Richard Guidry Cajun and Creole Language Fund
I. OBJECTIVES OF THE FUND
Richard Guidry (1949–2008) contributed greatly to the education and preservation of the French language. This educator, author, actor and consultant dedicated his life to keeping the Cajun and Creole dialects alive in South Louisiana. The Richard Guidry Cajun and Creole Language Fund (RGCCLF) was established to support projects and initiatives that encourage, increase and improve the use of the multiple varieties of French in Louisiana, especially their spoken use in public, in the arts and in education. This includes, (but is not limited to) scholarships for students or non-students, aid for classroom projects, as well as research, cultural initiatives and media projects for the wider community.
II. CRITERIA FOR GRANT APPLICATION AND GRANT RECIPIENTS
a. All applicants must be U.S. citizens and current residents of Louisiana.
b. The applicant’s project must incorporate the French language, in whole or in a substantial part.
c. Applicants must show how their project will benefit the francophone community in Louisiana and the growth of French in our state.
d. Applicants must show an effort to complete the application in their level of French.
e. Only complete applications will be evaluated. A complete application consists of the application form, the budget form, a narrative and the required appendices. Two copies of all documents (one in French for RGCCLF and one in English for CFA), except for letters of recommendation, must be submitted.
f. Selected applicants commit to providing a summary report with receipts and details of how the grant funds were spent no later than thirty (30) days after the project is completed.
g. “Richard Guidry Cajun and Creole Language Fund, a fund of Community Foundation of Acadiana” MUST be acknowledged precisely as indicated on the project.
h. Grant recipients are allowed only one (1) grant within a two-year period. The two-year period will be determined according to the date on which a grant request is approved.
III. DIRECTIONS FOR COMPLETING APPLICATION
a. A complete application must include a copy in French and a copy in English of the following documents, except for letters of recommendation:
i. Application form
ii. Budget form
iii. Narrative and appendices
b. Content and form of application narrative
i. The project narrative is where the applicant expresses how the project respects the RGCCLF objectives and meets the grant application criteria (particularly point “c”). Applicants must show an effort to complete the application in their level of French. It must be limited to the equivalent of no more than 3 pages, using the following standards:
1. A “page” is 8.5” x 11”, on one side only, with 1” margins at the top, bottom, and both sides.
2. Double space (no more than three lines per vertical inch) all text in the project narrative, including titles, headings, footnotes, quotations, references, and captions. However, all text in charts, tables, figures, and graphs may be single spaced. Charts, tables, figures, and graphs presented in the project narrative count toward the page limit.
3. A 12 point font should be used.
c. Appendices must include the following:
1. For individuals, your resume and two letters of support
2. For associations or other entities, a description of the entity (including
mission statement), the organization’s current operating budget, resumes of key people involved with the project, and two letters of support.
IV. DIRECTIONS FOR SUBMITTING APPLICATION
Applications for funding may be submitted online or in writing using the forms
available on Community Foundation of Acadiana’s (www.cfacadiana.org) website. The application deadlines are as follows:
Spring application deadline: March 15, 2023
Fall application deadline: September 15, 2023
RGCCLF will award up to four-thousand dollars ($4,000) in grants. Project underwriting is typically between $500 and $1,000.
Questions can be emailed to Jennifer M. Rodriguez with CODOFIL at email@example.com or Katie Lahey with Community Foundation of Acadiana at firstname.lastname@example.org.