One of the biggest concerns during the most recent events was the inability of the city to effectively disseminate news about the flooding risks. Residents were caught off-guard and unaware. It also quickly became obvious that despite the numerous disasters that have affected the city, not all local residents have been able to take the personal mitigation and preparedness actions that could help them remain safe.
Community & Economic Development
All of our grant making, low-interest lending, convening and knowledge creation has one major goal: to increase economic opportunity among Louisiana’s most vulnerable communities. In our early days, this goal was focused on south Louisiana, in the areas hardest hit by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. As our mission shifted from recovery to include building resilience, Foundation for Louisiana has begun to expand its work beyond New Orleans and the Gulf Coast into Shreveport, the Delta region, Lake Charles and Lafayette. In all cases, we steer investments to communities that have fallen behind in recovery along with those that have suffered historic disinvestment long before the disasters of 2005.
The Community Investment Fund (formerly known as Program-Related Investments) has been a critical piece in supplying communities with the resources to launch large development projects that bring much-needed resources back into devastated areas. Since 2008, Foundation for Louisiana has provided approximately $3.6 million in loans to projects and initiatives such as affordable housing units, healthy food access hubs in underserved communities and co-working, and place-based initiatives where the cultural economy can thrive. Our policy working groups also strive to stimulate economic development at the grassroots level.
Projects We Support
Helping people rise out of homelessness is one of the toughest challenges in the affordable housing arena. Every story of homelessness is heartbreaking; those of homeless veterans are especially tough.Support Projects like these,
Broadmoor Improvement Association, Miller Urban Consulting and "New Zion" City Preservation Association, Inc. (NZCPA) teamed up to develop strategies for fighting blight in small communities.Support Projects like these,
Our Impact in Community & Economic Development
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If you are an individual or small business in the arts, cultural, music, culinary or creative industries located in the Greater New Orleans and Acadiana areas, the Fund offers accessible capital and business training. Loan funds can be used in many ways to support your business — from marketing and advertising to purchasing equipment and supplies, to building your capacity to create long-term projects.
Equity-focused education champion Andrea Zayas tapped to launch and lead new youth-development intermediary in New Orleans
This new organization comes out of recommendations from the YouthShift Initiative, a community-driven initiative working to improve outcomes for children and youth in New Orleans — with the ultimate goal of supporting youth-serving organizations and programs to reach their goals for positive youth outcomes.