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Jazz & Heritage Foundation Community Partnership GrantsNEW ORLEANS, LA - The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation - the non-profit that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell - has announced the recipients of its 2017-2018 Community Partnership Grants.

More details from The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc. (www.jazzandheritage.org):

Of  325 applications received in four grant categories, 285, or 88 percent, were awarded funding.

The total amount awarded was $800,980, up from $709,474 awarded last year and from $601,264 awarded in 2016. Checks for grant awards in the two education categories were distributed Oct. 26 in a ceremony at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center. A second ceremony will be held Oct. 27 to distribute the remaining grant awards. 

"It's an honor and a privilege to be able to support the great work that is being done by so many people in our community," said Donna Santiago, president of the board of directors of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. "These are truly your Jazz Fest dollars at work."

Since 1979, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation has reinvested the proceeds from Jazz Fest directly into the community — in the form of grants to arts and educational organizations — to support projects that reflect the Foundation’s mission.

The Foundation has donated more than $5 million to nonprofit event presenters, educational programs, dance troupes, theater workshops, gallery showings, film productions, performing artists, visual artists and many more.

By investing so much into the community, and making a concerted effort to nurture local artists and organizations, the Foundation is creating an environment in which arts and education projects can succeed over the long term.

For the 2017-2018 grant cycle, grants were awarded in four categories:

*    One for Louisiana-based non-profit arts organizations that present festivals and other cultural events and hire local performers (77 of 96 applications received funding; list of recipients)
*    One for artists and others who create new artistic works or otherwise document the local culture (66 of 81 applications received funding; list of recipients)
*    One for schools providing music and art classes as part of the school day (all 52 of the applications received were awarded funding; list of recipients)
*    One for non-profits that present after-school and summer educational programs in the arts (90 of 96 applications received funding; list of recipients).

The applications are reviewed and scored by committees made up of members of the Jazz & Heritage Foundation's Board of Directors and Advisory Council. The applications are then ranked by score. Those with the highest scores are awarded the largest percentage of the amount they requested.

The largest grants given this year were $5,000 - the maximum that may be requested. The smallest was $900. The average grant award was $2,810, up from $2,793 last year. All grant awards must be matched by an equal amount of funds the applicants raise from other sources.

The number of applications received this was 325, up from 286 lsat year. The number funded this year was 285, up from 254 last year.

The total budget for Community Partnership Grants increased this year to $800,000 from $700,000 last year and $600,000 the year before. The budget for the program has increased steadily each year since 2012-2013, when it was $313,000.

For more detailed grant statistics, see here.

"Every year we wrestle with the question of whether to give fewer grants in larger amounts, or to give the largest number of grants possible even if it means the individual grant sizes may be small," said Don Marshall, Executive Director of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. "We have found over the years that even though some of the grants may be small, they still have a big impact on the grass-roots organizations receiving them."

Complete lists of the 2017-2018 grant recipients in each category are online at www.CommunityPartnershipGrants.org.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage & Heritage Foundation is the non-profit that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. The Foundation uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest - and other raised funds - for year-round programs in education, economic development and cultural enrichment. For more on the Foundation's activities, see www.JazzAndHeritage.org.

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