Community Foundation of Acadiana Awards Nearly $3 Million to Communities Affected by Oil Spill

The Community Foundation of Acadiana in Lafayette, Louisiana, in partnership with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, has announced grants totaling nearly $3 million to help communities affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, reports.

The foundation and five regional partners were selected by RPA to re-grant funds it had received from an anonymous donor. CFA, in turn, established the Fund for Gulf Communities, which over the next five years will award a total of $20 million to its regional partners to support Gulf Coast nonprofits working in the areas of mental health and wellness, social services and financial stability, and youth resiliency.

Grantees in the initial funding round include the ASSIST Agency, Liberty Heights Community Center, the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana, the United Way of Acadiana, Little Zion Community Outreach, and Vietnamese Acadiana Youth.

"It is indeed a testament to the capacity of Community Foundation of Acadiana and its role as a trusted and honest broker to be invited by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors to assist with this magnanimous project," said CFA president and CEO Raymond Hebert. "A generous donor we will never know wants to benefit a population he or she will never meet. We are absolutely honored to help this donor meet this specific objective."