We are thrilled to announce that Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans (EPNO) has released its 2017 grantmaking focus areas and Requests for Proposals. Letters of Intent can be submitted online until June 23, 2017 at 5 pm.

The 2017 class has five grantmaking teams that will award up to $10,000 in each of the following areas:


EPNO’s Education & Youth Development team seeks to support 501(c)(3) organization(s) in the Greater New Orleans area that focus on:

  • Offering opportunities for career development via exposure to skilled trades, job training, financial literacy, or entrepreneurship with the aim of empowering participants to find purpose, achieve personal goals, and be better prepared for their futures; and/or
  • Addressing mental health obstacles (i.e. trauma recovery, self-esteem, stress management) or issues stemming from or related to physical/emotional/sexual abuse or substance abuse.

Special consideration will be given to organizations that approach the problem holistically by engaging both the children and their families or guardians.


EPNO’s Healthcare team seeks to support health education and empowerment programs in Orleans Parish.

In determining grant awards, preference will be given to initiatives that:

  • Focus on health literacy in underserved populations
  • Prioritize illness prevention, and/or
  • Improve equitable access to a healthy lifestyle. 


EPNO’s Housing team seeks to support organizations that focus on promoting permanent, sustainable housing through:

  • Education (including financial literacy)
  • Advocacy
  • De-stigmatization
  • Development
  • Outreach

Preference will be given to organizations which

  • Address target areas
  • Include framework
  • Work specifically in Orleans Parish


EPNO’s Juvenile Justice team respects the dignity and personhood of every child and believes in their ability to succeed and thrive.  We aim to support organizations in the Greater New Orleans area that work within the juvenile justice system at the intersection of race, class, gender, and systemic inequities to eradicate injustice.  Preference will be given to non-profit organizations who focus on:

  • Trauma-informed and culturally relevant care
  • Advocacy and/or organizing
  • Education professional training and community education policy
  • Coordination of services and goals across the GNO area
  • De-commodification of justice
  • Collaboration between organizations working in juvenile justice.

Please explain how the work of your organization impacts juvenile justice.


EPNO’s Workforce Development team targets organizations and programs that increase access to job opportunities at and above living wage and that promote upward mobility.

We are seeking programs and organizations that achieve one or more of the following:

  • Target the chronically underemployed or those who struggle to advance
  • Promote conditions for economic diversification and business creation
  • Build skill and confidence for jobs with high potential for upward mobility
  • Include a hiring pipeline
  • Prove skilled people with knowledge on how to market their skills for advancement.


How to Apply:
Please submit a Letter of Intent online by June 23, 2017 at 5 pm.
You may only apply to one of the five focus.  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.