BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Applications for the Louisiana Cultural Districts program are now open, says the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development’s Division of Arts.
Municipal or parish governments can apply a specific geographic area for designation as a Cultural District and currently eligible Louisiana Cultural Districts can fill out an application for boundary expansion.
The deadline to apply is Saturday, August 1.
Applications are to be submitted at louisianaculturaldistricts.org.
“Louisiana’s culture doesn’t just Feed Your Soul, it means business for our state,” said Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser. “Our Cultural Districts have proven to be an excellent economic development tool for many cities in Louisiana, benefitting both the local government and developers in these areas. It is an economic tool that will be important for many areas as continue down the road to recovery from a rough 2020.”
Louisiana has 115 cultural districts spanning through 71 towns in 41 parishes.
Communities with cultural districts also benefit from two specific tax incentives.
These incentives include state historic tax credits and a local sales tax exemption for districts selling original art.
For application guidelines, program implementation guidelines, or boundary changes, visit here.