Health & Human Services

People are our region's strongest and most important asset. Their potential is key to our future prosperity, and helping them reach this potential is central to the Foundation's mission and to the well-being of the Greater New Orleans region. The Foundation is focused on building a health and social services delivery system responsive to the needs of our diverse communities and coordinated across government, nonprofit, and other providers. Our goal is to invest in the people on whom our collective well-being depends and help our neediest neighbors regain control over their lives.



The Foundation’s Health and Social Services grants are made through our IMPACT program, which supports organizations that:

  • Conduct education and outreach efforts to increase access to healthcare services for indigent consumers.
  • Advocate for better health policy and resource allocation decisions: protecting consumers and expanding access to quality preventive, primary and mental health care, irrespective of ability to pay.
  • Implement education and outreach efforts to improve early healthcare utilization by African-American males.
  • Use health education to improve health awareness so that indigent consumers are better informed and can take preventive actions to improve personal, family, and community health.
  • Serve the needs of low-income individuals and families through direct assistance and a full continuum of services.
  • Function as intermediaries and work to improve communication, coordination and collaboration within and between social services providers.

Available IMPACT grant opportunities?  
Recent grantees…

New Orleans Works (NOW)

NOW works with both employers and the workforce education and training community to ensure that New Orleans residents are qualified for tomorrow’s careers. NOW is committed to filling more than jobs. Its goal is to create an environment with opportunities for higher wages, better benefits, and career advancement for the New Orleans workforce.

Available NOW grant opportunities?  
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Metropolitan Opportunities

An initiative of the Ford Foundation in partnership with GNOF, this program funds efforts to coordinate housing, transportation, and economic development so that all three–jobs, housing, and transportation–work together, better serving the entire region.

Available Met Ops grant opportunities?  
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Organizational Effectiveness

As in other program areas, the Foundation supports investments in organizational capacity-building among nonprofits working in the field of health and human services.

Available Technical Assistance grant opportunities?  
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