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Today is the last day to submit proposals for the Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans (EPNO)Grants!

Posted By Tasha L. Cooper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Friday, June 24, 2016

2016 Open Grants

We are thrilled to announce that Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans (EPNO) has released its 2016 grantmaking focus areas and Requests for Proposals. Letters of Intent can be submitted online until June 24, 2016 at 5 pm.

The 2016 class has five grantmaking teams that will award up to $10,000 in each of the following areas:

The Arts and Culture team will fund small organizations (with annual budgets under $1mm) that foster the cultural economy of the New Orleans area by cultivating creative endeavors or any form of artistic expression.

The Economic Development team seeks to support a non-profit promoting workforce development for underserved populations in the Greater New Orleans area that focuses on one or more of the following:

  • Programs that combat barriers to employment, e.g., child/dependent care, transportation, and illness.
  • Soft (life) skills and/or technical skills.
  • Foster small business development.
  • Preference will be given to entities that facilitate job and business creation.

EPNO’s Education and Youth Development team seeks to support 501(c)(3) organizations offering afterschool, summer, or enrichment activities operating within Orleans and/or Jefferson Parish that benefit underserved/underrepresented youth aged 0-18 years.
Special preference will be given to programs involving one or more of the following:

  • Female development
  • Mentorship and life skills
  • Cognitive development, physical health and wellbeing
  • Crime prevention, reentry activities, and efforts to reduce recidivism

EPNO’s Housing Team seeks to support non-profit organizations that assist populations facing disadvantages in housing access in Orleans Parish.
In determining grant awards, preference will be given to entities that accomplish one or more of the following:

  • Provide emergency, transitional, or group housing
  • Prevent housing displacement
  • Promote fair housing and decrease discrimination across the city
  • Provide financial literacy in regards to housing and homeownership

EPNO’s Racial Equity team seeks to support organizations that empower individuals and communities to challenge inequitable systems. Organizations must be focused on racial or ethnic inequity in the Greater New Orleans area.

Special Note:
While you may only apply to one 2016 grantmaking focus, this year with the special partnership between EPNO and Ripple Effect, you may also apply to Ripple Effect grantmaking focus, see below. The application process is the same so you will be required to submit two separate Letters of Intent (LOI). See below for further instructions on how to submit your LOI.


We are thrilled to announce that we are partnering with Ripple Effect to provide grants that expand water literacy and awareness across the Greater New Orleans region. We envision a future where all citizens understand the risks and embrace the challenges and opportunities of living in a region defined by its relationship and water.

Applicants must be 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations or schools and may apply for up to $8,500 in funding. Proposals should include clear, distinct objectives and plans. Preference will be given to proposals that aim to achieve one or more of the following goals:

  • Educating people of any age group, from the very young through the elderly, about local water issues and solutions;
  • Using community, experiential, outdoor, place-based, or service learning activities to teach water-focused environmental stewardship;
  • Developing, delivering, or sustaining comprehensive water-focused education programs;
  • Providing pre-service and in-service professional development for teachers, faculty, or non-formal educators to improve their environmental education teaching skills about local water issues.

These goals may be accomplished through community engagement, competitions, curricula, internships, programs, special events, tours, or other teaching tools that reflect water-related issues that impact our region.

How to Apply:
Please submit a Letter of Intent online by June 24, 2016 at 5 pm.
You may only apply to one of the five focus areas in addition to Ripple Effect (if applicable). The Letter of Intent should include a description of the following (Please limit to 250 words for consistency):

  • The organization and its mission;
  • The project for which you are seeking funding; and
  • How the funds will be used.

All applicants will receive an email by July 18 indicating if they are invited to submit a full proposal.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Have 501(c)(3) status. If you are an individual with an innovative idea, you must find a sponsoring 501(c)(3); and
  • Be located within the greater New Orleans area.

Please note: EPNO has a Conflict of Interest policy which may prohibit an organization at which an EPNO member or immediate family member is employed from applying to this year’s grant cycle. EPNO will notify you after your letter of intent is received if there is a conflict.

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