8(g) Grants Program

Louisiana’s Quality Education Support Fund, frequently referred to as 8(g), is the result of a 1953 federal settlement with several states over offshore drilling and development. The “8(g)” comes from the name of a 1986 amendment to the settlement, which gives Louisiana 27 percent of the money from such development. That same year, Louisiana citizens voted to use the money as a trust fund for education.

Since its inception, the 8(g) fund has assisted schools and districts statewide, enabling them to provide better educational opportunities for all of Louisiana’s children. Through its authority from the Louisiana Constitution, BESE established a structure for the orderly review, award, and administration of 8(g) grants. Eligible public and non-public systems, public independent schools, and approved non-public independent schools can access 8(g) funds by applying through the grant programs established by BESE.

For a detailed history of the 8(g) Quality Education Support Fund, click here.


8(g) Funding Guidelines and Methods

8(g) funds are awarded for specific purposes, and the monies are currently disbursed through one of two funding methods.


8(g) Annual Programs and Reports

Each year, BESE compiles an annual report of the results gained by schools through use of 8(g) funds. The five previous years' programs, budgets, and reports are available online.