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Want to Be A Vendor During Mardi Gras 2022? Here’s What You Need to Know

Residents interested in operating a vendors booth at a fixed location during Mardi Gras 2022 can begin registering for a lottery on Jan. 10, 2022 through Jan. 21, 2022.

Registration materials can be delivered in person or by mail to the Bureau of Revenue, City Hall, 1300 Perdido St., Room 1W15, New Orleans, LA 70112. Mailed registration materials must be received no later than Friday, Jan. 21, 2022.

The Department of Finance, Bureau of Revenue will hold the 2022 lottery for the Mardi Gras fixed locations at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022, in the lobby of the Civil District Court Building, 421 Loyola St.  

The 2022 Carnival season begins Friday, Feb. 18, 2022 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, 2022.

All participants must submit both a completed Official Lottery Registration Card and a sales tax deposit in the amount of $1,000 in the form of a certified check or money order, made payable to the City of New Orleans. Participants do not need be present at the Feb. 3  lottery. Those not selected for a fixed location will be refunded their deposit. Lottery placements are non-transferable.

Vendors interested in obtaining Walker’s Permits for this Mardi Gras season can go to the Revenue office the week of Feb. 16. More information on these permits is available on the City’s website at Nola.gov or at the Revenue Department, Room 1W15 in City Hall.

For more information, contact the Department of Finance, Bureau of Revenue, Application Unit, at (504) 658-1662 or (504) 658-1643 or (504) 658-1645.

Property Tax Payment Deadline Extended to Feb. 28

The City of New Orleans recently announced the extended deadline for 2022 property tax payments due to the significant number of damaged properties as a result of Hurricane Ida. Homeowners have until Feb. 28, 2022, to submit tax bill payments.  

On Sept. 23, the Orleans Parish Assessor’s Office re-opened the tax rolls to provide homeowners an opportunity to submit Ida-related damages. 

To better serve taxpayers, public libraries throughout the city will be stationed as quick-serve drop-off locations. The following locations will serve as drop-off locations on Feb. 24, 25, and 28 only:   

East New Orleans Regional Library, 5641 Read Blvd.   

Norman Mayer Library, 3001 Gentilly Blvd.   

Mid-City Library, 4140 Canal St.   

Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Dr.  

City of New Orleans employees will be available at each drop-off location to receive sealed envelopes containing no more than three property tax stubs and payments. Cash will not be accepted, and receipts will not be provided. 

Jazz & Heritage Foundation Announces Catapult Fund for Small Business Owners in Beauty, Fashion, Jewelry

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 catapultfund.org

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