The Greater New Orleans Foundation recently awarded $1,020,000 in grants to 52 nonprofit organizations in the categories of arts and culture, education, health, social services and youth development.

Now in its seventh year, the IMPACT grant program is the foundation’s largest discretionary and most competitive grant-making program. It awards grants to organizations that serve mostly low-income communities.

More than 130 applications were received. The review process included a site visit by foundation staff, a careful study of the organization’s financial information, and a review by the foundation’s grants committee. In addition to financial support, IMPACT grantees are also supported throughout the year with networking opportunities, communications assistance, and workshops on nonprofit best practices.

Arts and culture organizations receiving grants are: Contemporary Arts Center, $15,000; Louisiana Partnership for the Arts, $10,000; Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans, $15,000; New Orleans Airlift, $5,000; New Orleans Film Society, $10,000; and NOVAC, $5,000.

Education organizations receiving grants are: Brothers Empowered to Teach (BE2T), $15,000; Center for Development and Learning (CDL), $10,000; KIDsmart, $10,000; Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights, $20,000; and The Posse Foundation, $10,000.

Health organizations receiving grants are: 504HealthNet, $10,000; Albert Schweitzer Fellowship New Orleans, $35,000; Backyard Gardeners Network, $10,000; Broad Community Connections, $30,000; CBNO/MAC Foundation, $30,000; Daughters of Charity Foundation of New Orleans, $35,000; Dillard University Office of Community Relations, $20,000; Friends of Lafitte Greenway, $30,000; Interfaith Sponsoring Committee, $25,000; Jefferson Community Health Care Centers, Inc., $25,000; Loyola University New Orleans, $18,000; NAMI New Orleans, $20,000; Market Umbrella, $38,000; Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, $30,000; MQVN Community Development Corporation, $20,000; New Orleans Ballet Association, $35,000; New Orleans Health Department, $15,000; New Orleans Recreation Development Foundation, $30,000; Sankofa CDC, $10,000; Sight Savers America $40,000; The Childhood and Family Learning Foundation, $35,000; The Cookbook Project, $20,000; The First Tee of Greater New Orleans, $26,000; Tulane University Prevention Research Center, $25,000; YMCA of Greater New Orleans, $30,000; Young Audiences of Louisiana, $30,000; and Youth Run NOLA, $17,500.

Social services organizations receiving grants are Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans, $15,000; Dulac Community Center, $25,000; Goodwill Industries, $15,000; New Orleans Family Justice Alliance, $15,000; New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation, $8,500; Plaquemines Community CARE Centers Foundation Inc., $10,000; Providence Community Housing, $10,000; Reconcile New Orleans Inc., $10,000; and UNITY of Greater New Orleans, $10,000.

Youth development organizations receiving grants are BreakOUT!, $15,000; Liberty’s Kitchen, $22,000; New Orleans Children and Youth Planning Board, $20,000; Up2Us Sports, $5,000; and Youth Empowerment Project, $25,000.