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BAC and LCEF partner for grant distribution


The Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation is partnering with the Bossier Arts Council to create a fund for distribution of Economic Opportunity Fund grants in Bossier Parish.

The partnership is designed to promote cultural and economic development at the local level.

“The Bossier Arts Council is thrilled to partner with the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation to expand opportunities for our community artists. BAC believes that our artists are not just the “icing” on the cake of economic opportunities but rather the driving force behind creative entrepreneurship, ” said Leigh Anne Chambers, Executive Director of the Bossier Arts Council.

“We are excited to have Bossier Arts Council as a partner to help us promote the EOF grant program in Bossier Parish. As a statewide organization, it is important for LCEF to have the greatest possible outreach to cultural producers. One of the goals of the partnership is for us to work together with arts agencies around the state to ensure quality application submissions from their parish,” said Lisa Picone, LCEF EOF Director. LCEF plans to distribute at least two grants in Bossier Parish as a result of this partnership.

The deadline to submit applications online is September 13, 2013 at 5 p.m. This is a hard deadline, the online system will not accept applications after this time. Applications are available now atwww.culturaleconomy.org and must be submitted online.

LCEF is hosting a webinar for interested applicants Tuesday, August 27 at 5 p.m. To register to participate via computer, emaillisa@culturaleconomy.org. If interested applicants don’t have access to the internet, they can view the webinar at the Bossier Arts Council. RSVP by phone 318-741-8310 or email leigh@bossierarts.org.

LCEF Economic Opportunity Fund is designed to increase the entrepreneurial capacity and economic health of cultural economy stakeholders. 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 opportunity identified by the applicant. These funds are not intended to be general support dollars for projects or organizations.

They are targeted to unique opportunities to earn income that are not a part of the applicant’s regular work or programming. Self-employed individual cultural producers, nonprofit cultural organizations and cultural small businesses based in Louisiana are eligible for the EOF grant program. Maximum grant awards are $2,500.

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Sean Green is managing editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune.