Cultural economy grants awarded

Advocate staff report

The Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation has awarded $45,585 in grants to 21 cultural entrepreneurs, money that will be used for everything from establishing a line of exercise DVDs set to zydeco music to setting up an app to keep track of filming locations in New Orleans.

The foundation, a nonprofit organization set up after hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 to enhance cultural industries, recently announced the grant recipients, most of them in New Orleans.

The LCF chose the grant recipients out of 157 entries for the funds, which come from mainly corporate, nonprofit and government agency donors.

“Cultural workers in Louisiana are reaching out to LCEF and we are proud to be a resource for them,” Lisa Picone, economic opportunity fund director, said in a statement.

According to a 2011 survey done by the University of New Orleans, 87 percent of grant recipients reported an increase in income or revenue as a result of their grants. The study said while the average grant has been less than $2,500, the average income generated as a result of the award is $7,400.

Here is a list of the grant award winners and what they plan to do with the money:

Baton Rouge and Lafayette area

New Orleans and Northshore area