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Richard Guidry Cajun and Creole Language Fund


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The Richard Guidry Cajun and Creole Language Fund (RGCCLF) fosters or extends the growth of the French language in public discourse, the arts or education. There are two, $325 grants available to fund classroom projects, research, cultural activities and media projects that use spoken French in the community. Grants will be awarded based upon the quality of the proposals and their adherence to the Fund's mission which is to grow the use of spoken Cajun and Creole in the wider community.

Please click here to download an application. Applications are due on January 15 and July 15. Please contact RGCCLF advisor Brenda Mounier with any questions at brendamounier@gmail.com.



April 2016 Richard Guidry Cajun and Creole Language FundAward Recipient:

Laure Warner


Left to Right: Monique Vidos, Woodvale Elementary Principal; Laure Warner, grant recipient and Woodvale Elementary teacher; Brenda Mounier, RGCCLF advisor; Sandy LaBry, RGCCLF member 

Received a grant to purchase books for a French library in her fourth grade classroom at Woodvale Elementary.  Please click here to read the full press release.


August 2015 Richard Guidry Cajun and Creole Language Fund Award Recipient:

Jordy Allen, Prends Courage



Jordy Allen is interviewing the next generation of French speakers in Louisiana. The video interviews will be uploaded to YouTube and social media to introduce a new group of interviewees who speak Louisiana French.

"It's time to turn the camera around. We're presenting to Louisiana and the world the young people of Louisiana who have worked so hard to learn French and help preserve our culture. It's their turn to be recognized for their accomplishments.  Louisiana French now includes accents from everywhere with people who have learned in school, in homes, on back porches, at French tables, and even out of the country. These young people are the products of a cultural revolution where the torch is being passed on. This is the future of French in Louisiana, and we're proud of it." - Jordy Allen


August 2015 Richard Guidry Cajun and Creole Language Fund Award Recipient:

Mikael Espinasse, Cecilia Junior High


"A class of 8th graders from Cecilia Junior High went to the JM Memorial Nursing Home in Arnaudville and practiced their French with the French-speaking residents, semimonthly, from September 2015 until May 2016. The students prepared questions on specific topics (work, school, marriage, army, etc.) and improved their knowledge about their Cajun heritage. Both the residents and the students appreciated the opportunity to visit and learn from one another." 

- Mikael Espinasse, Cecilia Junior High teacher


August 2015 Richard Guidry Cajun and Creole Language Fund Award Recipient:

Rachel Decuir & Maggie Perkins



Rachel Decuir and Maggie Perkins (pictured above) received a grant to organize an Inter-generational French Table Ronde at Vermilionville in September 2015.

April 2015 Richard Guidry Cajun and Creole Language Fund Award Recipient:

Grand Réveil Acadien (Great Acadian Awakening)



Pictured Left to Right: Andy Miller, Richard Guidry Cajun and Creole Language Fund advisor; Brenda Mounier, Richard Guidry Cajun and Creole Language Fund advisor; Jennifer Perenchio, public relations and communications manager at Louisiane-Acadie; Randal Menard, president of Louisiane- Acadie

The Grand Réveil Acadien received a grant for all youth activities for 4th grade French Immersion students and homeschoolers in Lafayette Parish at its event at the Cajundome Convention Center in October 2015.

April 2014 Richard Guidry Cajun and Creole Language Fund Award Recipient:

Local Learning @ Vermilionville (LL@VV)


Pictured Left to Right: Erin Winder, CFA communications & development director; Peggy Feehan, Vermilionville and LL@VV education coordinator; Jolie Johnson, Vemilionville museum operations coordinator and LL@VV project manager; Brenda Mounier,Richard Guidry Cajun and Creole Language Fund advisor; Catherine Fontenot, Vermilionville tour coordinator and LL@VV program artisan



January 2014 Richard Guidry Cajun and Creole Language Fund Award Recipients
Lafayette High School (LHS) French Club
The department of Foreign Languages at the Louise S. McGehee School in New Orleans




Pictured Left to Right: Andy Miller, Richard Guidry Cajun and Creole Language Fund adviser, Madeleine Comeaux, LHS senior and president of the French Club, Marianne Cheramie, French Club sponsor and teacher, Spencer Leger, LHS sophomore and French Club secretary, and Raymond Hebert, President and CEO of CFA.



Pictured Left to Right: Students of the Louise S. McGehee School's department of Foreign Languages

Please click here to read the full release on these recent grants.


December 2013 Richard Guidry Cajun and Creole Language Fund Award Recipients
Action Cadienne
Jessica Cormier
Charles Larroque




Pictured Left to Right: Raymond J. Hebert, CFA President & CEO; Award recipients Marguerite Aucoin for Les Amis du Francais de la Paroisse Evangeline and Charles Larroque; and Brenda Mounier, Richard Guidry Cajun and Creole Language Fund advisor; Jessica Cormier, 2013 Award Recipient (not pictured)

Marguerite Aucoin received a grant for a Children's French Camp in Chataignier, Louisiana for June 2013 and 2014.

Charles Larroque received a $1,000 grant for his documentary on the Creole Culture in Parks, Louisiana, titled "Promise Land".


2013 Richard Guidry Cajun and Creole Language Fund Award Recipients
Marianne Cheramie
Jessica Cormier
Donna Segura
 

Pictured Left to Right: Raymond J. Hebert, CFA President & CEO; Donna Segura, 2013 Award Recipient; Marianne Cheramie, 2013 Award Recipient (not pictured); Jessica Cormier, 2013 Award Recipient (not pictured)
 
Donna Segura received a grant to purchase classroom aids to teach a new, French methodology.
 

 
2012 Richard Guidry Cajun and Creole Language Fund Award Recipient
Jessica Cormier
 
 
The Advisory Board of the Richard Guidry Cajun and Creole Language Fund presented its first award to Jessica Cormier, a local educator. Jessica will use the scholarship to continue her studies toward certification to teach French, inclusive of local parlance.

"Richard saw potential in every young person, and it was his belief in us that made us believe in ourselves," says Cormier. "I'm grateful for the scholarship because it will help me continue to do the kind of work Richard cared so deeply about."



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 was established to support activities and projects that help the cause of the French language or francophone culture in Louisiana. 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 in the wider community.


 

Applications for the Richard Guidry Cajun and Creole Language Fund can be found here.


 
 
Click here to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Richard Guidry Cajun and Creole Language Endowment Fund.
 

 

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