Hancock Whitney Opportunity Grant

Hancock Whitney Opportunity Grant

Competitive grant opportunities to help nonprofits broaden community development efforts across the five Gulf South states the bank serves.

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Hancock Whitney will consider grant requests from eligible 501(c)(3) organizations that promote financial health and wellness or affordable housing to underserved communities located within Hancock Whitney service areas. Eligible organizations working with community members to enhance financial sustainability or increase homeownership, along with organizations working to preserve affordable housing in Hurricane Ida impacted areas* are encouraged to apply.

Examples of eligible programs include the following: financial education programs, workforce development, first time homebuyer programs, asset builder programs, and Hurricane Ida related housing rehabilitation.

*Special consideration will be given to organizations servicing federally declared Hurricane IDA impacted communities through financial recovery and housing rehabilitation.*

Funding for the 2021 Hancock Whitney Opportunity Grants total $400,000 with $200,000 designated for organizations serving Hurricane Ida impacted communities.

How to Apply:

Now through October 19, 2021, eligible 501 (c)(3) organizations located in one of Hancock Whitney’s 30 assessment areas in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas may apply digitally for competitive grants of up to $25,000 through the Greater New Orleans Foundation online application portal here.

All applications are due via the online portal no later than October 19, 2021. The Greater New Orleans Foundation will only accept applications submitted electronically. Applications received after the deadline will be ineligible for review.

The application process requires a tax identification number and includes a review for current standing with the Internal Revenue Service. By submitting a proposal, non-profit organizations consent to sharing their application, financial information, and other details related to their application with Hancock Whitney and the Greater New Orleans Foundation. Application documents are stored electronically.

About Hancock Whitney

Since the late 1800s, Hancock Whitney has embodied core values of Honor & Integrity, Strength & Stability, Commitment to Service, Teamwork, and Personal Responsibility. Hancock Whitney offices and financial centers in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Texas offer comprehensive financial products and services, including traditional and online banking; commercial and small business banking; private banking; trust and investment services; healthcare banking; certain insurance services; and mortgage services. The company also operates a loan production office in Nashville, Tennessee, as well as trust and asset management offices in New Jersey and New York. BauerFinancial, Inc., the nation’s leading independent bank rating and analysis firm, consistently recommends Hancock Whitney as one of America’s most financially sound banks. More information is available at www.hancockwhitney.com.

About the Greater New Orleans Foundation

With roots extending nearly 100 years, the Greater New Orleans Foundation has over 1,000 different philanthropic funds and assets of $460 million.  The Foundation serves the 13 parish region of Southeast Louisiana including Assumption, Lafourche, Terrebonne, St. Charles, St. James, St. John, St. Tammany, Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, Tangipahoa, and Washington. Over 900 nonprofits from the region participate in its annual online giving day, GiveNOLA Day, which has raised over $40 million for nonprofits in the last eight years. The Greater New Orleans Foundation has responded to every disaster since Hurricane Katrina, when it led the Unified Community Planning Effort and a $23 million affordable housing fund. More recently, it raised and distributed nearly $7 million in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to Hurricane Ida, the Foundation has already raised over $4 million from more than 1100 individual donors, corporations, and foundations and has dispersed funds to help nonprofits pre-position for Hurricane Ida response efforts.