35 New Orleans community groups, health-focused organizations win grants from city

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 30, 2011

MAYOR LANDRIEU ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF WISNER DONATION FUNDS
35 Organizations Awarded Grants, Mayor Announces Strategic Investments

NEW ORLEANS, LA-Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced that 35 nonprofit organizations across the city will receive grants from the Edward Wisner Donation in 2011. A full list of recipients is attached.

In March 2011, the City issued a call for proposals from the public for grants to be issued from the Edward Wisner Donation. The Wisner Donation was created from the estate of Edward Wisner to the City of New Orleans as a 100 year charitable trust in 1914. The Donation must support local needs in the areas of beautification, education, recreation or human services.

"We are proud to announce Wisner Donation grant recipients today. The changes we have made to the way funds from the Wisner Donation are distributed are catalytic, and in line with my administration's commitment to openness and accessibility," said Mayor Landrieu. "We must be good stewards of all public funds, and in order to distribute these particular funds we set competitive criteria and conducted a thorough assessment of all applications."

In August 2011, applicants were asked to submit information about their organization, details on specific programs a grant would fund, a requested dollar amount, and an explanation of how the project would benefit the public. The City sought proposals that best responded to several criteria, including those that align with citywide priorities, demonstrate an innovative and performance-driven approach, maximize public access and benefit, capitalize on diversity and inclusiveness, and leverage other investments.

Mayor Landrieu has committed to awarding grants to organizations bi-annually, with the average grant size ranging from $10,000 to $50,000.

Applications were reviewed by a group of senior City officials including Deputy Mayor and Chief of Staff Judy Reese Morse, Advisor to the Mayor for Cultural Economy Scott Hutcheson, Criminal Justice Commissioner James Carter, Executive Director of the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission Vic Richard, Advisor to the Mayor for Strategic Partnerships Brooke Smith, and Advisor to the Mayor for Strategy and Development Ashleigh Gardere.

In addition to funding nonprofit organizations that provide valuable direct services, the Administration will also use the Wisner Donation to advance large-scale systems change in key areas including criminal justice, youth development, and workforce development.

In 2011, the Wisner Donation will fund a $520,000 investment in the S.O.S. NOLA: Saving Our Sons campaign. This includes funding for a 50% match requirement to support the Bloomberg Philanthropies' Innovation Delivery Team, resources which support the Mayor's commitment to reduce the homicide rate in New Orleans; and implementation of the Chicago Cease Fire model in New Orleans neighborhoods and other community engagement efforts which focus on combating gun violence.

"We have taken unprecedented steps to ensure that these public funds address our City's greatest needs," said Mayor Landrieu. "Through these grants and strategic investments, we will be able to ensure that key programs in line with the priorities of the public and my administration move forward."

Click on the link to see the recipients.
2011_Wisner_Grants-1317419927.pdf

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