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The Multicultural Organization Grant (MC) Program

Grants to East Baton Rouge, Louisiana Non-Profits
for Quality Multicultural Arts Programming

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Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge

Deadline Date:

02/01/13 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $500 to $3,000 to multicultural non-profit organizations located in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana and composed primarily of individuals of ethnic minority, including but not limited to African-American, American Indian, Asian, Latino, and Pacific Islander. The purpose of these grants is to improve the ability of multicultural organizations to develop and provide public programming that reflects their ethnicity, and to attract larger audiences for their artistic endeavors.

Grants may be awarded for specific art projects, such as performances and exhibitions, designed to promote ethnic group participation. Grants may also be awarded for technical assistance, such as hiring a professional consultant to prepare a marketing or development plan, to give assistance in board training or audience development, or to otherwise assist in organizational development.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 131080

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $3,000

Term of Contract:

The funded project must occur between April 1 of the year applied in through the following March 31 only.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

• The applicant must be a multicultural organization, defined as a formal association that has a history of working for the development, promotion, or presentation of cultural projects representing their particular ethnic communities, or an emerging organization formed to address a specific need. Applicant organizations must be located in East Baton Rouge Parish and composed primarily of individuals of ethnic minority, including but not limited to African-American, American Indian, Asian, Latino, and Pacific Islander.

• The applicant must be a non-profit corporation, organization, association, or institution, chartered with the State of Louisiana or holding an IRS 501(c)(3) status for at least one year. No part of an eligible organization’s earnings should be used for the benefit of any individual.

• The applicant must have a board of directors and officers, as well as have evidence of community support.

• Governmental agencies, churches, synagogues, and public/private universities and schools are not eligible.

• Grants will not be awarded for non-art related expenses including but not limited to capital improvements, administrative costs, deficit funding, mortgage payments, the purchase of permanent equipment or real property, scholarship programs, events not open to the general public, travel/per diem expenses, refreshments, or fundraising events (though admission-paid events are eligible).

Pre-proposal Conference:

Free grant application workshops are offered before each deadline and attendance is strongly recommended, particularly for new applicants. Contact Laura Larkin, Grants Director at the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, 344-8558 or for exact dates and times.

Pre-Application Information:

-Applications are available at the Arts Council office, 427 Laurel St., and on-line at

-On-line applications are in Word format and provide the applicant the ability to type directly onto the form by computer. All applications must be complete and received at the Arts Council by 5:00 p.m. on the due date. No exceptions.

-Applications may include supplemental information such as letters of support, publicity for previous events, or organizational brochures. Submit any supplemental materials with the application, not separately. Complete applications must include any attachments listed in the application form.

-The MC program will not fund 100% of a project’s cost. The organization must provide matching funds equal to 50% of the total project cost, and demonstrate the match in the application budget. The match may be a combination of cash and the value of in-kind (donated) services. Matching cash may include admission fees, donations from business and industry, or other organizational funds. Governmental funds may be used as a cash match to the extent that those funds plus Arts Council funds account for no more than one-half of the total project expenditures.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Laura Larkin, Grants Director
Phone: 344-8558

Grant Coverage Areas:

East Baton Rouge

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Louisiana