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Legends and Lore Marker Grant Program

Grants to Louisiana Nonprofits, Academic Institutions, and Municipalities
for Roadside Plaques to Mark Locations of Cultural Significance

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Center for Louisiana Studies and William G. Pomeroy Foundation

Deadline Date:

10/02/20

Description:

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Grants to Louisiana nonprofit organizations, nonprofit academic institutions, and municipalities for the acquisition of official roadside plaques to mark locations of local cultural significance. Funding is intended to promote cultural tourism and commemorate legends and folklore. Legends and Lore marker grants are fully-funded and cover the entire cost of the marker, pole, and shipping.

Designed to promote the creative cultural expressions of local and regional communities, the program offers organizations throughout the state the opportunity to commemorate their unique heritage through attractive roadside markers. 

Folklore is a broad term, but generally applies in one way or another to creative traditions originating in local and regional communities. Because of the geographic focus inherent in a roadside marker program, this program will tend to be anchored in folklore that can somehow be linked to specific locations: A few examples include—

  • Legends, or semi-historical tales, that are told as true, but not verifiable, such as the many stories of the pirate Jean Lafitte's treasure
  • Myths, or sacred explanatory stories, involving Louisiana geography, such as those involving locations venerated in Native American traditions
  • Places or people mentioned in famed traditional songs or stories, such as "Opelousas Sosthène" 
  • The birthplace or burial ground of significant carriers of Louisiana folklore, such as Dennis McGee or Clifton Chenier
  • Placenames with intriguing and indeterminate folk etymologies, such as "Carencro"

Grant recipients will be responsible for the installation of the marker (and, if required by their local transportation department, for the cost of a breakaway pole).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185868

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Pomeroy Foundation covers the costs of manufacturing the marker, the pole, and shipping.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The progam is open to applications from nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and nonprofit educational institutions. Interested individuals are encouraged to contact an eligible local organization, such as a municipal historian or historical organization. They will often apply for the grant on behalf of the individual.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are accepted twice a year. This year’s dates are as follows:

Round 1:
- 03/23/20: Application becomes available online
- 05/01/20: Application deadline
- 06/19/20: Grants awarded

Round 2
- 08/17/20: Application becomes available online
- 10/02/20: Application deadline
- 11/20/20: Grants awarded

Legends & Lore® Marker Grant Program: https://www.wgpfoundation.org/history/legends-lore/
FAQs: https://www.wgpfoundation.org/history/legends-lore/faq/

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=pomeroy

For questions about the application website, or about the national Legends & Lore Roadside Marker Grant Program, contact Christy at the Pomeroy Foundation: info@wgpfoundation.org or call (315) 913-4060.

For questions specifically about Louisiana Legends and Lore markers contact Assistant Director for Research John Sharp at johnsharp@louisiana.edu or 337-482-1320.

Center for Louisiana Studies
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
400 E. St. Mary Blvd, Lafayette, LA 70503
337-482-6027 | cls@louisiana.edu

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