The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities supports cultural efforts throughout Louisiana by awarding grants to local cultural organizations for large and small-scale humanities public programs.
The LEH Grants Program currently consists of five categories:
- REBIRTH GRANTS: These small grants range from $500 to $3,000. Eligible projects include new and continuing scholarly research about Louisiana, public humanities programs that involve audience participation and discussion, documentary photography and radio projects, digital humanities projects including websites and online documentation of Louisiana history and culture, assistance with publication projects and humanities-based educational initiatives. Special emphasis is given to projects that generate new content that can be incorporated into Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine and KnowLouisiana.org.
- STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP GRANTS: These grants are available to organizations seeking to collaborate with LEH on projects that deliver the humanities to large audiences in Louisiana. Funds between $5,000 and $10,000 are available on a rolling basis.
- CREATE LOUISIANA FILMMAKERS GRANTS: These grants are designed to support creative industries in Louisiana, including all the burgeoning, indigenous filmmakers that contribute to Louisiana’s vibrant creative economy. This is a partnership between the council, Deep South Studios and the New Orleans Film Society.
- LOUISIANA POET LAUREATE GRANTS
- EMERGENCY GRANTS 2016: In response to the August 2016 floods, LEH announced grants for organizations whose sites or collections were damaged during the disaster. Tax-exempt organizations with a history of cultural programming could apply for up to $1,000 to defray costs for staff, paid workers, and volunteers working on flood-related clean up and restoration. Eligible organizations must be located in one of the FEMA-designated parishes.