The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, in association with four partner organizations, is seeking application for a new a initiative called the Catapult Fund, one created to provide business training education and access to funding for Louisiana arts-and-culture entrepreneurs.
The fund is currently seeking applications from businesses whose main areas of focus include one or more of the following: Dance, theater, music, film, visual art, digital media, design, culinary arts, literary arts and fashion.
The deadline for applications 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, July 15.
Ultimately, nine to 12 applicants will be accepted into a “Catapult Boot Camp,” an eight-week, nine-session program, including discussion and training on on topics ranging from credit and finance to social media and marketing.
The fund will award a total of $50,000 in grants to participants who, after this boot camp, create the best business plan.
Partners in the initiative include:
- The Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation, which will oversee the online application process
- Capital One Bank and the Louisiana Small Business Development Center, which together program and operate the boot camp workshops
- New Orleans’ Ashé Cultural Arts Center, which will provide community outreach, as well as computer access and personal assistance with online applications.
For more information about the Catapult Fund, including the guidelines and application form, please visit the initiative website.