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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Wisner Grant Donation

The Edward Wisner Donation was created from the estate of Edward Wisner to the City of New Orleans as a 100 year charitable trust in 1914.  According to the original donation, the Wisner Donation must support local needs in the areas of beautification, education, recreation or human services. 

Today, the Wisner Donation offers public and non-profit organizations an opportunity to submit a funding request through a competitive selection process.

Proposals should include information about the organization; details on specific programs grants would fund, a requested dollar amount, and an explanation of how the project would be benefit the public.

All applicants are encouraged to provide an Occupational License number and Confirmation of Good Standing from the Louisiana Secretary of State along with their application.

Grantees will be required to enter into a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the City of New Orleans and to provide documentation including:

  • Occupational License
  • An approved Tax Clearance Authorization
  • Board Resolution
  • Confirmation of Good Standing from the Secretary of State

To get certificate of good standing from the Louisiana Secretary of State please click here.

*We encourage submitting these documents with your application

Please note: any non-profit organization operating within the City of New Orleans must have an Occupational License. If your organization does not have an Occupational License, please visit The Bureau of Revenue (Room 1W15 in City Hall). Occupational Licenses will be issued at no charge for all qualifying non-profits.

A successful Wisner grant proposal will include the following components: 

  • Cover Letter
  • Section 1: Proposal Narrative
  • Section 2: Organizational Profile
  • Section 3: List of Board Members/Key Officers
  • Section 4: Key Contact Information for the Organization
  • Section 5: Leadership
  • Section 6: Other Sources of Funding

Proposal Guidelines can be found here: Grant Proposal Instructions


Applications for the next review period are due by 5 p.m. on May 31, 2017.

For more information contact

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Last updated: 10/3/2016 3:52:35 PM

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