Bloomberg Philanthropies to fund ‘impact volunteering' initiatives in
Proud program. October 11 deadline set for applications.
For more information, contact Kia Bickham, the Mayor's Chief Service Officer at (225) 389-3100 or email email@example.com.
of Service has awarded Baton Rouge a $50,000 grant to implement two initiatives in Mayor Melvin
"Kip” Holden's Baton Rouge Proud program. The grant award will be divided evenly between Holden's Love Your Block
neighborhood revitalization initiative to transform spaces and the Third Grade
Reads initiative to improve literacy skills.
ABOUT: Love Your Block
The Love Your Block initiative engages
local volunteers to revitalize communities by providing grants to organizations
to perform intensive neighborhood beautification projects in the city's
deteriorating and blighted neighborhoods.
for the Love Your Block grants will be accepted now through October 11, 2013,
and can be downloaded with instructions at www.brgov.com/batonrougeproud.
To qualify, each group must:
volunteer-led. Eligible groups include, among others, neighborhood and tenant
associations as well as community garden groups, schools and church-based
groups located in the Parish's deteriorating and blighted neighborhoods.
Demonstrate the ability to mobilize a minimum of
10 neighborhood volunteers to take part in the Love Your Block project.
Partner with at least one additional community
organization to plan, execute and maintain the project. Applicants must
submit a letter from each partner organization outlining their roles and
responsibilities related to the project and must be signed by an authorized
Love Your Block projects must occur in a
blighted or deteriorating neighborhood.
Submit a detailed sustainability plan outlining
how the group or organization will sustain the project when grant funds are no
All projects must be completed no later than
December 31, 2013.
ABOUT: Third Grade
Reads Literacy Program
Grade Reads is a high-impact service strategy in which the mayor's office
leverages the power of volunteers to help children attain reading level
proficiency by the beginning of the fourth grade.
volunteer-based literacy initiative intervention program is designed to provide
struggling readers with more opportunities to read using research-based
tutoring methods – helping to improve student reading levels and ultimately
increasing their chances of long-term educational success.
year, the Third Grade Reads initiative will be a part of the LANO Member Big Buddy Program
at five elementary schools: Lanier Elementary, Dalton Elementary, Highland
Elementary, Villa del Rey Elementary and St. Francis Xavier School.
For more information, contact Kia Bickham, the Mayor's Chief
Service Officer at (225) 389-3100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.