Grant Opportunities



United Way of Southeast Louisiana (UWSELA) has a bold vision for eradicating poverty in SELA. Grant-making supports the vision of “equitable communities where all individuals are healthy, educated and economically stable.” This means both a sharpened focus on poverty through supporting the critical programs that form the bedrock of serving our population, and a systems change approach centered on collaboration. Our grant-making is rooted in addressing the complex interplay of symptoms and drivers of poverty in the region.





NOLA Youth Master Plan - CLOSED

In July 2022, the NOLA Coalition – a broad group of over 400 nonprofits, civic organizations, and businesses, including UWSELA and the CYPB – announced a two-part, concurrent strategy to address crime and quality of life in New Orleans. The Investment in Youth Support Service pillar seeks to implement the YMP and raise $15M from new funding sources over the next three years ($5M per year) to be distributed across eligible youth-serving organizations through three competitive grant cycles. 

Applicants are invited to attend a virtual informational session on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 9:00 a.m. to learn more about the application process and required forms. Register for the webinar.

The deadline for submitting applications is September 22, 2022.

→  Learn more about the NOLA YMP Grants.  





Programmatic Grants - OPENING SPRING 2023

United Way of Southeast Louisiana is pleased to announce its FY22 (July 2022 – June 2023) Blueprint for Prosperity Programmatic Grants, which will offer one year of funding to qualified nonprofits addressing education, health, and economic stability disparities across Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington parishes.

This one-year grant opportunity will also include increased data reporting requirements on equity and a focus on both long-standing community problems and emerging needs in the wake of COVID-19 and Hurricane Ida.

Before applying, United Way strongly urges nonprofits to review the full Blueprint for Prosperity Framework






EFSP Funds Available to Nonprofits - OPENING SPRING 2023

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).

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Orleans Parish 2022 Summer Impact Grants - CLOSED

United Way of Southeast Louisiana (UWSELA), in partnership with Baptist Community Ministries (BCM), announces the Summer Impact Grant opportunity to expand and deepen services for children and youth ages 11-24 in New Orleans over the summer of 2022.  

UWSELA and BCM will allocate funds to youth-serving organizations to broaden supports which may include but are not limited to reduced program cost to families, behavioral health supports, expanded summer nutrition/meals, expanded hours or duration of programming, and connecting youth with an educational, vocational, and/or employment setting when summer programming ends. Successful implementation will help close the achievement gap, improve health outcomes, reduce crime, and scale programs in locations where they’re needed most.