Foundation for Louisiana launches Community of Care grants

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Applications open for Foundation for Louisiana Community of Care grants

 

The Opportunity

Foundation for Louisiana aims to support the staff and volunteers of Louisiana nonprofits, community-based organizations, and movement formations working to respond to, mitigate the impacts of, and organize to prevent the increasingly severe and more frequent natural and human-caused disasters faced in Louisiana.  We acknowledge the role of climate change, environmental racism, and discriminatory public policy in the ways in which these disasters are experienced differently on the basis of race, gender, sexual identity, age, systems-involvement, disability, geography, economic stability, and immigration status.  We aim to name and honor the fact that Louisiana nonprofit, community-based organizations, and movement workers and volunteers are simultaneously the heart of disaster response and resistance and people who are directly impacted by these disasters.  We believe that people, organized and grounded in community values, are able to build power and influence outcomes for positive change.  We also believe that people in that work, day after day and year after year, need resources for healing, respite, and restoration and that organizations need the flexible resources to care for their own. 

The Hurricane Ida Community of Care grants programs is timed to coincide with the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Ida, acknowledging that disaster recovery is a long-term process and that people need sustained resources to support ongoing recovery after the initial period of support and awareness has passed.  Community of Care grants are one-year grants available in increments between $10,000 and $25,000.  The grants are designed to support the needs of staff members individually or collectively which may include offsetting the cost of additional time away from work, piloting new organizational policies and/or benefits, support for housing repair and/or adaptation, and/or access to diverse therapeutic modalities. 

Goals

  • Support nonprofits, CBOs, and movements in caring for their organizations and their  workers and volunteers who provide and support direct services and/or action in the areas of disaster relief, mitigation and adaptation, and recovery
  • Acknowledge that many organizations must pivot during times of disaster and provide the same support for nonprofit, CBO, and movements in caring for their organization and their  workers and volunteers who provide and support direct services and/or action in the areas of climate justice, criminal justice reform and transformation, economic justice, racial justice, including organizations who support reproductive freedom, LQBTQ+ organizing, and/or disability justice
  • Acknowledge the leadership, community wisdom, and service of Black, Indigenous, and people of color Louisianans, LGBTQ+ Louisianans, immigrants, and Louisianans with disabilities 
  • Learn about the deep work of care and the networks of support that already exist inside of and across nonprofit, CBO, and movement spaces

Timeline and Process

Applicants should gather all required documentation prior to starting the online application. Applicants will be prompted to create a free Submittable account or sign in with Google or Facebook credentials to submit the application form. The following documents will be needed to complete the application: 

  • A copy of your 501(c)(3) tax exempt determination letter or a copy of your fiscal sponsor’s 501(c)(3) tax exempt determination letter
  • Organizational budget (including revenue and expense categories) for the current fiscal year and the previous fiscal year
  • Most recent audit or 990 filing or that of your fiscal sponsor  

The timeline for this grant opportunity is as follows: 

  • August 26: RFP announced 
  • September 13: Informational webinar from 12 – 1pm CT 
  • September 26: Applications due by 12pm CT
  • September 26 – October 20: Review Period
  • October 21: Notifications
  • November 1: Anticipated grant start date

Assessment and Selection Criteria

  • Applicants must be based in one of the parishes that received federal disaster declaration following Hurricane Ida: Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana parishes
  • Applicants must either have federal tax exempt/501(c)(3) status or have a fiscal sponsor with federal tax exempt/501(c)(3)
  • Applications will be assessed on the following criteria: 
    • A clear explanation of how their organization approaches or would like to approach care, healing, and/or restoration for staff members and/or volunteer workers  
    • A narrative to help FFL understand how Hurricane Ida impacted their staff and/or volunteer workers which may include sharing existing strengths for self and community care as well as challenges faced
    • An easy-to-understand budget showing the proposed use of funds 
    • Alignment of their organizational mission and the proposed use of funds with FFL values 

More Information

  • To review our responses to frequently ask questions (FAQs,) click here 
  • A recording of the informational webinar hosted by FFL on September 13 about this opportunity is available here 
  • Resources and support for using our online application portal Submittable is available here
  • Want to learn more about how our application has been designed to be inclusive of Louisianans with disabilities?  Learn more here.  To discuss accommodations, please contact Jamie Schmill at jschmill@foundationforlouisiana.org or call us at (225)383-1672.  Please refrain from calling or emailing except to discuss accommodations.

Questions about this opportunity, eligibility, or how to prepare your application materials? Other questions or concerns?  Email us at grants@foundationforlouisiana.org

 

About Foundation for Louisiana

Foundation for Louisiana (FFL) is a social justice philanthropic intermediary founded in 2005 as the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation to invest in the immediate recovery of Louisiana’s communities after hurricane Katrina. While FFL was founded in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, our founders recognized the need to address the longstanding inequities that have shaped life outcomes for the most marginalized of Louisianans. Our programs grew in response to these needs, and today FFL focuses on racial justice, climate justice, criminal justice reform, economic opportunity, LGBTQ organizing, and support for Louisiana's vibrant arts and culture via a three-pronged strategy: 

  • Invest: FFL makes grants and loans to support organizations and movements throughout Louisiana in our key program areas. We attract and invest resources to support on-the-ground projects, many of which can’t access traditional philanthropy. Through fiscal sponsorship, we support innovative ideas responding to unmet needs throughout Louisiana.
  • Build: We build power to effect change in Louisiana communities. Our TOGETHER initiative convenes community leaders and provides training in organizing, policy change, leadership, public speaking, and facilitation to tackle issues of climate change, police accountability, health disparities, housing access, and more.
  • Transform: By fortifying movements, we shift systems and shape regional and national narratives. We re-imagine how our communities are governed and funded in order to redefine how residents are able to thrive in them.

Since its inception, FFL has invested $55 million in more than 250 mission-critical nonprofit organizations working across the state towards building a more just Louisiana. As a social justice philanthropic intermediary, FFL’s work unapologetically advances racial justice while moving Louisiana forward. The foundation engages communities in both program co-design as well as its grant-making process, in order to expand opportunities and move communities towards a more just future.