To increase and strengthen collaboration between local and national efforts to advance innovative policies and mechanisms for comprehensive coastal restoration and community protection efforts in coastal Louisiana.
To develop the New Orleans Citizen Participation Program, including training, materials and capacity-building activities.
To continue to support grassroots organizations in the Gulf Coast through a collaborative, community-led grantmaking process, and to support capacity building and network strengthening and increase community influence in Gulf Coast policy decisions.
To promote a more just and accountable Gulf Coast recovery through public interest journalism, research support for community-based organizations, and training new media investigative journalists.
To support the New Orleans Youth Organizing Collaborative, which consists of four youth civic engagement projects that have blossomed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and are engaging young people in New Orleans' ongoing recovery and rebuilding process.
To enable The Lens to create a sustainable business development strategy and further develop investigative journalism focusing on the environment and impediments to prosperity in the New Orleans region.
To support the Orleans Public Education Network (OPEN), which is working to convene a comprehensive, citywide process for the people of New Orleans to develop a shared vision of excellence and equity for public education.
To ensure New Orleans' neighborhoods effectively prepare for and engage in the city's new Citizen Participation Program, designed as the vehicle for civic engagement and transparent local government decision-making.
To expand democracy for low-income communities of color engaged in the reconstruction of New Orleans and increase civic participation in unemployed and under-employed communities.
To develop the leadership of restaurant workers in New Orleans through research and policy, to promote high-road employer practices, and for a feasibility assessment to launch a cooperative restaurant and workforce training center.
To support a research project that will map demographic breakdown (race, gender and wage level) in several sectors of the food ecosystem and to produce a report including recommendations for further funding.
To support the Excluded Workers Congress/International Conference.
To provide financial assessments, including an in-depth diagnosis of financial health, strengths and weaknesses, and customized technical assistance for nine nonprofit organizations.
To support the Community Food Funders Group.