NEW ORLEANS – Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the 2018 NOLA Commission, and the Office of Neighborhood Engagement announce the application process for the Tricentennial Neighborhood Grants. The application is now open for community organizations, non-profits and individuals to apply.
The Tricentennial Neighborhood Grants, funded by the 2018 NOLA Foundation, will allow New Orleanians an opportunity to further own the city’s future by distributing 73 grants of $1,000 each to support events or projects that uplift New Orleans neighborhoods. The project or celebration must take place within Orleans Parish.
Since 2010, the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Engagement has made capacity building a key component of the overall neighborhood and engagement strategy. The office has launched efforts such as the Annual Neighborhood Summit, Civic Leadership Academy, Neighborhood Leaders’ Roundtable, Coffee on your Corner and Immigrant Outreach Initiative.
Tricentennial Neighborhood Grants represent another element of Mayor Landrieu’s commitment to building strong families through strong communities. New Orleans is a collection of 73 distinct neighborhoods with their own history and traditions. The Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Engagement is directly linked to each neighborhood and its associations.
The awarded grant is to be used for one or more of the following:
- A neighborhood celebration of the Tricentennial
- A collaborative neighborhood beautification or quality of life project commemorating the Tricentennial
- A capacity building project for youth (17 years of age and under)
- A Tricentennial outreach project for the organization
Applicant must meet each of the following criteria:
- Be a member of any formal or informal neighborhood/community association
- Resident of Orleans Parish
- 18 years of age or older
- 501(c)3 designation (for formal associations) or Federal tax ID number (for informal association)
To Apply: Visit https://nola.gov/city/neighborhood-grant/ for the online application or to download the application form. Applications are due by January 8th, 2018 at 5:00 pm, grantees will be notified on Friday, January 19, 2018.
Mayor Landrieu and the 2018 NOLA Foundation will use the City’s 300th Anniversary as a platform to position New Orleans for smart growth and economic sustainability. On October 17, 2017, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the 2018 NOLA Commission called on community organizations, non-profits and individuals to participate in the Next 300 Challenge. The Next 300 Challenge was designed by the Mayor’s Office and the 2018 NOLA Commission as an ideas competition that seeks to generate and seed innovative and collaborative solutions to some of the most systemic and generational challenges facing New Orleans.
About The 2018 NOLA Foundation
As we approach 2018, we honor our city’s history and her place in the world. New Orleans is a resilient city, as history has proven many times over. We have faced and overcome the challenges of rebuilding a great city after fire, war, and disasters—both natural and manmade. With the Tricentennial, we now have the opportunity to celebrate the hard work of generations of New Orleanians who have made us one of the world’s most authentic and beloved cities and to remember the fullness, richness, and diversity of our history as it should have always been remembered.
The 300th Anniversary not only marks where we have been, but also sets the course for where we are going. Our city is becoming safer, schools are improving, and our economy is getting stronger—but we still have work to do in building a bridge to the next 300 years. We are building a new airport, redeveloping our storied riverfront, and creating a 21st century medical corridor. These efforts, among many others, are creating a pathway to prosperity for all the citizens of New Orleans and securing for the future a NEW New Orleans—where everyone individually does well and, as a result, we as a community do well. Our work toward 2018 has been 300 years in the making. We welcome you to join us in commemorating the past and creating the future.