The Next 300 Challenge Award Guidelines
The 300th anniversary marks where we have been and presents an opportunity to set the course for where we are going. As we look ahead to the next 300 years, all New Orleanians have a unique opportunity to forge solutions based on effort, innovation, and partnership to solve some of our greatest challenges, with faith and hope in a better tomorrow.
Designed by the Mayor’s Office and the 2018 NOLA Commission, the Tricentennial Challenge is an ideas competition that seeks to generate and seed innovative & collaborative solutions to some of the most systemic & generational challenges facing New Orleans. We hope this award galvanizes broader New Orleans communities to create and innovate and ensures participation in the Tricentennial from community organizations, non-profits, and more. These projects should focus on policy and programmatic outcomes that have a positive impact on our city’s future.
All projects should address the central mission of the Challenge Award:
- What is your big idea to keep the future of New Orleans strong and vibrant for the next 300 years?
Successful ideas will address one or more of the three core challenges below in a way that (1) focuses on results for future generations of New Orleanians and (2) showcases the culture and unique characteristics of our city.
- Equity: How can we ensure that all New Orleanians have the opportunity and ability to participate in our city’s growth?
- Resilience: How can we ensure that all New Orleanians are able to respond and react to environmental threats and stressors?
- Public Safety: How can we ensure safety & freedom for all New Orleanians?
Proposed projects should fit all three of the following project criteria:
- Innovation: Is your idea new, bold, and creative?
- Collaboration: Are individuals and organizations from various sectors and background involved? Applicants are encouraged to partner with a wide and creative variety of organizations, individuals, and groups, such as students and neighbors, associations, informal interest groups, community advocacy organizations, and non-profits.
- Implementation: Does your idea have a clear timeline, appropriate benchmarks, and a team equipped to execute?
Awards will be made in varying amounts based on ideas brought forward. Each project must choose a funding range for their project at the time of initial application:
- Level 1: Up to $20,000
- Level 2: $20,001-$50,000
- Level 3: $50,001-$75,000
Applicants must be in good financial standing to receive funding from the Challenge Award.
- For non-profit or community-based entities, this means that the organization is registered with the Louisiana Secretary of State as a non-profit and is in good standing.
- For those non-profit organizations currently recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a public charity described in sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1), (2), or (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as amended (the “Code”):
- Your tax-exempt status under sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a) of the Code has not changed since the issuance of the IRS determination letter which you provide to the City.
- There is no issue presently pending before any office of the Internal Revenue Service that could result in any proposed changes to your tax-exempt status under Sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a) of the Code.
- For individuals or unincorporated groups, you must partner with a non-profit as a fiscal agent that meets the above eligibility criteria.
- November 15, 2017 Letter of Intent Due
- December 20, 2017 Initial Applications Due
- January 5, 2018 Finalists Selected
- January 26, 2018 Finalist Award Workshop
- March 1, 2018 Full Applications Due
- March 20-24, 2018 Winners Announced
Compose a letter of intent and send it via email to: Alison Gavrell, firstname.lastname@example.org, with “Next 300 Challenge LOI” as the subject line.
Letters of Intent should:
- Be no more than 2 pages in length
- Include a brief summary of proposed project and how it fits the core challenges outlined above
- Include a brief profile of applying entity
- Include a list of confirmed or potential partners
Upon receipt of a letter of intent, you will receive a confirmation email.