Community Arts Grant



Community Arts Grants (CAG) are funded by the City of New Orleans and administered by Arts New Orleans. These grants support 501(c)(3) arts non-profits domiciled in Orleans Parish through the New Orleans as Cultural Capital category as well as the activities of incorporated non-profits that produce or celebrate New Orleans traditions through the More Joy category. 

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New Orleans as Cultural Capital

The New Orleans as Cultural Capital category provides operating support grants to nonprofit 501(c)(3) arts organizations offering artistically excellent programming in Orleans Parish. This two-year grant will be renewed for the second year of activity. All disciplines are eligible. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Primary purpose is to provide arts programs and services 
  • Domiciled in Orleans Parish 
  • 501(c)(3) status 
  • Good standing with the Internal Revenue Service and the Louisiana Secretary of State 
  • Governed by an independent board of directors 

Read guidelines for the complete requirements 

More Joy

The More Joy category funds groups engaging their communities through activities that have roots in or pay homage to the street parading culture of New Orleans, activities usually done by Black Masking Indians and Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs.  

Eligibility Requirements 

  • Produce or celebrate New Orleans’ Street Parading traditions usually created by New Orleans indigenous cultural groups 
  • Incorporated by the State of Louisiana as a nonprofit organization 
  • Domiciled in Orleans Parish 

Read guidelines for the complete requirements

Grants staff

Daniel O’Connell,, 215-435-3686.