The Rig Worker Assistance Fund will be administered through the Gulf Coast Restoration and Protection Foundation, a supporting organization of The Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF).
This voluntary donation fulfills the commitment BP announced on June 16 to provide $100 million in assistance as a gesture of good will for the people of the Gulf Coast region.
“The Foundation is committed to moving as quickly as we can to write grants from this donation by BP,” said John G. Davies, Foundation president and CEO. “This agreement with BP came together over about three weeks, and we are moving rapidly to create the guidelines related to this grant program. We expect to release all the details of the program within two weeks, then to begin taking applications for grants by Sept. 1.”
About the Baton Rouge Area Foundation
The Foundation makes the world better in two ways. It connects fund donors – philanthropists – to worthwhile projects and nonprofits. With them, it has granted more than $232 million over 46 years to give people a chance to prosper. The foundation also takes on projects that change the direction of South Louisiana, such as revitalizing downtown, spearheading the building of the Shaw Center for the Arts, supporting innovations in public schools and reclaiming inner-city neighborhoods. For more, visit BRAF.org.