The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities’ emergency relief program, the Louisiana Culture Care Fund. Supporting the state’s critical cultural institutions, the fund provides grants to humanities organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with awards ranging between $3,000 and $20,000 and designated for operational expenses.
To date, the LEH has awarded more than $450,000 in grants to 50 humanities organizations in 19 parishes, with applications reviewed on a rolling basis to provide funds as quickly as possible. The Kellogg Foundation’s support, which was dedicated to the hard-hit New Orleans area, provided the LEH with additional resources to distribute in the city.
The initial funding for the Louisiana Culture Care Fund was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the federal CARES Act. In addition to the Kellogg Foundation, The Helis Foundation and the Josef Sternberg Memorial Foundation have also contributed to the fund.
Louisiana Culture Care Fund grants supported by the Kellogg Foundation’s gift are available to 501(c)(3) non-profit cultural organizations in the New Orleans area with a strong humanities focus, such as museums, historic sites and archives, as well as the city’s diverse array of humanities-focused media, festivals and more. For more information about how the humanities are defined, visit www.neh.gov/about.
The funds are designated for operational expenses, including but not limited to staff retention (payroll and benefits), rent, mortgage and utilities. Awards are based on the annual operating budget of the applicant organization. Applications will be accepted through June 30, or until funds are expended. A sample application may be found here. All Louisiana Culture Care Fund applications are subject to the same rigorous review process—details on criteria are available here.
For more information about the Louisiana Culture Care Fund, including eligibility requirements, visit www.leh.org.
LEH Seeks Additional Donors for Louisiana Culture Care Fund
The LEH is seeking to grow the Louisiana Culture Care Fund. Should you wish to contribute, please contact Michael Bourg, vice-president of institutional advancement, at [email protected] or (504) 620-2482.
About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal innovator and entrepreneur Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.
The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special attention is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.
Disclaimer: Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed by organizations receiving funds do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.