Decentralized Arts Funding (DAF)

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The Decentralized Arts Funding Program (DAF) is administered jointly by the Louisiana Division of the Arts (LDOA) and the regional DAF Administrators. Initiated in 1995, this program provides a system for funding arts organizations and projects in all regions of the state by giving artists, nonprofit arts organizations, nonprofit organizations, public and private schools, and local government agencies in each parish the opportunity to develop and support arts programs that meet their local needs. The purpose of the program is to make the arts accessible to everyone throughout the state.

Decentralized Arts Funding (DAF) Grants are available to organizations in the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s 11-parish service region: Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, Tangipahoa, Washington, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana. DAF grants are supported by the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.

The Decentralized Arts Funding FY20 Panels will be held on the following dates:

  • September 10th, 2019, 9:30am-3pm, Hammond Regional Arts Center (217 E Thomas St, Hammond, LA)

  • for parishes Tangipahoa, Livingston, West Feliciana, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, and Washington.

  • September 12th, 2019, 9-4pm, Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge (427 Laurel Street, Baton Rouge, LA)

  • For parishes East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, West Baton Rouge, Ascension, and Iberville.

All grant applications must be submitted online via the MGO online application system

Applicants must create a MyGovernmentOnline customer portal account in order to access the grant application. For technical assistance, please call the MGO technical support line at 1-866-957-3764, option 1 for assistance. The MyGovernmentOnline agents are available to assist with any software related questions.

For more information about guidelines and eligibility, contact Monica Pearce, Director of Grants Management & Special Projects at or 225-344-8558 x 228.

Are you an organization getting ready to apply to our Decentralized Arts Funding (DAF) grants? Need some advice on how to talk about your project? Check out our Create U grant webinar! This workshop covers how to use mygovernmentonline, how to manage your DAF grant, and outlines some helpful tips for grant-writing.


For organizations applying for DAF grants within the Arts Council's 11-parish service region, please see below for the FY19 maximum request amounts per parish:

Ascension: $6,415
East Baton Rouge: $7,500
East Feliciana: $1,213
Iberville: $1,998
Livingston: $7,660
Pointe Coupee: $1,364
St. Helena: $1,000
Tangipahoa: $7,246
Washington: $2,822
West Baton Rouge: $1,423
West Feliciana: $1,200

NOTE: DAF Guidelines are posted prior to the Legislative Session; the parish allocations below are based upon FY19 numbers and are likely to change based upon the Legislature’s FY19 budget recommendations. Any change will be taken into account during the Panel deliberations; applicants will not need to submit new forms

Previous DAF Grant Workshop Video (2018)


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