RosaMary Foundation Grants

OVERVIEW: This funder supports causes of education, human services, arts, community development and governmental oversight in Greater New Orleans. This foundation and the Ella West Freeman Foundation were founded by A.B. Freeman.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, human services, arts, community development, governmental oversight

IP TAKE: This funder contributes to many of the same causes as the Ella West Freeman Foundation, so look at both of these related foundations as potential funding sources if you’re in the New Orleans area. The difference is that the RosaMary Foundation typically gives out more grants in higher amounts each year.

PROFILE: The RosaMary Foundation was established in 1939 as a charitable trust by Alfred B. (A.B.) Freeman. It was one of the early foundations in the U.S. This is a separate grantmaking entity from the Ella West Freeman Foundation, which we have also profiled in our Southeast section. This particular foundation honors the couple’s daughters, Rosa and Mary.

Foundation grantmaking is centered on the city of New Orleans and surrounding communities. Priority areas of giving are education, human services, arts, community development and governmental oversight. The foundation provides both capital project support and program support, with capital grants requiring a history of operating stability and adequate financial capacity. It funds general operating support on a rare, but occasional basis, and it prefers to fund short-term and multi-year requests for this type of support.

You can view a list of grants awarded in the past on the foundation’s grants list. Most past grants have been between $5,000 and $125,000. In a recent year, the RosaMary Foundation awarded 88 grants totaling $2,694,000. This funder only makes grants to 501(c)3 organizations that aren’t for individuals, religious purposes or fundraisers. Almost all grants go to groups who operate in the Greater New Orleans area.

The foundation is controlled today by descendants of A.B. Freeman and Ella West Freeman. The board meets twice per year to review grants; deadlines to submit grant proposals are January 15 and July 15. However, proposals are accepted and reviewed throughout the year. The foundation often invites selected grantees to interviews. The application process is conducted online.

If you’re interested in applying for capital support, read through the foundation’s document about capital grants. This includes request for building purchases, construction, renovations, land purchases, equipment purchases, and endowments. There’s a separate instructional document that you’ll need to reference before applying for program or operating support. The checklist for required materials is also helpful regardless of what type of support you’re applying for.

Like a few other private family funders in New Orleans, the RosaMary Foundation is administered by Crescent Capital Consulting, a New Orleans-based firm. Toni Myers is the foundation administrator, and there are nine board members. The chairman of the board is Richard W. Freeman, Jr., who is the former president of the Louisiana Coca-Cola Bottling Company.

General questions can be directed to Myers at (504) 207-8541 or Admin@RosaMary.org.

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