The Baton Rouge Area Foundation announced Wednesday morning that $18 million in oil spill recovery money is being granted to four nonprofit organizations, according to a new release from the foundation.
The money comes from the foundation’s Future of the Gulf Fund. The fund has $75 million which was transferred from the Gulf Coast Restoration and Protection Fund established by a $100 million donation from BP last year.
The new fund is designed to help oil rig workers impacted by the oil spill last spring.
During a press conference in New Orleans, the foundation announced grants to the following organizations:
•Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans will receive $15 million for the Spirit of Hope Collaborative, a group of 16 nonprofits working to help disaster victims get mental health and career counseling.
•The Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans will receive $2 million to create a permanent triage and holding center to respond to future marine mammal and seat turtle emergencies.
•Louisiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster will receive $410,000 to organize a conference for disaster relief nonprofits in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi.
•Single Stop USA will receive $594,000 to operate a program at Delgado Community College in New Orleans to help spill-impacted workers transfer to new careers.
The foundation’s Future of the Gulf Fund will make grants during the next three years to nonprofit groups geared toward helping people, wildlife and environment along the Gulf Coast.