Private Funder: Entergy Charitable Foundation; Opportunity: Open Grants and Micro Grants; Funding Focus: Literacy, low-income initiatives, the arts, the environment and K-12 childhood education; Geographic Focus: Regional (AR, LA, MA, MI, MS, NH, NY, TX & VT); Eligibility: Nonprofits, schools, hospitals, government units and religious institutions; Funding: Varies (the foundation made about $3 million in grants last year); Deadline: Varies.
Summary: The foundation supports charitable organizations in diverse communities where Entergy has facilities.
- Open Grants: The funds focus on improving communities as a whole. Applications may be submitted for programs that effectively impact arts & culture, community enrichment, economic development, education/literacy, the environment or healthy families. Schools can benefit. The foundation gave $20,000 to the Oswego City School District for a K-12 writing program and $500,000 to the Saint Bernard Parish School Board, Chalmette, LA for the creation of a high school community learning center.
- Micro Grants: These grants are designed for requests of $1,000 or less, but they feature a shorter application form and a streamlined review process. Micro Grants are intended to address needs of smaller organizations year-round. These grants provide support for arts& culture, community improvement/enrichment, economic development, education/literacy or the environment.
Priority is given to programs with good track records and to those applicants who can show a good match between their project and the foundation’s focus areas. The website is at: http://tinyurl.com/CDP0219ent
Info: For questions about the funding opportunities, contact: Christine Jordan, 504/576-7705 or Jennifer Quezergue, 504/576-2674.