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Entergy in Louisiana Powers Life in Louisiana Communities


Lee Sabatini|504-576-4132|

More than $1.3 million in grants awarded to local nonprofits; deadline for next round is Aug. 1

Entergy is committed partnering with organizations, like Start the Adventure in Reading based in New Orleans, to help ensure that all our customers – even the youngest – have access to a quality education.

Nonprofit community partners, such as Start the Adventure in Reading, were recipients of more than $1.3 million awarded by shareholders through the Entergy Charitable Foundation’s first round of grants in 2019.

“Entergy strives to contribute to a society that is healthy, educated, environmentally safe and productive. These grants power life by supporting vital programs and services in our communities that otherwise might not be available,” said Patty Riddlebarger, vice president of corporate social responsibility. “Thanks to our outstanding network of nonprofit community partners, we are able to continue making a positive impact in our local communities.”

The foundation’s focus areas of funding are education and workforce development, poverty solutions and environmental programs. Around Louisiana, Entergy’s first-round grant recipients include:

  • SBP in New Orleans will use a $275,000 grant to help fund the development of the Peter Residential Building, a 50-unit mixed income multi-family new construction development for veterans, disabled households and low-income residents.
  • The American Red Cross received a $250,000 grant as part of a two-year, $500,000 disaster responder partnership that benefits Entergy customers in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas.
  • Teach for America in Baton Rouge has been granted $167,000 to help increase the number of members working with partner schools to continue to develop and mentor students across South Louisiana.
  • City Year, Inc. in Baton Rouge received $83,300 to help build upon the organization’s tutoring, mentoring and schoolwide enrichments for high-need schools.
  • Jobs for America’s Graduates received an $83,300 grant to help prevent dropouts among young people throughout Louisiana who have serious barriers to graduation and/or employment. 
  • Start the Adventure in Reading in New Orleans has been granted $29,900 to support two tutoring sites serving lower-income students that are at risk of academic failure. Specifically, the funds will be used to supply books, workbooks, flashcards and basic school supplies.
  • The St. Charles Parish Library will use their $25,000 grant to host an annual summer reading program that encourages residents of all ages to improve their reading skills.
  • West Feliciana High School in St. Francisville has been granted $10,000 to replace shelving and update their library to encourage more students to use their services.
  • Educare New Orleans received $5,500 to provide funding to support programs that are designed to help children of low-income families get kindergarten-ready. The organization is part of a broad community-redevelopment effort that aims to revitalize an area of the city devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
  • The Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights will use its $2,500 grant to support its Children’s Defense Team. The nonprofit law office defends young people in Louisiana’s justice system through both direct representation and policy advocacy.
  • The Friends of the New Orleans Public Library will use their $2,000 grant to fund its 2019 Summer Reading Program. The program will take place at all 15 New Orleans Public Library branches and is designed to encourage residents to read over the summer.
  • Generation Success will use their $2,000 grant to continue its outreach work in New Orleans and host a camp to help young students prepare for the workforce.

Entergy shareholders continue to provide funding and support for initiatives that help build stronger, healthier and more vibrant communities through the Entergy Charitable Foundation. This year’s first grant cycle awarded more than $2 million to 73 nonprofit organizations in Arkansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New York and Texas.

In 2018, Entergy Corporation and the Entergy Charitable Foundation awarded grants totaling more than $18.4 million to more than 2,000 nonprofits, and employees logged more than 112,000 volunteer hours. Learn more about the company’s community investments.

Entergy Charitable Foundation grants are awarded twice a year. The first grant cycle opened Jan. 1 and closed Feb. 1, and the second grant cycle opened July 1 with an Aug. 1 deadline. Visit our website for more on the grant application guidelines.

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Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including nearly 9,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of approximately $11 billion and more than 13,000 employees.