Maison Hospitaliere was founded in 1879 when Coralie Correjolles organized thirty women into “La Socíeté Hospitaliere des Dames Louisianaises” to provide food and medicine to the needy of New Orleans, many of whom had lost everything during the Civil War. The group became especially concerned about the plight of elderly women, who, due to the loss of their husbands in the war, were destitute and living in squalid conditions. Through its collection of ten-cent monthly dues over fourteen years, the Socíeté raised the money for its first building, which provided a residence for twenty women. For more than a hundred years, Maison Hospitaliere evolved into a skilled nursing facility for men and women until Hurricane Katrina scattered residents and staff across the country. In November 2006, the board closed the facility, and when the Maison Hospitaliere sold its French Quarter complex for more than $4 million, the proceeds were incorporated into a supporting organization of the Greater New Orleans Foundation to continue making grants to organizations serving women and their families.
To that end, the foundation is inviting applications for organizations that provide living assistance and care to indigent women in the Greater New Orleans region. Grants of up to $20,000 in general operating or program support will be awarded to organizations providing direct services to women.
To be eligible, applicants must be tax-exempt as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The application will open on August 16, with applications due September 10, 2021.
For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Greater New Orleans Foundation website.Link to complete RFP