The Greater New Orleans Foundation today will announce the nine metro New Orleans nonprofits receiving the last $2.2 million of a fund dedicated to help local communities affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The foundation is responsible for donating $5 million of the $25 million Fund for Gulf Communities that an anonymous donor established through the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.
The remaining $20 million will be distributed by five other regional organizations tied to groups in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
Last year, the foundation handed out about $2.4 million to 12 nonprofit groups to aid in the emotional and economic fallout from the spill. About $500,000 is for overhead costs.
Overall, 21 nonprofit groups in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, St. Charles, St. James, and St. John the Baptist, Terrebonne, Assumption and Lafourche Parishes have received funding.
The Greater New Orleans Foundation today also will announce three grants from its environmental initiative, Coastal 5+1, which serves the five coastal parishes of St. Bernard, Plaquemines, lower Jefferson, Terrebonne and Lafourche and the coastal-dependent parish of Orleans.
From the $2.2 million in Rockefeller donations being announced by the Greater New Orleans Foundation today, the Children’s Bureau of New Orleans will receive $250,000 for mental health and psycho-educational services. The Partnership for Youth Development in New Orleans is expanding its youth learning, workforce training, and paid work placement with a $299,708 grant.
The Youth Empowerment Project in New Orleans will use $210,548 to develop a mentoring-based prevention program for at-risk youth. The Mercy Family Center in the metro New Orleans area is receiving $274,500 to expand its post-disaster mental health program, Mercy Community Hope Project.
Grow Dat in New Orleans is getting $214,586 to support its Grow Dat Youth Farm, which aims to develop young leaders through urban agriculture. The Latino Farmers’ Collaborative of Louisiana will put its $125,857 towards expand community food initiatives to reduce hunger, promote food security, and increase access to social services.
The South Central Industrial Association in Houma will receive $374,000 to continue its Work It! Louisiana program that provides students information on prospective jobs.
The Houma Regional Arts Council will use its $240,447 to fund its Coastal Communities Youth Arts Project for six parishes.
And Bayou Grace Communities Service in Terrebonne is receiving $241,850 to support case management services, job re-training assistance, after-school youth tutoring and mentoring services, and community outreach.