Decentralized Arts Funding


Decentralized Arts Funding (DAF) is an arts grant program created and funded by the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. The Acadiana Center for the Arts administers this statewide, parish-by-parish program for Region 4, which includes Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary and Vermilion Parishes. Eligible applicants are non-profit arts organizations, non-profit organizations, government agencies, schools and school boards, colleges and universities, as well as individuals using a fiscal agent.

The DAF FY 2017 application deadline will be Thursday, June 30, 2016 for projects taking place between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017. For DAF FY 2017 Guidelines, click here. The minimum grant request is $1,000 and the maximum grant request is $5,000. No cash match is required. Applicants may submit one grant application, choosing from the three grant categories listed below.

The two grant categories in the Decentralized Arts Funding Program are:

1. Project Assistance

Provides funding for a specific arts project.

Application can be found here. (must open in Microsoft Word)

2. Organizational Support

Provides funding for operating expenses, such as salaries, supplies, and utilities, of arts organizations with 501(c)(3) status from the IRS. Up to 25% of the previous year's annual operating revenues and no more than $5,000.

Application can be found here. (must open in Microsoft Word)

For Provider of Services form, click here.

FREE Grant Application Assistance Workshops will be held throughout Acadiana. For meeting locations, dates and times in your area, click here. Reservations to attend are not required. If you can not attend the workshop in your parish, you may attend a workshop in another parish within Acadiana. All of the information presented is exactly the same for all eight parishes.

Brief PowerPoint Presentation about the DAF program and the topics that will be covered at the workshops

Presentation as Adobe PDF click here.

Presentation as Microsoft PowerPoint click here.


The Final Report is a tool for grant recipients to evaluate the outcomes of activities under the Decentralized Arts Funding Program. Final Reports are due within 30 days of completion of activities, but no later than, October 30, 2016 whichever occurs first.

1. Project Assistance

Project Assistance Final Report Instructions

Project Assistance Final Report

2. Technical Assistance

Technical Assistance Final Report Instructions

Technical Assistance Final Report

3. Organizational Support

Organizational Support Final Report Instructions

Organizational Support Final Report

Attachment A

Attachment B

4. Project Changes

DAF FY 2017 Attachments
DAF FY 2017 - Attachment A
DAF FY 2017 - Attachment B

For more information or to receive assistance with an application prior to submission or final reports, please contact the AcA Community Development Director, Gwen Richard at at [email protected] or 337.233.7060 ext. 227