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How to Apply

Eligibility Requirements

Emeril’s Culinary Garden & Teaching Kitchen

  • Applicant must be a 501c3 K-8 public, private or charter school. Consideration will also be given to a school foundation applying on behalf of a non-profit K-8 public, private or charter school if the foundation exists solely to benefit and support the named school on the application.

Community Grants Program

  • Applicant must be a 501c3 organization delivering culinary, nutrition, and arts education with a focus on life skills development.
  • Preference will be given to applicants located in Greater New Orleans and/or the Gulf South Region of the United States.

Small Grants Program

  • Applicant must be a 501c3 organization with existing school garden and/or culinary education programs.
  • Prioritize applications from Emeril’s restaurant geographic areas; nationwide awards are based on need and mission alignment.

How to Apply

Emeril Lagasse Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant requests.

Emeril’s Culinary Garden & Teaching Kitchen

Interested schools eligible to apply for Emeril’s Culinary Garden & Teaching Kitchen should submit a letter of interest via e-mail to programs@emeril.org or by mail to:

Emeril Lagasse Foundation
Attn: Emeril’s Culinary Garden & Teaching Kitchen
829 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130

Letters of Interest should demonstrate the school’s willingness and ability to implement Emeril’s Culinary Garden & Teaching Kitchen and provide a brief background on the school. Upon consideration, the foundation will contact qualified schools with further application instructions. Unsolicited applications will not be accepted.

Community Grants and Small Grants Program

Interested organizations eligible to apply for the Foundation’s Community Grants Program and/or Small Grants Program should submit a concept paper via e-mail to programs@emeril.org or by mail to:

Emeril Lagasse Foundation
Attn: Community Grants Program
829 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130

Concept papers should be no more than three pages and should provide a brief summary of your organization, the focus of the potential funding request to Emeril Lagasse Foundation, and how you believe that it addresses the Foundation’s funding guidelines. Specifically, all concept papers must include the following elements:

  • Date, organization name and address
  • Project summary (200 words)
  • Need and readiness statement
  • Project description (objectives, activities, timeline, and expected outcomes)
  • Project budget
  • Contact information of the individual submitting concept paper (including position title, telephone number and e-mail address)

Grant consideration is limited to:

  • Organizations with 501c3 status
  • Organizations that do not discriminate by race, religion, sex, age or national origins

Timelines

Emeril Lagasse Foundation accepts concept papers and letters of interest on a rolling basis from qualified organizations that meet the grant program eligibility requirements. After review, if your concept paper or letter of interest indicates that a full and detailed grant application would be appropriate for consideration by our review panel, you will be asked to submit a full proposal for one of the two grant cycles during the year: Spring (March 1) or Fall (September 1).

Concept papers received after February 1 will not be considered for the Spring grant cycle. Concept papers received after August 1 will not be considered for the Fall grant cycle.

Emeril’s Culinary Garden & Teaching Kitchen

  • Letter of Interest Deadline: Rolling
  • Application Deadline: Invitation Only

Community Grants Program

  • Concept Paper Deadline: February 1 / August 1
  • Application Deadline: March 1 / September 1 (invitation only)

Small Grant Program

  • Concept Paper Deadline: February 1 / August 1
  • Application Deadline: March 1 / September 1 (invitation only)

*The Community Grants Program and Small Grants Program operate on the same application cycle.