The Greater New Orleans Foundation Awards $421,000 to Continue Flood Relief Efforts

November 18, 2016

Eight Organizations Receive a Grant

(New Orleans, LA | November 18, 2016) The Greater New Orleans Foundation is proud to announce it granted $421,000 to eight organizations working to rebuild communities across Louisiana impacted by the historic floods in August. The grants are to nonprofit organizations working on the implementation of long-term recovery efforts within their fragile, yet resilient communities.

“Experience has taught us that after emergency grants are made for immediate needs like shelter and food, then it’s time to focus on more long-term needs,” said Andy Kopplin, president and CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation. “These grants are addressing such long-term needs as community planning, mental health services, and legal aid.”

The grants are possible thanks to support from numerous foundations including The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which awarded $1 million to the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund.

“We partnered with the Greater New Orleans Foundation because of their expertise in disaster grantmaking and rebuilding efforts,” said Christy W. Slater, New Orleans-based W.K. Kellogg Foundation program officer “They have an awareness, an understanding, and a deep knowledge of the issues communities face as they rebuild. Sharing those experiences is a valuable resource.”

Other funders to the fund included: the Razoo Foundation, the Annenberg Foundation, and DentaQuest.

Grants have been awarded to the following organizations:

All Hands, $35,000, to coordinate a volunteer effort to help rebuild homes in Denham Springs for families that didn’t qualify for assistance programs

Appleseed Louisiana, $6,000, to print the Guide to Protecting Your Property Rights in Louisiana, a useful booklet that was widely distributed after hurricane Katrina

Center for Planning Excellence, $75,000, to work with mayors in towns impacted by the floods to make informed, regionally-connected and coordinated decisions regarding their future development

Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance, $50,000, to provide technical assistance and develop regional housing plans in all the impacted parishes

Healing Hearts for Community Development, $70,000, to train professionals at nonprofit agencies to help treat individuals struggling from trauma

Save the Children, $75,000, to provide mental health services to children with emotional needs

Southeast Louisiana Legal Serves, $50,000, to hire attorneys to provide legal help with cases involving landlord-tenant issues, FEMA appeals, foreclosures, and contractor fraud

Together Baton Rouge, $60,000, to support a program that hires local labor for the remodeling of homes that provides a job and puts money into the local economy