Despite public funding, NOLA for Life Fund grantmaking to continue in private

Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration says that it controls the source of its NOLA for Life Fund money, which it hands off to a private foundation to disburse. The Landrieu administration says the grantmaking doesn’t have to occur in public, but other nonprofits have been told they must let the public observe discussions about spending taxpayer dollars.

Opaque process used to dole out grant money in NOLA for Life homicide-reduction effort

In touting his reforms to the process of awarding city money, Mayor Mitch Landrieu has repeatedly said, “It’s not about who you know. It’s about what you know.” But when it comes to determining how $500,000 was given out through the NOLA for Life Fund, the public knows very little. The city set it up was involved in picking the grantees, but it’s shielded from typical public scrutiny and accountability because a private foundation administers it.