Mayor Landrieu Announces 62 Wisner Grant Recipients

NEW ORLEANS —Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced 62 organizations across the city will receive 2014 – 2015 competitive grants from the Edward Wisner Donation.

         “We’re pleased today to announce our Wisner Donation grant recipients, chosen based on established criteria and a thorough assessment of all applicants,” Mayor Landrieu said. “These grants are distributed to deserving organizations that are contributing to our community in meaningful ways.”

         The Wisner Donation was created from the estate of Edward Wisner to the City of New Orleans as a 100-year charitable trust in 1914. The Donation must support local needs in the areas of beautification, education, recreation or human services.

         The City sought proposals that best responded to the requirements of the Wisner Donation and to additional criteria, including alignment with citywide priorities, demonstration of an innovative and performance-driven approach, maximum public access and benefit, diversity and inclusiveness, and ability to leverage other investments.

         Applications were reviewed by a group of senior City officials including: Jeff Hebert, director of the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority and chief resilience officer, Scott Hutcheson, advisor to the Mayor for cultural economy, Alex Lebow, director of strategic partnerships, Charlotte Parent, director of the New Orleans Health Department, Vic Richard, executive director of the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, Brooke Smith, chief of staff, Tyronne Walker, former director of CeaseFire New Orleans and Charles West, director of the Innovation Delivery Team.

         “We will continue to ensure that we use these funds to strengthen the heart of our community and address our city’s greatest needs,” Mayor Landrieu said.


         The 2014 – 2015 Edward Wisner Grant Recipients are:


Abundant Life Enrichment Program Advocacy Center

African American Museum

Arts Council of New Orleans

Ashe Cultural Arts Center Efforts of Grace

Assurance for Tomorrows' Leaders Youth Foundation, Inc.

Bike Easy

Boys Town

Breakthrough New Orleans

Communities In Schools of Greater New Orleans, Inc.

Community Service Center, Inc.

Contemporary Arts Center

D. B. Morton Ministries Arts & Education Summer Camp

Dillard University

Mind, Body and Soul Community Health Program

Each One Save One, Inc.

Feed the Children

First Grace Community Alliance

Girl Scouts Louisiana East, Inc.


Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana, Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra

Green Light New Orleans

Harmony Neighborhood Development

Hike for KaTREEna

Juma Ventures

Liberty’s Kitchen, Inc.

Louisiana Children's Museum

Louisiana Green Corps

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame

Marsalis Center for Music

Neighborhoods Partnership Network

New Orleans Ballet Association

New Orleans City Park

New Orleans Mission

New Orleans Museum of Art

New Orleans Musicians' Assistance Foundation

New Orleans Opera Association

New Orleans South Africa Cultural Connection

New Orleans Women's Shelter, Inc.

Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Operation Clean Sweep: Education & Development, Inc. Providence Community Housing

Puentes New Orleans

Reconcile New Orleans

Sankofa Community Development Corporation Silverback Society, Inc.

St. Augustine High School

St. Jude Community Center

Start the Adventure in Reading


The Apex Youth Center

The Benjamin Foundation

The First Tee of Greater New Orleans

The Harry Tompson Center

The Posse Foundation, Inc.

The Roots of Music

Tulane University For the Children Tutoring Program VIA LINK, Inc.

Victories In Service, Inc.

Youth Empowerment Project

Youth Rebuilding New Orleans


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