2017 Grantees

Lousiana’s

Bayou Interfaith Shared Community Organizing
Amount: $30,000
Area served: Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes
Objective: Louisiana’s Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments (LA SAFE) outreach, engagement, organizing support; tailoring of FFL’s LEAD the Coast program to run additional cohorts in bayou parishes, grow community leader involvement & organizing capacity for coastal efforts

Camp Noah c/o Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
Amount: $15,000
Area served: Baton Rouge
Objective: Allowed Trinity Lutheran Church in Baton Rouge to offer an after-school version of the Camp Noah curriculum engaging more than 40 children from pre-school to grade six with interactive activities to address preparedness and resiliency skills.

Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development
Amount: $15,000
Area served: Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Tammany, St. John the Baptist, Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes
Objective: Louisiana’s Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments (LA SAFE) outreach, engagement, organizing support; coastal trainings to support community organizations looking to grow their role and involvement across the coastal space

Chez Hope
Amount: $20,000
Area served: St. Mary, Assumption, Iberia and St. Martin parishes
Objective: Allowed Chez Hope to expand its service provision and support for residential and non-residential victims of domestic violence in St. Mary, Assumption, Iberia and St. Martin parishes

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana
Amount: $22,000
Area served: NOAA Identified Coastal Parishes, primarily Lafourche, Jefferson, Plaquemines, Orleans, Terrebonne, St. John the Baptist and St. Tammany parishes
Objective: LEAD the Coast Coastal 101 presentations; coastal education and outreach for leaders in Louisiana’s Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments (LA SAFE); facilitation training around coastal issues and opportunities for LA SAFE table hosts and supporting organizations

Coastal Communities Consulting
Amount: $100,000
Area served: NOAA Identified Coastal Parishes, primarily Lafourche, Jefferson, Plaquemines, Orleans, St. Bernard, St. Tammany parishes
Objective: Support for CCC staff and continued technical assistance to fishing communities; operational support and disaster recovery support; support to grow internal grant writing capacity

Coastal Communities Consulting
Amount: $10,000
Area served: Plaquemines, Jefferson and Lafourche parishes
Objective: Louisiana’s Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments (LA SAFE) outreach for fishing communities

EmpowerBR
Amount: $5,000
Area served: Baton Rouge
Objective: Support advocacy efforts surrounding the Alton Sterling case

Habitat for Humanity
Amount: $20,000
Area served: Greater Baton Rouge
Objective: Assisted in the rebuilding of flood-damaged homes in Greater Baton Rouge

HousingNOLA
Area served: New Orleans
Amount: $25,000
Objective: Expand HousingNOLA to provide the basis of a regional plan for the Greater New Orleans Metropolitan area

Jericho Road Episcopal Housing Initiative
Amount: $4,000
Area served: New Orleans
Objective: Supported a strategic planning process to exploring the feasibility of merger with another community development organization

Lafitte Greenway
Amount: $29,000
Area served: Orleans Parish
Objective: Support for Lafitte Greenway ambassadors program including inclusion of former and new ambassadors for stormwater management and green infrastructure

Louisiana Disaster Recovery Alliance
Amount: $10,000
Area served: Louisiana
Objective: Supported FFL’s participation in the LDRA, a statewide philanthropic partnership to support innovative and proactive recovery initiatives and mitigation efforts to respond to natural and man-made disasters affecting Louisiana. LDRA will prioritize long-term, sustainable disaster recovery models that address the needs of vulnerable communities in Louisiana.

The Life of a Single Mom
Amount: $15,000
Area served: Baton Rouge
Objective: Supported the ongoing work of The Life of a Single Mom in providing support to the more than 600 single mothers in its support group network, many of whom were affected by the Great Flood of August 2016

LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio c/o LSU Foundation
Amount: $10,000
Area served: Baton Rouge
Objective: Supported a session of the Louisiana Community Resilience Institute, a three-part program focused on helping elected officials better understand the importance of planning and design in improving community resilience.

National Wildlife Federation
Amount: $25,000
Area served: NOAA Identified Coastal Parishes, primarily Lafourche, Jefferson, Plaquemines, Orleans, Terrebonne, St. John the Baptist and St. Tammany parishes
Objective: Support for coastal restoration outreach and education of LEAD the Coast participants, Louisiana’s Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments (LA SAFE) table hosts and organizational partners including coordination of flyovers, boat tours, and other
educational sessions

New Orleans Video Access Center
Amount: $68,300
Area served: Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Tammany, St. John the Baptist, Lafourche and Terrebonne
Objective: Louisiana’s Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments (LA SAFE) meeting documentation & recap/promotional videos; videography, documentary, and creative suite workshop trainings in LA SAFE parishes with community partners

MidCity Redevelopment Alliance
Amount: $13,000
Area served: Baton Rouge
Objective: Allowed MCRA to hire skilled laborers (all formerly unemployed) to assist in gutting, mold remediation and rebuilding of flooded homes. MCRA’s efforts, in partnership with other home building organizations, have returned seven families to their homes with 16 more families finalizing their rebuilding plans (projects to be completed by Sept. 30, 2017).

MidCity Redevelopment Alliance
Amount: $25,000
Area served: East Baton Rouge
Objective: — Partial challenge grant to support the purchase of a sprinkler system to assist in the completion of a dormitory to support volunteer housing ($12,500) and for the development of a housing plan for East Baton Rouge Parish under the auspices of the Housing FIRST Alliance of the Capital Area. Similar to the work done by HousingNOLA in New Orleans, this plan has the support of the Mayor-President Sharon Broome and approximately 30 organizations in Baton Rouge. The challenge portion of this grant is for the sprinkler system.

Propeller Incubator
Amount: $200,000
Area served: New Orleans, LA
Objective: Grant to provide loan capital to leverage resources for the region supporting growing and emerging businesses to increase resilience; Four sectors include food security, educational equity, healthcare and water, acknowledging each contribute to resilience strategies, sustainability, equity, and economic empowerment

Radical Arts & Healing Collective
Amount: $6,300
Area served: New Orleans
Objective: Support the Arts-Based Trauma Healing workshop that will explore and provide experimental understanding of the ways art can be catalyzed as a vehicle for trauma healing as well as creative expression in building resistance and resilience to the injustices surrounding us at this time

South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center
Amount: $1,700
Area served: Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes
Objective: Support the ongoing work of the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center to provide a pilot cultural connections program at the beginning of Louisiana’s Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments (LA SAFE) meetings

Southern University Law Center
Amount: $2,500
Area served: Baton Rouge
Objective: Support the updating of a video about STOP and FRISK that was created in 2015 to help increase that chance that young people would be able to safely navigate an encounter with police

SouthWings
Amount: $15,000
Area served: NOAA Identified Coastal Parishes, primarily Lafourche, Jefferson, Plaquemines, Orleans, St. Bernard, St. Tammany parishes
Objective: Support for coastal restoration outreach and education of LEAD the Coast participants, LA SAFE table hosts and organizational partners including flyovers

STAR
Amount: $40,000
Area served: Baton Rouge
Objective: Allowed STAR to hire an additional counselor to support victims of violence who were also affected by the flood. This completely eliminated the waiting list that had grown dramatically following the flood

The Data Center
Amount: $100,000
Area served: Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Tammany, St. John the Baptist, Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes
Objective: Data collection on demographics of current migration patterns and projection of receiving communities; data collection for social and economic attractors and detractors for coastal communities.

Tulane Institute on Water Law & Policy
Amount: $70,000
Area served: NOAA identified coastal parishes with a focus on 4 coastal communities
Objective: Political, financial, and regulatory tipping point assessment of coastal communities; assessment of capacity for coastal parishes to implement nonstructural programming of the Coastal Master Plan in partnership with Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA)

United Saints Recovery Project
Amount: $23,800
Area served: Baton Rouge
Objective: Support 100 work crews— representing 7,800 volunteer hours — engaged in rebuilding efforts in Baton Rouge. Sixteen homeowners were supported during this grant period— 38 since the beginning of the flood.

Upbring c/o Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response
Amount: $15,000
Area served: Baton Rouge
Objective: Provided case management and housing support to approximately 20 families still living in hotel rooms nearly six months after the flooding

Zion Travelers Cooperative Center
Amount: $25,000
Area served: Plaquemines Parish
Objective: Support growth of local capacity to engage in conversations around the Coastal Master Plan, including but not specific to the nonstructural program and how local parish engages with the developments of that program; Louisiana’s Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments (LA SAFE) outreach and engagement of Plaquemines East Bank/Parish School Board