Northshore Community Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Northshore Community Foundation supports human services, economic development, children and youth, healthy food, and environmental efforts along the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana.

FUNDING AREAS: Human services, economic development, children and youth, healthy food, environment

IP TAKE: There are some good opportunities with this funder for nonprofits that serve local children and youth in Louisiana.

PROFILE: Established in 2007 the Northshore Community Foundation (NCF) is a community foundation based in Covington, Louisiana. This funder aims to “unite human and financial resources to enhance the quality of life in the Northshore region.” Its strategic plan involves expanding opportunities for philanthropy in the region, increasing the foundation’s work, and ensuring the foundation has future resources to support the community. NCF funds local human services, economic development, children and youth, healthy food, and environmental efforts.

The Northshore Community Foundation has several competitive grant opportunities for which it accepts applications. Grant’s Gift Foundation grants support children with special needs by providing adaptive bicycles and other assistive technologies for disabled youth. The Fund for Bogalusa supports human services and economic development needs in the Bogalusa area. World of Wonder Fund grants support school gardens that allow students to plant vegetables in schoolyards and also environmental projects at St. Tammany Parish Public Schools. Nonprofits can join NCF’s online database to increase their visibility among donors. NCF hosts numerous events, classes, and trainings for the nonprofit community throughout the year.

Grants range between about $500 and $50,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving in the initiatives sections of the funder’s website. Grantmaking focuses on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, which includes St. Helena, Tangipahoa, Washington, and St. Tammany parishes. Past local grantees include the Regina Coeli Child Development Center, Our Daily Bread Food Bank of Tangipahoa, and the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. Download the application forms from the foundation website. Each NCF grant opportunity has its own unique deadlines and guidelines. Direct general questions to the staff at 985-893-8757 or via online form.

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