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 GPOA Foundation is a grant-making, independent foundation which supports programs that serve children in Orleans Parish, 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 $10,000 - $20,000.
The GPOA Board has adopted the following priorities for the coming three years, in our effort to level the playing field for the most vulnerable children and youth. In brief, the outcomes we want to see are:
Children who are ready for kindergarten
Children who can read on-level by third grade
At-risk Youth who are equipped for work and independence
Our Grantmaking Will Support
Early Childhood Education
Helping Children 0-8 meet attainable developmental goals through Kindergarten readiness and access to early childhood education
Children who read on grade level by third grade
Summer learning loss prevention programs for K-3rd grade students
Out of School Programs for K-12
Enrichment programs (music, art, dance, STEM)
Behavioral health and social-emotional supports
Children with Special Needs
Special Education and Autism Spectrum programs
At-risk youth who are equipped for work and independence
Youth experiencing homelessness, youth with special needs, and youth who are in foster care, group homes, or juvenile justice facilities
Educational remediation or growth opportunities
Vocational and work-readiness training and apprenticeships
Life-skills training and leadership opportunities
The GPOA Foundation makes grant decisions two times each year (February and August). Applicants must first submit a Concept Paper and may be invited to submit a full proposal. Concept Paper are due May 1 and November 1.
The German Protestant Orphan Asylum's State Street Children’s Home provided the children with a place to live, food, educational opportunities and vocational training. Times changed, however, and in 1979 the children’s home was closed and funds from the sale of the property were invested to create a grantmaking foundation, The GPOA Foundation. Our mission now is to support programs that serve children in Louisiana.