May 4, 2014 11:52 AM by AP
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - The Community Foundation of North Louisiana has awarded grants totaling $1.9 million to 57 local organizations.
The Times reports the grants focus on improve access to high-quality education, health services, arts, the economy and other quality of life issues.
More than $743,000of the grant money this year will be directed toward education.
Foundation director of community investment Liz Laborde says the education investments include encouraging programs that are potential models for turning around troubled educational systems, and grants for policy research. All, she says, are targeted toward developing a more educated, skilled community.
Among other grant recipients this year are the Fuller Center of Housing of Northwest Louisiana Inc., Shreveport Opera, Bossier Arts Council, Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana and the Northwest Louisiana Interfaith Pharmacy.