Greater New Orleans Foundation Launches $1M Community IMPACT Program
New Orleans — The Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF) announced today the launch of the Community IMPACT Program. The Community IMPACT Program will award $1 million in grants to nonprofit organizations serving the Greater New Orleans region. Grants will be awarded in the following six categories:
Arts & Culture
Children & Youth
Civic Engagement & Nonprofit Support
Human & Social Services
“We realize that this is an especially difficult time for the nonprofit organizations serving our region. The recession has affected giving at all levels. The Community IMPACT Program will provide grants to support effective charitable work in light of declining revenues in this tough economy,” said Albert Ruesga, president & CEO of GNOF.
The $1 million from the Community IMPACT Program represents earnings from field of interest funds established by generous donors within the community.
“We owe an incredible debt of gratitude to the donors who chose to partner with the Greater New Orleans Foundation to meet their philanthropic goals. It’s their gifts that will have a measurable impact on the nonprofit organizations serving our region,” said Ruesga. Earnings from the community foundation’s unrestricted funds also contributed to the $1 million program.
The ultimate goal of the Community IMPACT Program is to create a resilient, sustainable, vibrant, and equitable region in which individuals and families flourish and in which the special character of the New Orleans region and its people is preserved, celebrated, and given the means to develop.
Who can apply?
Nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations that serve the Greater New Orleans region are eligible to apply. Organizations that are not tax-exempt but have a fiscal agent relationship with a 501 (c)(3) organization are also eligible.
How to apply?
We have a simple two-step process:
1. Submit a two- to three-page Letter of Intent by September 22, 2009. To review what is needed in the Letter of Intent, please visit http://www.gnof.org/nonprofits/apply-for-a-grant. Hard copies can also be picked up at the Greater New Orleans Foundation offices, 1055 St. Charles Avenue, Suite 100. The Greater New Orleans Foundation will review all Letters of Intent and decide which organizations will be invited to complete a full application for funding. Organizations will be notified of this decision by October 12, 2009.
2. Those invited to submit a full application will be asked to submit their proposals by November 2, 2009. Awards will be announced by December 11, 2009.
The Greater New Orleans Foundation is the community foundation serving the 13-parish Greater New Orleans metropolitan area. We design and lead initiatives that improve the region, connect donors to community needs, identify and support great nonprofits, and strengthen civil society.