‘Next 300 Challenge’ To Award New Orleanians For Solutions To Systemic, Generational Challenges



NEW ORLEANS – Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the 2018 NOLA Commission called on community organizations, nonprofits and individuals to participate in the Next 300 Challenge.

         Designed by the mayor’s office and the 2018 NOLA Commission, the Challenge is 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.

         “The 300th anniversary marks where we have been and presents an opportunity to set the course for where we are going,” said Mayor Landrieu. “As we look ahead to the next 300 years, all New Orleanians have a unique opportunity to present solutions based on effort, innovation, and partnership to solve some of our greatest challenges, with faith and hope in a better tomorrow.”

         The commission and the mayor’s office hopes this challenge galvanizes broader New Orleans communities to create and innovate.

         Projects should focus on policy and programmatic outcomes that have a positive impact on the city’s future and should address the central mission of the challenge: What is your big idea to keep the future of New Orleans strong and vibrant for the next 300 years?

         Submissions should focus on equity, resilience and/or public safety ideas that would improve the future New Orleans for generations to come and showcase the culture and unique characteristics of the city, reps said.

         Awards will be made in varying amounts based on the ideas presented. Each project must select a funding range at the time of application:

 

Level 1: Up to-$20,000

Level 2: $20,001-$50,000

Level 3: $50,001-$75,000

 

         Applicants must be in good financial standing to receive funding from the Challenge Award, reps said.

         View a list of financial requirements here

         A letter of intent is due on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

         To submit, send an email to Allison Gavrell at aegavrell@nola.gov with “Next 300 Challenge LOI” as the subject line. The letter should be no more than two pages in length, include a brief summary of the proposed project and how it fits the core challenges of this award, include a brief profile of the applying entity, and include a list of confirmed or potential partners.

         Winners will be announced in March 2018.

         For a full application timeline and more details

 

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