NGO Funding Request

The recipient entity's full legal name:  WIN FOUNDATION OF LOUISIANA

The recipient entity's physical address:
           228 FANNIN STREET
STE 220

The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           228 FANNIN STREET
STE 220

Type of Entity (for instance, a nonprofit corporation):  Non-Profit Corporation

If the entity is a corporation, list the names of the incorporators:
          Calvin B. Lester Jr.
Craig Johnson
Robyn Smith
Matthew Wallace
Latoya Lee

The last four digits of the entity's taxpayer ID number:  3385

What is the dollar amount of the request?  $250,000

What type of request is this?  General Appropriation

Is this entity in good standing with the Secretary of State?  Yes

Provide the name of each member of the recipient entity's governing board and officers:
           Calvin B. Lester Jr., 3907 Eddy Place, Shreveport, La, 71107
Craig Johnson, 2434 Coburn Lane, Shreveport, La., 71107
Robyn Smith, 228 Spring Street, Shreveport, La., 71101
Matthew Wallace, 228 Spring Street, Shreveport,La., 71101
Latoya Lee, 228 Spring Street, Shreveport, La. 71101

Provide a summary of the project or program:
           Our project is dedicated to revitalizing North Shreveport through a multifaceted approach focused on three key pillars: trash cleanup, restoration of non-navigable bayous and ponds, and promoting neighborhood stabilization strategies.
Through community-led cleanup efforts and partnerships with local organizations, we aim to mobilize volunteers to remove litter from streets, parks, and vacant lots. By fostering a culture of environmental stewardship, we aim to instill pride and ownership among residents, leading to sustained cleanliness.
Neglect, pollution and debris have degraded the bayous and water assets of North Shreveport in areas such as Cherokee/Highland Park, diminishing their aesthetic appeal and ecological health. Our project seeks to reverse this trend by implementing restoration measures such as debris removal, erosion control, and reintroduction of native vegetation. This will require professional expertise and equipment.
We will collaborate with residents, community leaders, and stakeholders to develop and implement neighborhood stabilization strategies. These strategies may include rehabilitating vacant properties and supporting local businesses. In our program of revitalization, we will be addressing systemic issues such as blight, disinvestment, and social fragmentation.

What is the budget relative to the project for which funding is requested?:
          Salaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Professional Services. . . $225,000
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $0
          Major Repairs . . . . . . . $0
          Operating Services. . . . $20,000
          Other Charges. . . . . . . $5,000

Does your organization have any outstanding audit issues or findings?  No

If 'Yes' is your organization working with the appropriate governmental agencies to resolve those issues or findings?

What is the entity's public purpose, sought to be achieved through the use of state monies?
          The program of revitalizing bayous through cleaning initiatives serves the public purpose of enhancing environmental health, mitigating flooding, providing recreational opportunities, stimulating economic development, and fostering community engagement and pride. By investing in the restoration of these natural assets, communities can achieve long-term benefits for both present and future generations.

What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
          Goal 1: Environmental Restoration and Preservation
Objective 1: Clear debris and pollutants from bayous to improve water quality and enhance the ecological health of aquatic habitats.
Objective 2: Implement erosion control measures along bayou banks to prevent sedimentation and preserve natural habitats for native flora and fauna.
Objective 3: Reintroduce native vegetation and habitat features to promote biodiversity and create sustainable ecosystems within the bayou corridors.
Goal 2: Community Engagement and Education
Objective 1: Collaborate with schools, youth groups, and community organizations to develop environmental education programs that engage and empower residents of all ages to become stewards of their local waterways.
Goal 3: Economic Development and Revitalization
Objective 1: Enhance the aesthetic appeal and recreational amenities of bayou corridors to attract visitors, promote tourism, and stimulate economic activity in surrounding neighborhoods.
Objective 2: Support small businesses and entrepreneurs by creating opportunities for waterfront development, such as restaurants, cafes, and recreational outfitters, that capitalize on the natural beauty and recreational potential of the bayous.

What is the proposed length of time estimated by the entity to accomplish the purpose?
           One year

If any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official is an officer, director, trustee, or employee of the recipient entity who receives compensation or holds any ownership interest therein:
     (a) If an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of the official and the office held by such person:
     (b) If an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of such person; the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related; and the nature of the relationship:

     (c) The percentage of the official's or immediate family member's ownership interest in the recipient entity, if any:

     (d) The position, if any, held by the official or immediate family member in the recipient entity:

If the recipient entity has a contract with any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official or with the state or any political subdivision of the state:
(a) If the contract is with an elected or appointed state official, provide the name and address of the official and the office held by such person: 

(b) If the contract is with an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official:
          Provide the name and address of such person:

          Provide the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related:

          What is the nature of the relationship? 

(c) If the contract is with the state or a political subdivision of the state, provide the name and address of the state entity or political subdivision of the state:

(d) The nature of the contract, including a description of the goods or services provided or to be provided pursuant to the contract:

Contact Information
name:  Calvin B. Lester Jr. 
                                       address:  3907 Eddy Place
Shreveport, La. 71107

                                       phone:  318-417-7090
                                       relationship to entity:  Board Member