EPNO will accept Letters of Intent (LOIs) from qualifying nonprofit organizations in the New Orleans area beginning June 1, 2021. Letters of intent are due June 15, 2021
June 1 – Focus Statements Released, LOI opens
June 15 – LOIs due
June 25 – Qualifying organizations will be invited to submit a full proposal
July 16 – Full proposals due
October 2 – Awards announced
Arts & Culture
EPNO’s Arts & Culture team seeks to support organizations that address the restoration, revitalization, and innovation post-COVID to support the arts and cultural communities by focusing on one or more of the following:
- Resource Development and Support
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Career Development
Applicants are encouraged to specify how the grant will impact their organization’s mission and the culture bearers of New Orleans.
The 2021 Environmental and Sustainability Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans group wishes to fund an effective, efficient, and equitable organization with innovative ideas and solutions around environmental justice and sustainability. Priority will be given to organizations that can show a definitive metrics approach to their operations and evidence of youth organizing and community education. Potential grantees are encouraged to share with specificity how this grant money will be used to impact their target communities.
EPNO’s Health Team seeks to invest in organizations aiming to eliminate barriers related to physical and mental health challenges as well as emotional well-being in marginalized communities. Preference will be given to organizations serving women and girls between the ages of 13 and 29, from communities of color. Team Health’s focus will be to support organizations that align with the efforts listed below:
- Increasing awareness and utilization of resources enabling access to health services (including, but not limited to, transportation, technology, documentation, language barriers, food and nutrition, reproductive health services); as well as access to health education, knowledge, and information
- Supporting the implementation of plans/programs addressing mental health disparities and promoting self-empowerment.
Human Rights & Justice
EPNO’s Human Rights and Justice Team seeks to invest in organizations that provide support to court-involved/previously incarcerated individuals in Orleans Parish through advocacy, education, and rehabilitation support.
Funding preferences will be given to organizations focusing on:
- Bail Reform
- Bail Payment Assistance
- Financial Literacy and Budgeting Programs
- Rehabilitation support for individuals and their families
Grant(s) to New Orleans nonprofit organizations to positively impact paths to homeownership and assist current homeowners with the retention of their homes. Funding is intended to support and promote nonprofit organizations seeking to create and increase homeownership for local residents in the community. Priority consideration is given to programs that serve low-to-moderate-income populations/communities and programs that focus on enhancing racial equity and/or work with community leaders in decision-making.
Program areas may include:
- Educating community members on the home buying process and the benefits of homeownership. (e.g., through counseling services);
- Providing existing homeowners with education (seminars, education material, etc.) and connecting them to resources (local hardware stores and other related services and products) that enable and empower them to maintain their homes and strengthen the connection and investment into individual neighborhoods and their communities at large; and
- Other modern and creative approaches targeted towards the general benefit of community members seeking homeownership.