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Louisiana Public Health Institute Receives $85,000 from W.K. Kellogg Foundation 

The Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) has been awarded an $85,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to support Orleans Parish community-based nonprofit organizations on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic. Using the grant dollars, LPHI will create and oversee the COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund to distribute mini grants up to a maximum of $10,000 to eligible organizations.

“The Kellogg Foundation wants for every child in New Orleans to thrive,” said Rhea Williams Bishop, director of programming for New Orleans and Mississippi at the Kellogg Foundation. “We know that COVID-19 has deepened the disparities facing our children and families, especially those of color, and non-profits like the Louisiana Public Health Institute are critical to getting resources to our communities and families during this pandemic.”

The Rapid Response Fund is open to community-based nonprofit organizations that are providing COVID-19 services, including health care services, engaging in direct COVID-19 response, and contributing to continued response and prevention efforts. Mini grants can be used for worker expenditures, financial assistance for patients and/or their families during a time of hospitalization, and/or purchasing COVID-related supplies. The funds can also go towards prevention and recovery needs, including the development or purchase of COVID-related educational materials, mental health treatment for frontline workers, and planning and preparedness for the next emergency.

“We know that individuals and organizations have had to quickly adapt to the new challenges of COVID-19,” said Shelina Davis, CEO of LPHI. “The grant from Kellogg and the creation of the Rapid Response Fund helps our community navigate this new normal and provide resources to help mitigate, prevent, and recover from COVID-19.”

The Rapid Response Fund application can be found on the LPHI website here. Applications will be accepted until July 31, or funds are exhausted, and the mini grants will be awarded on a rolling basis.


About the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI)
LPHI, founded in 1997, is a statewide community focused 501(c)(3) nonprofit and public health institute committed to ensuring all Louisianans have just and fair opportunities to be healthy and well. Our work focuses on areas that touch public health, including tobacco prevention and control, building healthier communities, assessing needs of communities, supporting the whole health needs of individuals and families from early childhood to older adults, and more. We create authentic partnerships with both communities and partners to align action for health. For more information, visit

About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal innovator and entrepreneur Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special attention is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit