The Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation Econonomic Opportunity Fund (EOF) Grant

EOF News & Updates

Latest news and updates on the grant

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Keep it in the Community

Shop locally for the holidays!  Visit small store fronts, cultural organizations’ gift stores and arts markets. Buy a gift certificate to your favorite local restaurant, or season tickets to a theater. Not only is it thoughtful and inspiring, you can directly connect with the people that propel your community.

Our Cultural Award Recipients

LCEF presented its second annual Culture Awards On November 2nd at LA Fête Louisiane. The 2013 Culture Award winners included the 2013 Cultural Economy Hero Award and three Cultural Entrepreneur Awards. The 2013 Cultural Economy Hero award was presented to the citizens of Arnaudville, LA because of their efforts to improve their community through creative cultural initiatives and […]


EOF Grants Under Review

So you applied for an EOF grant? Well congratulations on making this one of the most difficult rounds in LCEF history. We simply can’t believe how innovative and strong the applications are this year. It is making the selection process very difficult. We will be announcing the names of our 2013 grantees in December. We […]


EOF Grant Application Deadline Extended

The deadline for Economic Opportunity Fund applications has been extended to Friday, September 13, 2013, so there is still plenty of time to complete your application! Make sure you read the EOF Guidelines before you begin your application. If you would like a step by step guide to our guidelines and application process, you can view one of […]

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Watch Our EOF Webinars

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It’s Time for EOF Grant Applications and Webinars!

Economic Opportunity Fund applications are now open online. Please make sure you read the EOF Guidelines before you begin your application. Program Director Lisa Picone will host three webinars to walk applicants through the application. These are live webinars and will include live Q&A sessions following each demonstration. Those dates are: Individual Application: Monday August 6 at […]


Our Numbers are In! LCEF-EOF has a Significant Impact on Louisiana’s Cultural Economy

After months of information gathering, we can finally look at the true impact of our Economic Opportunity Fund and tell you definitively that LCEF is making a difference for the cultural economy of Louisiana. A survey was sent to all of our past EOF grantees (2008-2010). The completed surveys were analyzed by the University of […]

EOF Guidelines


EOF on-line Applications are now closed. Grant awards will be announced December 2, 2013.


The Purpose of the EOF Grant

Innovation & Increased Income The Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation Economic Opportunity Fund (EOF) is designed to increase the entrepreneurial capacity and economic health of cultural economy producers. Grants through this fund are made to individual cultural workers, nonprofit cultural organizations, and cultural economy businesses to increase income or earned revenue through an innovative, specific, unique […]


Who can apply?

Individual Cultural Economy Workers: Individuals must be professionally active in their cultural or artistic discipline, earning income through their talents. Additional eligibility requirements for individual applicants are as follows. The applicant must be a legal resident of Louisiana. The applicant must provide a valid social security number (if awarded a grant). The applicant must be […]


Who is NOT eligible to apply?

Individuals, businesses, or nonprofit organizations that are not based in Louisiana Full-time students Churches or religious organizations Government entities/municipalities

Eligibility of Past LCEF Grant Recipients

Individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations are eligible to receive a grant award from LCEF  once per year. For the 2013 grant round, all prior grant recipients are eligible, unless you have not submitted a final report. If you are a prior recipient that has not completed a final report and are interested in applying for […]


EOF Supports:

The Economic Opportunity Fund supports activities related to an opportunity that will create a new, long-term earned income or revenue stream for the applicant. Examples include (but are not limited to): Travel Materials/supplies Professional fees/services Rental or purchase of equipment Promotional expenses/marketing These are general examples. If your application includes a request to fund one […]

EOF Will NOT Support

The following list outlines some, but not all activities ineligible for support: regular, recurring expenses involved in establishing, maintaining, or administrating an organization or company; this includes any fees that are part of your normal operations applicant’s own artistic fees salaries costs involved in real-estate purchase or new construction purchase of equipment not related to […]

Helpful Hints for Writing a Successful Grant Application

Applicants should exercise creativity to develop an innovative solution for generating a new income stream. Identify and define the opportunity clearly and concisely. Justify what makes the opportunity new and unique (describe how is it different from what you normally do). Address specifically how this unique opportunity will directly increase your income or revenue and […]

Required Attachments

The submitted online application must include the following documents in electronic format (Word, Excel, PDF, JPG, JPEG). Applicants must have these documents ready for upload. Photos/samples of work should be relative to the request (if possible) and also show an example of you or your organization’s work. Individual Cultural Workers Current resume indicating you are […]

Range of Grant Amounts

Individual Cultural Workers: $250 – $2,500 Nonprofit Cultural Organizations: $500 to $2,500 Cultural Economy Businesses: $500 to $2,500 Collaborative Applications: $1,000 to $5,000 (Amount awarded depends on number of applicants involved in the collaborative endeavor, scope of opportunity, and ability to earn new income) Additional Funding Consideration: All grant amounts are subject to change, depending […]

Examples of Fundable Activities

The following are very general examples of the types of opportunities that would qualify for funding through this initiative. These examples are by no means comprehensive. Also, if you apply for one of the types of opportunities on this list you are not guaranteed funding. Applicants are encouraged to develop their own unique ideas. EOF […]

Grant Payment

Grants will be paid in a single payment upon execution of the grant agreement. To receive payment, grantees must complete and return their Grant Agreement within 30 days of award notification. The Grant Agreement with the applicant’s original signature should be mailed to: Lisa Picone LCEF 1540 Canal Street New Orleans, LA 70112 Failure to […]


Grant recipients are required to submit an Interim Update and a Final Impact Report to LCEF. You will receive an email reminder when these reports are due. All reports will be submitted online. 2012 Reporting Deadlines: Interim Update: April 1, 2013 Final Impact Report: September 2, 2013 2013 Reporting Deadlines: Interim Update: April 4, 2014 […]

EOF Cycle/Timeline


EOF on-line Applications are now closed. Grant awards will be announced December 2, 2013.

2013 EOF Round

July 21 – Grant Applications Available Online August 6 – Individual Application Webinar August 7 – Business Application Webinar August 8 – Nonprofit Application Webinar August 30 – Draft Review Deadline (LCEF staff will provide feedback on your application. Email for assistance.) September 13 –  EOF Grant Application Deadline 5:00 p.m. sharp. The online […]