The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is accepting applications  for the 2022 Catapult Fund small business training program. A partnership between the Foundation, Capital One Bank and the Louisiana Small Business Development Center, the  2022 Catapult Fund is open to entrepreneurs in the beauty, fashion and jewelry industries.

The purpose of the Catapult Fund is to encourage innovation and sustainability for entrepreneurs in cultural industries through training and investment.

To be eligible, applicants must have small Louisiana-based businesses in the beauty, fashion, and jewelry industries. These may include: clothing, cosmetics, soaps, hair products, and  others. The Catapult Fund provides a 12-session business  training course over a three-month period. Following completion of the training course, participants will be awarded grant funding. 

“The Jazz & Heritage Foundation has over the years provided millions of dollars in grant funding to nonprofits and education programs through our Community Partnership Grants. With the explosion of entrepreneurship in our region, we also want to support those businesses working in the arts that are contributing to the development of a sustainable cultural industry.” said Don Marshall, Executive Director of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.

As an education and funding program for entrepreneurs in the arts, the Catapult Fund provides intensive training in best practices for business, along with access to grant funding. 

“The Catapult Fund is an example of how we’re continuing to find ways to support our community with innovative new programs,” Marshall said, adding: “We wanted to distinguish ourselves from other entrepreneurship assistance programs by reaching deep into the grass-roots community, and by providing access to funding as well as business training.”

Deadline for online applications is January 12, 2022. All applications and supporting documentation must be submitted online. Courses will take place between February 1, 2022 – April 26, 2022. To learn more or apply, visit

Additional help with online applications is available from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation by calling (504) 558-6100 or by email at

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