Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQ’s

Review CEDR's eligibility requirements by taking an Eligibility Quiz here. Keep in mind that CEDR is housed within Tulane University which has its own eligibility requirements which you can learn more about here.


Because CEDR is housed within Tulane University for awardees to receive money in their hands they will be required to sign a standardized agreement with Tulane University. This agreement and requirements therein then functionally act as eligibility requirements because without a signed agreement Tulane University will not be able to authorize the distribution of funds. Due to the specificity of language in that agreement we won’t try to distill here but please be sure to review Tulane’s standardized independent contractor agreement AND the scope of work which will serve as the basic template and major portion of the award agreements which will be added to for each awardee based on Tulane’s assessment of risk of what is proposed. While it may be possible for some minor alterations to be made to this agreement template on a case-by-case basis (i.e. changes such as deletions or alterations to standardized language and requirements normally required of all independent contractors), this is a somewhat lengthy and complicated process and is based on Tulane’s Risk Management Office’s assessment of risk of the project being proposed and the suggested alterations to the standard agreement template. This standard agreement will serve as the major portion of what each awardee will agree to. If you are interested in applying but feel that something in Tulane’s standard agreement would prevent you from being eligible, please contact us so we can discuss if there is a possibility to amend this standard agreement through Tulane’s Risk Management Office. Note due to the complexities of doing this, this will only be done in unique instances and any alterations will likely be minor. 

Click here to see the application process. Click here to apply. 

See pre-application questions here and application questions here.

  • Application
  • Budget– template here
  • Budget justification– template here

Yes, IF your organization will receive the 501(c)3 designation prior to the close of the application on 2/19/2023 11:59 pm CST.

It doesn’t matter to us what your designation by the State or Federal Government is, if you’re a tribal organization you can apply!

We'll let you know via email that you’ve been invited to complete the full application.  

This is to help us get to know your organization, gauge interest, and narrow down who we want to invite to complete a full application. This is to help limit extra work for the applicants.

  • We will notify you and request follow up documentation including 1) Scope of work 2) Signed agreement which will be drawn up by Tulane’s Sponsored Projects Administration and 3) an organizational W-9
  • Once we’ve received the necessary documentation, we will send you an invoice template and your project can start.

Each award will be $20,000 with $5,000 of that allotted to travel for required conferences and workshops. There will be up to 8 awards total. 

Contracts will run through September of 2023.

Once the application window has been closed each application in conjunction with the pre-application will be reviewed independently by CEDR team members who will score each application on this rubric. Then CEDR team members will convene to discuss and make final selections.

CEDR will inform all applicants by email whether they have been selected or not as 1 of the 8 awardees.

  • One project update meeting will occur halfway through the project (10-minute presentation and 1-page update report) and then a final report will be required at the end of the award cycle in the final quarter of 2023 (15-30-minute presentation and 2-page summary of outcomes).
  • Invoices

Currently, this funding opportunity will only be offered once.

Each awardee will send their representative to a national conference. This is a great chance for networking, professional development, and gives you a chance to highlight your work. Which specific conference is yet to be determined but will be based on interest of the cohort. 

Attending a national conference and presenting your work is a requirement of the grant. 

Yes, however because CEDR is essentially re-granting monies, to avoid huge amounts of “red tape” that are associated with such “subawards”, CEDR has opted to distribute the funds to awardees via an alternate route which treats the awardees as independent contractors. For awardees this means significantly less “red tape” and requirements and still allows them to complete a project of their choosing in their community. This does however mean that awardees will have to be reimbursed for services. 

Tulane University will draw up an agreement, once signed you may begin your project and begin submitting invoices.

No, to avoid excessive amounts of “red tape” associated with re-grants awardees will be considered independent contractors which means you will have to invoice us for your work and be reimbursed. We realize that for some upfronting the cost will be a burden so we’ve arranged for up to 10% of the grant to be upfronted to awardees once paperwork has been completed. How this start-up money is spent will have to be accounted for on the following invoice(s).


No portion of the grant or any income derived from the grant can be used for the following:

  1. Propaganda campaigns trying to influence legislation: To carry on propaganda or otherwise attempt to influence legislation within the meaning of Section 4945(d)(1) of the Code;
  2. Voter registration drives or other attempts to influence the outcome of a public election: To influence the outcome of any specific public election or to carry on, directly or indirectly, any voter registration drive within the meaning of Section 4945(d)(2) of the Code3. To provide a grant to an individual for travel, study, or similar purpose within the meaning of Section 4945(g) of the Code, without prior written approval of Grantor.
  3. Individual grants: Payments of salaries, other compensation, or expense reimbursement to employees of the Grantee within the scope of their employment do not constitute "grants" for these purposes and are not subject to these restrictions; Except as expressly may be authorized in Exhibit A to this Agreement, to provide a grant to any other organization without prior written approval of the Grantor.
  4. Hurting others: To promote or engage in criminal acts of violence, terrorism, hate crimes, the destruction of any state, or discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, religion, military and veteran status, disability, sex, age, gender identity or sexual orientation, or support of any entity that engages in these activities.

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Resilience is the ability of an individual or community to absorb shocks (i.e. major disruptions to everyday life such as natural disasters) while maintaining functioning and adapting in productive ways. Individuals, families/households, communities, and cultures can demonstrate resilience and there are different types of resilience such as social, economic, environmental, emotional, and psychological, etc. 

Something that is community-based arises from the community and the needs and priorities they themselves have identified. This is more than treating the community as a stakeholder. This is working collaboratively with the community and amplifying their voices (i.e. letting them drive the “bus” and simply filling it with gas and removing roadblocks).

This means you yourself are not a 501(c)(3) but you have a partner agency that you work with that acts as a “flow through” agency for the funds.

Simply put this means that the demographics of leadership reflect those of the community they serve.  

The Walmart Foundation is funding CEDR and three other organizations who are helping local leaders and community-led organizations in the Gulf Coast prepare their communities for disasters. Learn more about the other projects here.

These are all good places to start.


After the application deadline has passed no edits to applications will be allowed to ensure fairness to other applicants. If, however, you submit early and wish to resubmit before the deadline please contact us here.

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