We are thrilled to announce that Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans (EPNO) has released its 2018 grantmaking focus areas and Requests for Proposals. Letters of Intent can be submitted June 6-June 22, 2018. 


The five 2018 class grantmaking teams and the Alumni Committee will award up to $10,000 in each of the following areas:

Arts and Culture

EPNO’s Arts & Culture team seeks to fund projects or programs that support culture bearers who create new or preserve traditional art and cultural experiences in the city of New Orleans by providing one or more of the following:

  • Business/ Technical Assistance
  • Educational Services
  • Financial Literacy
  • Marketing and Growth Management

Applicants are encouraged to specify how their initiatives will create a long-term and sustainable impact.


Education and Youth Development

In an effort to improve the mental, social, and emotional well-being of New Orleans’ greatest resource: its youth, Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans seeks to provide funding to organizations and programs that serve the New Orleans community by providing access to mental and emotional health services for high-risk youth in the New Orleans metro area.

Preferences will be given to organizations that provide transportation, design creative student-centered programs and services, and effectively track data and outcomes.



EPNO’s Environment team seeks to grant up to $10,000 to 501(c)(3) organizations that support underserved populations within Orleans, Jefferson and/or St. Bernard Parish.  The applicant’s work should show ongoing, deep involvement in at least one of the following areas:

  • Food Security/Access
  • Waste Reduction/Management
  • Stormwater Management
  • Environmental Justice

We have a particular interest in funding proposals that:

  • Build organizational capacity (e.g. strategic planning, evaluations, internal learning, etc.)


  • Focus on youth development and/or community engagement (e.g. neighborhood beautification, educational workshops, etc.)


Juvenile Justice

EPNO’s Juvenile Justice team seeks to invest in organizations that aim to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline by empowering youth through efforts that:

  • Foster pro-social development for youth, such as mentorship opportunities, and provide skills and strategies to youth to create a positive self-image, such as conflict resolution techniques, self-awareness skills, or peer-to-peer mediation training
  • Provide support in schools/communities for the thoughtful enforcement of rules and de-escalation of conflict before students reach the criminal justice system
  • Implement alternative approaches to discipline, including restorative disciplinary practices, de-escalation techniques, and positive behavior interventions

Funding preference will be given to organizations that “see the unseen” by supporting marginalized youth including but not limited to those who are: girls, LGBTQ, homeless, and drug-dependent.


Poverty Alleviation

The purpose of EPNO’s Poverty Alleviation team grant is to support organizations addressing the systemic causes of poverty in the Greater New Orleans area.

Preference will be given to initiatives focused on:

  • Ensuring racial and gender equity;
  • Reducing barriers to economic opportunity; or
  • Increasing economic inclusivity.


Business Development by the Alumni Committee

The EPNO Alumni Committee seeks to award $10,000 to support organizations who strive to create an equitable and sustainable business climate in New Orleans through policy change and/or programming.

Special consideration will be given to organizations that work with:

  • Underserved industries including STEM, computer engineering and coding, environmental
  • Women- and/or minority-focused initiatives
  • Interested organizations must be designated 501(c)3 by the IRS and be based in or serve constituents in Orleans Parish.



Please submit a Letter of Intent online by June 22, 2018, at 5:00 pm.

You may only apply to one of the six focus areas. 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.