The GPOA Foundation is a grant-making, independent foundation which supports programs that serve children in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes, Louisiana.  

Each year, the GPOA Foundation grants approximately $500,000 to New Orleans area nonprofit organizations which serve children and youth. Typically, grants range from $4,000 - $40,000, with the average grant award between $10,000-$15,000. 

The Foundation believes that our grantmaking program will help:  
  • Children to be successful learners and benefit from an excellent education. 
  • Youth to be prepared for college or work.
  • Children and youth to expand their life horizons through enriching activities.
  • Parents, teachers and caregivers to know best practices for nurturing children.

Academic Success
Literacy-building and tutoring programs
College preparation programs
Afterschool & summertime academic programs

Expanded Horizons
Enrichment activities (art, music and sports)
Mentoring, life skills and character-building programs

Strong Families
Parent Education programs

Vocational Training
Work-readiness & service learning programs for youth

The GPOA Foundation makes grant decisions four times each year (February, May, August and November). Applicants must first submit a Concept Paper, and may be invited to submit a full proposal.

Please read our Grant Guidelines for eligibility requirements, instructions and due dates. We also encourage you to review our previous Annual Reports to see the types of programs we have funded in the past.

Lisa Kaichen
...helping children and youth dream bigger dreams and gain the skills to reach them...
 Foundation Manager