CARES Act Fund Applicants Should Verify they are Completing the Correct Application


fishing pier on Lake Pontchartrain

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is alerting the public that there is only one LDWF application available for commercial fishing industry assistance via the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

LDWF has been accepting applications since Sept. 14 from Louisiana commercial fishermen and others in the industry who have been financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. LDWF has received $14.6 million in federal CARES Act funding.

Applications for commercial fishing industry funds from LDWF must be done via the LDWF website. LDWF has received questions from individuals who have applied for other CARES Act funds believing they had applied for the LDWF-managed program, but had not.

LDWF is requesting that persons applying for commercial fishing industry assistance through this agency be sure that their application says “Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries” at the top. Those applicants getting businesses to help with their application should have them verify it is the LDWF-managed CARES Act funding.

LDWF-managed CARES Act fund applications are free and must be completed online. To access the application, please visit

If you need language assistance or assistance submitting an application, contact the South Central Planning and Development Commission (SCPDC) at 800-630-3791. SCPDC is contracted by LDWF to assist in the application process.

The deadline to apply for LDWF-managed CARES Act funds is 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 26. All applications submitted before the deadline will be considered.

LDWF is aware that Hurricane Laura may have adversely impacted many individuals wishing to apply for this program. LDWF will continually assess the application process and make adjustments as necessary.

For more information contact Richard Williams at [email protected].