School and Summer Education Programs in Music, Arts and Cultural Traditions. This category supports after-school and summer educational arts programs offered by nonprofit organizations and Louisiana K-12 schools. Organizations may apply for money only to pay the professional service fees of the artists or educators who will do the instruction. READ THE GUIDELINES HERE.
  • Jazz Journey Presenting: Festivals and Concerts in Music and Performing Arts. This category supports employment for Louisiana performing artists by providing funding to Louisiana-based nonprofit arts organizations that hire Louisiana-based musicians or other performing artists to perform at cultural events in the state. Only arts-based organizations in Louisiana may apply. READ THE GUIDELINES HERE.
  • Jazz & Heritage Archive: Documentation and Preservation. This category supports the creation, documentation or exhibition of art works that document or interpret the indigenous culture of Louisiana. Individuals and non-profits may apply. Priority will be given to Louisiana-based applicants. READ THE GUIDELINES HERE.

Instructions For Submitting an Application

Step 1: Make an Account or Sign In

Need an Account? Click the “Sign Up” button on the right to create an account using your email. To create an account using your social media profile click on the appropriate Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter icon on the right. After you sign up, check your email for an account activation link. You should receive the email within a couple of minutes. Make sure to type your email correctly!

Already have an account? "Sign In” on the right side of this page, using your email address and password to access your profile. Once logged in, you will be able to see the status of your prior applications and apply for new positions. 

Step 2: Complete the online application form

Please note:  We may have several Grant and Funding programs open simultaneously. Make sure you select the program application you want. You will be able to edit and change your application until it is submitted.  Once submitted, you will no longer be able to edit your application, but you will always be able to view your application online in your Fluid Review account.

Step 3: Click on the Submit Full Application button

Your application will not be complete until you click on the “Submit Full Application” button in your account page.

You  can download and save a copy of your completed application for your records.


For questions about the Catapult Fund, Community Partnership Grants and or other programs of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, please contact You may also call us by phone at (504) 558-6103 or (504) 558-6108.

If you have any technical questions about how to use the site, please contact contact and the software application providers can help address your question.