The Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund was established on April 22, 2010 and has raised approximately $1,320,457 (including $50,000 from GNOF’s Environment Fund). To date, 18 grants totaling over $600,000 have been made. Grants include the following:
The Coastal 5+1 Initiative
The “Coastal 5+1” Initiative for the five coastal parishes of St. Bernard, Plaquemines, lower Jefferson, Terrebonne, Lafourche and for the coastal-dependent urban parish of Orleans presents the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF) with a singular opportunity to address in a strategic manner the most pressing challenges facing our region. A grant of $100,000 will empower diverse communities to confront pressing coastal issues, as defined by local residents working in conjunction with regional and national experts. The Coastal 5+1 Initiative seeks to connect emerging leaders with immediate, concrete solutions to long-term problems created by marginalized economies, poor planning, and environmental degradation. This includes working with the United Houma Nations. After centuries of being forced ever southward away from rich farmlands by European settlers, they are now being pushed in the opposite direction by an unrelenting combination of failed environmental policy and a fishing industry threatened by pollution from one of the nation’s worst offshore oil spills.
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