The Louisiana Peace Corps Association (LPCA) is a group of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers living in Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. Part of the Association’s mission is to promote charitable, cultural, educational, scientific, and social exchange and interaction between returned Peace Corps Volunteers and the community at large for the purpose of promoting cooperation, understanding and goodwill. To further this mission the LPCA has developed a Community Grants program.
Last year LPCA awarded 2 small community grants, one to a PCV project and one to a local non-profit.
In addition to all of our LPCA members, whose dues make these grants possible, we’d like to especially thank The Rusty Nail and Cooter Brown’s Tavern and Oyster Bar in New Orleans for making big donations in 2015 and 2016 to our fund through their Cheers for Charity nights!
The Grants Process
- One or two small grants will be awarded on a yearly basis.
- Up to $500 is available on a yearly basis.
- Grants are available to local Louisiana nonprofits that are in line with the mission of the LPCA or available to current or past Peace Corps Volunteer projects in their host country.
Individuals or organizations wishing to be considered for a grants should submit a written proposal including the following information:
- Organization’s name and mission or description
- Qualifications of the organization/project stakeholders
- Objective(s) of the project
- Project budget
- Indicators of success: monitoring and evaluation techniques to be implemented, and quantifiable measurements that will demonstrate the desired outcome of the project
- Affiliation with LPCA and or Peace Corps
- Proposals should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grants are not available for the the following:
- Academic research
- Individual scholarships
- Sponsorships or advertising
- International travel for applicant
The LPCA Board of Directors will review proposals at each quarterly board meeting, and the LPCA will select projects to fund at the fall board meeting. Applicants will be notified one week after the fall board meeting of the status of their application. At the Board’s discretion, time-sensitive grant applications may be reviewed throughout the year at quarterly Board meetings.
Grant recipients are required to send a one-page final report at the completion of the project or once grant funds have been expended. The report should provide detail on accomplishments and challenges of the project. Follow-up photos and other media documenting the project are required.
BienEstoy is a collaboration between Cooperativa Coopasi and PCVs in Misiones, Paraguay. The grant awarded to BeinEstoy went toward a regional health and wellness workshop for community youth. The wellness workshop teaches participants about the eight dimensions of wellness and how to define and achieve (or maintain) their own optimal state of well-being. This event was organized by Tulane University Masters International student Jazmine McKinney.
Green Light New Orleans (GLNO) invests their energy in people by assisting New Orleans residents in person, one household at a time. GLNO’s Backyard Vegetable Garden program was started in 2012 to help households learn how to grow some of their own food. New gardeners attend the basic “Intro to Organic Gardening” class at GLNO’s Edible Teaching Garden, a blighted lot that has been transformed into a demonstration food garden. The grant award went toward GLNO’s Edible Teaching Garden creative plant labels and signs to tell garden visitors the amount they can pick and the health benefits of each particular food. This project was submitted to the LPCA by Megan Bayha, GLNO’s Garden Coordinator, whose passion for gardening arose from her experience living in a small village in the Fiji Islands as a PCV. http://www.greenlightneworleans.org/backyardvegetablegarden