Rebirth Grants

Application Timeline

  • Application Yearly: July 1 – August 31
  • Grant Review: September 1 – September 31
  • Grant Award Notifications: mid-October

Projects awarded typically begin in the calendar year following submission of application. For instance, a 2020 Rebirth Grant application will typically fund a project to occur in the 2021 calendar year. Note: the LEH reserves the right to pre-approved projects that otherwise do not align with published grant stream timelines.

Award Amount

  • $500 – $5,000

The LEH will sometimes award partial amounts, i.e. less than the amount requested in the application. In these instances, the LEH will confirm with the applicant that the project is still viable with the reduced amount.

Fundable Formats


This category includes projects that enable humanities scholars to meet directly, whether in-person or virtually, with a public audience. Discussion projects may take the form of symposia, community forums, debates, conferences, seminars, workshops, discussion groups, lectures, and panel discussions.

Podcasts/Radio Documentaries

This category provides funds for the production of audio programs. All documentary projects must use one or more humanities disciplines to examine a topic(s) of Louisiana history and/or culture.

Digital Media

Accessible to the public through the internet, this format consists of interpretive virtual exhibits of local history and culture, folklore/folkways, and museum exhibits. The site developed may also be interactive and include teacher guidelines and curriculum materials.

Exhibition Development

Exhibitions using artifacts, documents, works of art, and/or other cultural objects to interpret ideas and concepts are eligible. Funds may be used to assist in interpreting the permanent collections or temporary exhibitions of museums, or to assemble permanent or traveling exhibitions. In addition, eligible applicants may apply for funds for the interpretation of historic sites.

Festivals/Literary or Film Festivals

This format includes informances or informative performances, interpretive demonstrations of folkways and traditional food, music, crafts and practices, and scholar-led film screenings and discussions as well as author readings and discussions.


Consists of the production of Louisiana humanities publications and photo documentaries; interpretive brochures, guides and booklets, catalogues, and teacher manuals. Under this format, the LEH would also support the development of interpretive and historically/culturally significant, community walking/driving tours.


This format allows for the placement of a humanities scholar within an eligible sponsoring organization for a period not to exceed four months. Such a scholar could aid the sponsor in the planning and implementation of humanities programs; long-range planning efforts; defining and clarifying public policy issues; and increasing cooperative activities between the sponsor and local humanities resources.

Funding Guidelines

Due to the content of LEH projects, humanities scholars must play a central role in all phases of a project as planners, speakers, resource persons, panelists, and/or evaluators. The LEH defines a humanities scholar as an individual professionally trained and primarily engaged in the study, research, writing, and/or teaching of humanities disciplines. The individual can be employed in their field, retired, not employed, or on temporary leave from a professional position in the humanities. Affiliation with a college or university is usual but not mandatory. Scholars usually have a PhD in a humanities discipline or at least alternative credentials.

All LEH projects must focus on topics and themes drawn from the humanities, or bring the analytical potential of the humanities to bear on current political, social or economic concerns and issues. 

The 1965 legislation that established the National Endowment for the Humanities, defines the “humanities” as follows: “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.”

To avoid advocacy and bias, programs sponsored by the LEH must provide for a balance of viewpoints, especially those projects dealing with controversial contemporary issues. For example, a project addressing the First Amendment’s relation to religion in public schools should provide subject matter for both sides of the issue.

Programs must be designed to address the out-of-school public rather than exclusively the scholarly community. While encouraging the participation of the general public, programs may also target specific audiences, such as families, professional groups, ethnic and/or minority groups, students, or women’s groups. The LEH encourages research and publishing project proposals to include a public component as well.

Representatives of the community must be involved in all phases of a project to complement the presence of the humanities scholars. The LEH encourages advance planning with community groups.

The LEH awards grants to nonprofit groups, organizations, and institutions operating in the state of Louisiana. However, the LEH will accept applications from ad hoc groups formed for the purpose of planning and implementing humanities programs. The LEH typically does not award grants to individuals.

Project sponsors are required to show applicant cost share equal to or greater than the LEH contribution. This support may be either in actual cash or in the form of in-kind contributions. For most sponsors, this obligation is met through volunteer time, contributed equipment and supplies, and contributed facilities.

Sponsoring organizations are obliged to provide an objective assessment of whether program activities fulfill or do not fulfill the original intent of the project as articulated in the grant proposal. All programs must include an outside independent evaluator to provide an objective assessment. The evaluation narratives supplement the quantitative data gathered from the audience.


LEH funds cannot be used to support the following types of projects:
  • Creative and performing arts (theater, dance, music, opera, etc.)
  • Research, writing, and publication of material targeted exclusively or primarily for a scholarly audience
  • Scholarships and fellowships
  • Course work for academic credit, except for teacher institutes
  • Museum or library acquisitions
  • Construction or renovation (capital improvements projects)
  • Institutional staffing or any other form of operational support
  • Social or political action
  • Public information campaigns
  • Archival materials without a public component
Within the actual budget, LEH grant funds, as a rule, cannot be used for the following purposes:
  • Food, entertainment, or liquor costs
  • Expenses incurred prior to the grant award date
  • Equipment purchases
  • Indirect costs (overhead) of sponsoring organizations