LT. GOVERNOR LANDRIEU ANNOUNCES RELIEF GRANTS THROUGH THE LOUISIANA CULTURAL ECONOMY FOUNDATION -- 12/27/2005
Office of Lieutenant GovernorFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 27, 2005
LT. GOVERNOR LANDRIEU ANNOUNCES RELIEF GRANTS THROUGH THE LOUISIANA CULTURAL ECONOMY FOUNDATION
Baton Rouge, La - Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu and the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation announce as a relief initiative, a new cultural grant opportunity. This relief initiative is an effort to defray the costs related to physical loss or property damage, relocation, or other specific economic harm suffered as a result of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The Foundation has earmarked relief funds to aid Louisiana's cultural economy in its recovery. "The overarching goal of the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation grant program is to enable stakeholders in Louisiana's cultural economy to continue or resume the production and distribution of our unique cultural assets in the aftermath of recent natural disasters by providing direct and immediate financial assistance," said Lt. Governor Landrieu.
Grant funds are intended to provide support for:
Applications may be submitted immediately and will be considered on an ongoing basis through April 3, 2006. Registration with FEMA and other sources of relief/recovery will be considered during the review process. If approved, it is expected that grant funds will be disbursed to the awardee within 30 days. Grants will be awarded to individual artists, small/medium-size cultural economy businesses and nonprofit cultural organizations. Grant awards are expected to range between $2,500 and $25,000 and will be based largely on damages sustained by the applicant. "By targeting relief to our cultural industry, the Cultural Economy Foundation Grant program is advancing our mission to promote the cultural, historical and natural resources necessary to fuel economic rebirth benefiting all our citizens," stated Angèle Davis, Secretary of the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.
The Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation was founded as a catalyst for growth within the state's burgeoning cultural economy. Its primary mission is to sustain and support the development and enhancement of the unique cultural industries of Louisiana. "These relief grants will provide a valuable opportunity for the foundation to invest in Louisiana's cultural economy workforce," said Jennifer Eplett Reilly, President of the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation.
Applications should be mailed through April 3, 2006 to:
The Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation
Questions about the application should be directed to 225-342-8196.