Louisiana Grant Resources

Just like Louisiana’s vibrant cultural history, the roots of its commitment to philanthropy are deeply embedded. The state relies heavily on its nonprofit sector to provide public services in all 64 parishes, which has led to a multitude of diverse funding sources. Whether you’re in New Orleans, or Shreveport, at the capital in Baton Rouge, or in another parish in between, we’d like to help you gain access to the resources needed to best serve your Louisiana community.

An overview of the funding landscape shows that government grants, corporate grants, and foundation grants are all available to nonprofits throughout the state. If you’re wondering how to get nonprofit funding in Louisiana, consider the following three steps.

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LOUISIANA FUNDING SOURCES
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Louisiana is as rich in nonprofit grant funding sources as it is in vibrant culture. Because the state government relies on nonprofits to bring crucial social services to its residents, there are a significant number of diverse grants available to nonprofit organizations. Want to know how to win grant funding? Look no further! We’ve put together the best available resources to help you to get nonprofit funding in Louisiana. One of the most important Louisiana nonprofit hubs is the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO), which is the “go-to” organization for information, tools and resources.

While a vast number of foundations exist throughout the state, there are some key players leading the conversation around Louisiana philanthropy. The Community Foundation of North Louisiana, Greater New Orleans Foundation, Baton Rouge Area Foundation, Central Louisiana Community Foundation, and Foundation for Louisiana are all leaders within the Louisiana nonprofit funding landscape, and are crucial resources for anyone interested in foundation funding.

Use the Find Your Representative search tool offered through the state to determine your elected officials- you’ll find information about state government grants on your representative’s website. Below you’ll find a list of Louisiana grant resources. This list is always growing so please let us know about any resources we’ve missed. Thanks!

 

- Louisiana State Homepage

- US Senator John Kennedy

- US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD

- Louisiana Municipal Association

- Community Development Division of Administration

- Jefferson Parish Department of Community Development

 

- Louisiana Assistance Resource Center (LARC)

- Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

- Louisiana Initiative for Nonprofit and Community Collaboration (LINCC)

- Community Development Works (a program of The Rapides Foundation)

- Louisiana Decentralized Arts Fund Program

- Louisiana eGrants

- The Data Center

- Center for Planning Excellence

- LSU Office of Research & Economic Development

- Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana

- Urban League of Louisiana

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Win Grants with Proven Partnerships

One organization can’t do everything, and go-it-alone grant proposals that don’t make good use of community networks and resources are not convincing. The most effective proposals include authentic collaborations where participating organizations pursue their own missions while also contributing to a common goal. Unless the "usual-suspect" groups are involved as partners, funders will have questions. For example, if an early childhood agency wants to improve child health through better nutrition, it only makes sense to work with the food bank and the community health center.

Who Gets General Operating Grants?

A general operating grant is the most prized type of funding award. In the best circumstances, it’s a significant chunk of money handed to your organization with the magnificent instructions to do what needs to be done. Private grantmakers increasingly recognize that general operating funds provide flexible support that enables nonprofits to be most effective.

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