The Angel Award honors everyday people doing extraordinary good to meet the physical, emotional, creative or spiritual needs of Louisiana’s kids. Since 1995, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation has recognized more than 200 of these outstanding individuals. Each Angel Award also provides much-needed resources  — a $25,000 grant for each Angel’s nonprofit charity.

Downtown Monroe
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The Downtown Monroe alliance will begin offering $250 mini-grants to help promote the Downtown District. The goal of this grant is to encourage new festivals and events in Downtown Monroe.  

Myra-Gatling Akers, Director of the Downtown Economic Development District, stated, "DoMo currently hosts over 145 events per year. These events bring many visitors from Arkansas, other parts of LA, Texas, and Mississippi to our own city."

To quilify for the grant, the event must be held in the Downtown Monroe District and the organizer is limited to one DMA mini-grant every 6 months.

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The Schepis Museum in Columbia has been awarded $2,500 as part of the Louisiana Main Street Program. The grant is being used to repair ceilings and three sections of the interior walls damaged by a water leak from the roof. Also, The Schepis Foundation has raised matching funds to replace subfloor and carpet in the building as well. 

Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program (EAP) portfolio company Oleolive has been awarded a $350,000 federal grant to study oleocanthal, a compound found in extra virgin olive oil, and its effects on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. 

The grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Institute on Aging (NIA) was awarded to the Shreveport-based company, which licensed a University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) technology for extraction of oleocanthal from the oil. 


The Louisiana Department of Health’s Office of Behavioral Health is the recipient of a $10 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A researcher at Tulane University in Louisiana has secured a $1.6 million grant to try to develop a scanner that could rapidly check after prostate cancer surgery whether all traces of cancer have been removed. The four-year grant from the National Cancer Institute will let J. Quincy Brown work with engineers, mathematicians and medical doctors on developing a rapid microscopy scanner, according to a Tulane news release Tuesday.


The University of Louisiana at Monroe has won a $352,500 grant to study diabetes and obesity.

The grant is funded by the Department of Health and Hospitals and is awarded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases.

Louisiana had the sixth highest rate of obesity and the fourth highest rate of diabetes in the United States in 2017. Researchers at ULM hope to use this funding to improve therapies for treating obesity and diabetes, which will lead to a healthier Louisiana.

WEST MONROE – The City of West Monroe has been awarded a $1 million grant from the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) to upgrade infrastructure at the West Monroe Commercial Park near the Ike Hamilton Exposition Center.

The City of West Monroe will match the DRA grant with funds to install pipes that will improve drainage, eliminate erosion and enhance development at the West Monroe Commercial Park as well as the city-owned property along Interstate 20 known as Pointe West.

ULM Gets Nearly $275K For Mobile Weather Lab

Aug 25, 2018
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The University of Louisiana Monroe received a $275,000 federal grant to buy new weather satellite equipment.

The National Science Foundation awarded the Major Research Instrumentation award to ULM so that the university can by a compact, portable Doppler Wind Lidar system. This equipment uses lasers to study atmospheric characteristics such as wind, turbulence and aerosols. It will allow ULM to better research storms and air quality to improve public safety and human health.

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The Living Well Foundation is seeking applications for the annual grant cycle. Non-profit organizations, governmental entities, and state colleges or universities in the 8-parish service area can apply online for an opportunity to receive grant money.