Grant Opportunities



We introduced our Blueprint for Prosperity – our plan to eradicate poverty informed by community voices and validated by external research – to present a compelling path toward a stronger, prosperous, and more equitable Southeast Louisiana for us all. Today, our grant opportunities are rooted in addressing the complex interplay of symptoms and drivers of poverty in the region and supports the vision of equitable communities where all individuals are healthy, educated, and economically stable.



EFSP Funds Available to Nonprofits - DEADLINE TO APPLY: APRIL 22, 2024

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) is a FEMA-funded program authorized by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987. The program supplements and expands ongoing work of local nonprofit and governmental social service organizations to provide shelter, food, and supportive services to individuals and families who are experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, hunger and/or homelessness. The program also provides supplemental funding for humanitarian relief efforts by social service organizations for the purposes of providing shelter and supportive services to families and individuals encountered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

EFSP Phase 41 funds are now available in Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington parishes have been awarded Federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency in the amount of $498,239. Funds must be used to supplement food, shelter, rent-mortgage & utility assistance efforts in ongoing programs to assist people with economic emergencies unrelated to disasters.

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Programmatic Grants - CLOSED

United Way of Southeast Louisiana is pleased to announce our FY23 (July 2023 – June 2026) Blueprint for Prosperity Programmatic Grants. The relaunch of our three-year programmatic grant process – rooted in equity, community voice, and data – is further evolving our grantmaking framework to clarify and drill down our Blueprint investments and focusing our efforts on the challenges most pressing across Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington parishes.

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Collaborative Grants - CLOSED

United Way of Southeast Louisiana (UWSELA) opens the application period for its second cycle of collaborative grant funding to foster systems-level change across the region.  

UWSELA designed the grants in alignment with its Blueprint for Prosperity to support groups of relevant stakeholders taking a collaborative approach to addressing the complex interplay of the local symptoms and drivers of poverty.

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Summer Impact Grants (Orleans only) - CLOSED

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, BIPOC-led youth-serving organizations to broaden or enhance their existing summer 2023 programming for low-income, vulnerable youth over the summer months. 

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