2023 Summer Grants


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United Way of Southeast Louisiana (UWSELA) announces the availability of grants for summer programs to expand and deepen services for children and youth ages 11 to 24 in New Orleans over the summer of 2023.  

Understanding that the summer months can feel more volatile and youth may not have access to the supportive services traditionally provided in educational settings, UWSELA has made funds available for small, Black Indigenous, people of color-led youth-serving organizations to broaden or enhance their existing summer 2023 programming for low-income, vulnerable youth over the summer months. Such broadened supports may include, but are not limited to, reduced program cost to families, increased behavioral health supports, expanded summer nutrition/meals, and expanded hours or duration of programming and ensuring youth are connected with an educational, vocational, or employment when summer programming ends.

Grant amounts will range from $5,000 to $10,000.  UWSELA will provide funding to approved nonprofits no later than June 6, 2023. 

The deadline for submitting applications is May 11, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.




  • Proposals must be submitted by public or charitable, nonprofit (tax exempt) organizations or may be sponsored by such an organization (fiscal agent). For profit organizations are not eligible for this grant.
  • Collaborations are welcome to apply; however, a lead 501(c)(3)organization must be identified and provide nonprofit documentation and an eligible budget for the collaboration. 
  • All participating organizations or sponsoring organizations must operate within Orleans Parish.
  • Priority will be given to small (budget under $500,000) BIPOC-led youth-serving organizations.
  • Proposed projects must be designed to be completed within the scope of the Grant timeline: June 1 - August 26, 2023.
  • A project may focus on a wide variety of youth issues or may be very narrowly focused. Nevertheless, proposed projects must align with one of the six priority areas of focus of the New Orleans Youth Master Plan:
    • Health and Wellbeing
    • Youth Voice
    • Learning
    • Safety & Justice
    • Space & Place 
    • Economic Stability
  • Organization must serve BIPOC youth ages 11 to 24 living below the ALICE Threshold.
  • Funds must be used to expand or enhance summer 2023 programming – not used to start a new summer program.

Grant submissions must be submitted electronically by May 11, 2022, by 11:59 p.m. Applications with a time signature later than 11:59 p.m. will not be accepted. Notification of grant award will be e-mailed by May 30, 2023.

APPLICATION TRAINING: United Way hosted an informational workshop and networking event via Zoom on Wednesday, April 26, at 1:00 p.m. to answer questions about the application forms and process and offer a chance for summer program providers to convene and coordinate activities.  🎥 View Recording.







 April 20  Summer Grant Application Process Opens
 April 26

 Virtual Grant Application Training
 🎥 View Recording.

 May 11  Applications due
 May 12 - 23  Grant Review
 May 24  Board Approval
 By May 30  Notification letters emailed to applicants 
 By June 6  Funding out to organizations




Please direct general questions about the framework or the process to Grants@UnitedWaySELA.org.




IMPORTANT: Before preparing your application, please read the following instructions carefully and provide all requested information.


  • Cover Page – Completed Cover Page. Collaborative applicants should complete a cover page for each organization in the collaborative.
  • Application  – Answer the questions as completely as possible in the format provided.
  • Application Attachments – In addition to the electronic application, the following must be uploaded to the website along with your application to be considered complete.
    • Nonprofit documentation. (See below)
    • Fiscal Agent Form (If Applicable-See below)
    • Organizational Budget
    • Organization’s W-9
    • Organization's completed ACH form

Nonprofit Documentation

  • Acceptable documentation of nonprofit status includes the following:
    • Copy of IRS determination letter verifying the organization as nonprofit. (Preferred)
    • For Catholic Churches – copy of the IRS determination letter provided by the Group Ruling for Catholic Churches, plus a copy showing your listing in the Official Catholic Directory. (Other churches with a similar status may submit such ruling and proof that the individual church is included in the ruling.)
    • Please note: For profit organizations are not eligible for this grant.

PLEASE NOTE:  Articles of incorporation, bylaws, tax ID numbers, or Secretary of State certificates indicating incorporation will not be accepted as appropriate documentation.

Fiscal Agent Form

  • If your organization does not currently have nonprofit status, you may still apply for a Summer Impact Grant by having a 501(c)(3) organization agree to act as your sponsor and fiscal agent for the project. To be considered, you must submit the attached fiscal agent form from the sponsoring organization detailing your sponsor and fiscal agent agreement, along with nonprofit documentation from the sponsor.  


  • All application materials must be submitted electronically by May 11, 2023, by 11:59 p.m. by uploading documents and clicking the submit button at the bottom of this form.





After completing your application, please upload application, along with your supporting documents, using the webform below. 

IMPORTANT: Please carefully review these documents prior to uploading your documents. 

Download the 2023 Summer Impact Grant Application (docx)

Download the Fiscal Agent Form (if applicable) (docx)

Download the ACH Form (docx)

See instructions and grant criteria for more information.


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