The Taylor Center is accepting submission for its Community Changemaker Fund, a fund created from our desire to support community changemakers who have responded to ongoing challenges in their neighborhoods and communities. Through this award, the Taylor Center hopes to center and support black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) New Orleans residents who are deeply rooted in and committed to their community. This award is for all the BIPOC community supporters, doers, organizers, people making a difference in their communities. Individuals and organizations can apply for research or project-based funding that supports the wellbeing of their community.
Awards are for up to $5000 in funding for organizations and groups. Individuals can apply for up to $600. The deadline to apply is January 31 at 11:59 PM. We will prioritize submissions in which people directly impacted by the community issues are leading, steering, and informing the work. Award recipients are asked to participate in an engagement with a Tulane audience as a guest lecturer (ex. Class, workshop, panel, etc.) or commit to another engagement of their choosing.
Applications are accepted in various forms including video, interview, paper and electronic applications. Please address the below questions in your application for funding consideration. If you need assistance on your submission or have any questions, reach out to the Taylor Center at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due on January 31 at 11:59 PM.
- All New Orleans residents, groups, or organizations, 18+ with a current or future project, movement, or initiative related to addressing needs in their community.
- Priority will be given to local, grassroots initiatives or programs.
- Your activity must center its work in New Orleans.
- Applicant must be a full-time resident of New Orleans. Organizations and groups must be based in the Greater New Orleans area.
- Program or activity should be led by the people most directly affected by the community issue.
- Must demonstrate long term commitment to community involvement. We’re interested in funding those who have a track record or have done the work* to understand the needs of their community.
- *Work can take many forms. This might mean you’re a block captain, a neighborhood elder who keeps an eye on the street, the neighbor who ensures the kids on the block have food, the organizer for a mutual aid network, the community gardener, etc.
Take this quiz to find out if you are eligible for the Community Changemaker Fund. Please not that Taylor WILL NOT grant awards to…
- CIC Participants
- Biomedical research, drug therapies, or devices
- Public, private, or parochial educational institutions
- Any org or project that is inconsistent with the mission, vision, and values of the Taylor Center
- Lobbying organizations, groups, or campaigns
- For profit companies, organizations, or entities
- Activities supporting political candidates or voter registration dives as defined in the IRC section 4945(d)(2)
Applications are accepted in various forms including video, interview, paper and electronic applications. Select ONE method for submission. ONE limit submission per person, organization, and/or project. If you need accommodations for this application (a paper application, language accessibility, etc.), please email Samantha Fleurinor at email@example.com with your request.
- ONE limit submission per person, organization, and/or project.
- To submit an online application, click this link.
- To submit a paper application, you can print the application from here and mail it to 7001 Freret St. New Orleans, LA, 70125, drop it off at one of our locations (Taylor Center Uptown – fourth floor of Howard Tilton Memorial 7001 Freret St.; Taylor Warehouse, 612 Andrew Higgins Blvd). If you do not have access to a printer, you can also request a paper application by contacting Samantha Fleurinor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 504-314-7070.
- We invite applicants to submit an application or proposal you have already submitted to another funder if it adequately addresses the questions below. You can email the application to CCF_Sub.email@example.com with the Subject line Community Changemaker Fund. If we need more information, we may follow up. Please ensure the submission includes your best contact information.
- To schedule a phone interview submission, contact Samantha Fleurinor by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 504-324-7070. Leave your name and best contact information.
- Send your video submission to CCF_Sub.email@example.com
- If you need accommodations for this application (language, accessibility), please email Samantha Fleurinor at firstname.lastname@example.org with your request.
The full application requires the components described below.
- Your First and Last name.
- Email (if you have one)
- Phone number
- Racial/Ethnic identity
- Black/African American/African
- Middle Eastern
- Native American/Indigenous/Alaska Native
- Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
- Non-Hispanic White/Euro-American
- Other identities
- (Optional) Organization Name
- (Optional) Program Website
- (LOGIC- Organizational name answered) Are you incorporated as a 501©3? (yes, no)
- (Optional): Do you have a fiscal sponsor?
Questions (500 words or less)
- Do you live in New Orleans full time?
- Are you a Native of New Orleans? If so which neighborhood?
- Describe your community. This can be a location, a group of people, or a network.
- Describe your involvement in that community. What are the issues that concern you? What issues are you tackling? Who are you serving?
- Describe your project, activity, or initiative. Who founded your project and why? Why did you choose this specific way to tackle your community problem?
- Are you aware of other organizations/movements/initiatives/groups, locally, that are addressing the same issues you are? If so, which ones and where? How does your organization or project complement or compare to these organizations?
Project Budget and Timeline
- How will this funding support your community goals?
- Optional: Anticipated Project Start Date – Project End Date
Outreach/Marketing Questions: The following questions are for informational purposes only and will not affect the eligibility of your application.
- Have you connected with/heard of Taylor before? How?
- How did you hear about this opportunity?