Emergency Recovery Grants

Applications for Emergency Recovery Grants are currently closed. Stay tuned for future opportunities by signing up for the LEH Grants newsletter here. Learn more about the most recent recovery grants below.


2022 Emergency Recovery Grants

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, with the support the State of Louisiana, is offering grant opportunities to humanities-based nonprofit organizations for ongoing disaster recovery in 25 parishes declared federal disaster areas due to impacts from Hurricane Ida. The application will open on November 1, 2022, and grants will be awarded on a rolling basis until funds are fully expended.  


Eligible Parishes

Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana. 

Humanities Focus

The term “humanities” includes, but is not limited to, the study and interpretation of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of the social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life. 

Non-Profit Status

All applicants must submit their federal tax identification/EIN number and UEI. Nonprofits must submit copies of their form 990 and IRS determination letter.  

Only 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status organizations, public-facing organizations operating within accredited institutions of higher learning, state and local governmental agencies, and state and federally recognized Native American tribal governments are eligible to receive grant funds. 


All Emergency Recovery Grant applications will be subject to the same review process based on the following criteria: 

  • Demonstrated need for long-term emergency recovery funds 
  • Estimated annual audience 
  • Record of strong humanities programming 
  • Organization size 
  • Geographic location (organization must be in one of the 25 parishes listed above that were declared a federal disaster area after Hurricane Ida) 
  • Town or parish population density 

Organizations reaching underserved populations are particularly encouraged to apply. 

Grant Amount

Grant amounts range from $1,000–$10,000.

Cost share is not required for this grant. 

All expenses must occur within the period of performance. The period of performance begins the date the award is made and ends exactly one year after that date. Expenses incurred outside of the period of performance are not eligible. Receipts and invoices will be required in the Final Report.

Organizations that have open Disaster Mitigation Grants are not eligible to apply. Grantees who have active Disaster Mitigation Grants must first close out the active grant before they are eligible to apply for a Emergency Recovery Grant.

Eligible Projects and Expenses

Emergency Recovery Grants provide funds for facility repairs or upgrades to reduce vulnerability, clean up, remediation, rental of temporary meeting space, or other action that can mitigate the effects of past or future natural disaster damage.  

Specific examples include but are not limited to: 

  • Repair or cleanup of storm damage not covered by insurance; 
  • Coverage or partial coverage of insurance storm deductible; 
  • IT support to underwrite moving servers and other local systems vulnerable to onsite flooding to the cloud; 
  • Physical repairs that reduce vulnerability; 
  • Mold remediation. 


Upcoming Information Sessions

Interested in learning more about this grant opportunity? Sign up for one of our 2022 Emergency Recovery Grant info sessions. 

Tuesday, November 15 at 2 p.m. 

Thursday, December 8, at 10 a.m. 


Resource Documents

Preview the application here.  

View a sample budget here. 

View a sample budget narrative here.  


If you have questions about 2022 Emergency Recovery Grants, we encourage you to contact Public Programs Coordinator Clare Shelburne at to discuss your project.