NEW ORLEANS, LA —Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced that 25 organizations across the City will receive grants from the Edward Wisner Donation in Fall 2012.
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,” said Mayor Landrieu. “These grants are distributed to deserving organizations based on competitive criteria and a thorough assessment of all applications.”
Mayor Landrieu is investing $250,000 in 25 organizations, with grant sizes ranging from $5,000 to $20,000. This is the Landrieu Administration’s third round of Wisner Donation grants.
In July 2012, the City issued a call for applicants 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.
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, Health Commissioner Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Executive Director of the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission Vic Richard, Director of Strategic Partnerships Brooke Smith, Advisor to the Mayor for Strategy and Development Ashleigh Gardere, Director of the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority Jeff Hebert, and Innovation Delivery Team leader Charles West.
The Review committee gave priority to organizations and projects that: provide enrichment or mentoring programming and life skills training for at-risk youth; employ arts and cultural programming to support youth development; and provide critical social services to those most in need.
“We will continue to ensure that we use these public funds to strengthen the heart of our community and address our city’s greatest needs, while ensuring that key programs in line with the priorities of the public and my administration move forward,” said Mayor Landrieu.
Click here for a full list of Fall 2012 recipients.