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Deadline Set for Neighborhood and Literacy Grant Applications in Baton Rouge

Posted By Matthew Mullenix, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies to fund ‘impact volunteering' initiatives in Baton Rouge 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 

Cities 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 Revitalization

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.

Applications for the Love Your Block grants will be accepted now through October 11, 2013, and can be downloaded with instructions at To qualify, each group must:

· Be 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 organization representative.

· 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 longer available.

· All projects must be completed no later than December 31, 2013.

ABOUT: Third Grade Reads Literacy Program

Third 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.

This 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.

This 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


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