The Foundation for Louisiana has awarded $246,225 in grants to six projects aimed at improving the quality of life in the Claiborne Avenue corridor.

The grants are the culmination of the Foundation’s 2014 TOGETHER initiative, which connects leaders with the training, network and resources necessary to change policies. This year’s initiative yielded twice the number of funded projects and increased the total amount awarded by nearly $150,000.

  • The largest grant, $50,825, will go to the Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana to start a citizen-led committee that will increase police accountability. The committee will be made up of community organizations and the Independent Police Monitor’s Office in New Orleans.
  • A $50,000 grant will go to the New Orleans office of Global Green USA to help fix flooding in the Claiborne corridor. This will involve getting residents to identify flood-prone areas and use rain barrels and planter boxes to address problems with excess water.
  • A $45,400 grant will go to a partnership led by Bike Easy to train residents to become “livable Claiborne community ambassadors” and take on issues of how street design affects bike/pedestrian safety and solve street safety problems.
  • A $35,000 grant will go to the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance to create a blueprint for providing affordable rental and resident-owned housing in New Orleans for low- and moderate-income households.
  • Another $35,000 will go to the Neo Jazz School of Music, and Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans, in support of fair trade code of ethics and advocacy for the passage of legislation that allows Louisiana artists greater protection of their images.
  • A $30,000 grant will go to the Central City Renaissance Alliance to develop educational materials to train local businesses in how to implement worker-owned cooperative business models and to support cooperative-friendly policies among city government and institutions.

The foundation for Louisiana’s TOGETHER initiative is supported through funding and other support from the Convergence Partnership, the city of New Orleans through its Network for Economic Opportunity, Ford Foundation, the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Metropolitan Opportunities Initiative, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Surdna Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation.