NOLA Coalition awards first round of Youth Master Plan Grants 

$906,300 in funding granted to 23 Orleans Parish youth-serving program providers  
via United Way 

NEW ORLEANS – The NOLA Coalition Thursday announced the first round of recipients for its Youth Master Plan grant opportunity. The group awarded $906,300 in funding, ranging from $25,000 to $75,000 per grant, to 23 Orleans Parish nonprofits serving children and youth – birth to 24 – living at or below the ALICE Threshold.  

“Our New Orleans youth are at a critical point in their lives, enduring more trauma and stress than ever, and some people are blaming them for the city’s problems,” said Michael Williamson, United Way of Southeast Louisiana President and CEO. “Our hope is to provide them with necessary relief and a chance to reimagine their futures through these grant-funded programs and let them prove for themselves – once and for all – they are the solution, not the problem.” 

The latest United for ALICE  report indicates that of the more than 88,000 young Orleans Parish residents (5-24), 62% of children (5-17) and 83% of young adults (18-24) live below the ALICE Threshold, percentages that grow disproportionately higher for people of color. Additionally, the Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies reports that New Orleans youth are showing PTSD symptoms at rates nearly four and half times higher than the national average.  

The funded agencies include the following: 


Agency Award
100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans  $25,000 
Art Camp 504 $35,000 

A's & Aces

Black Man Rising Movement, Inc. $10,735 
Center for the Innovative Training of Youth d/b/a STEM NOLA  $25,000 
Dancing Grounds  $50,000 
Empower Your Cents   $75,000 
Grow Dat Youth Farm  $25,000 
Jesus Project Ministries   $75,000 
Louisiana Green Corps $25,000 
NOVAC (New Orleans Video Access Center) $25,000 
On Ramps (dba NOTEP Trade School) $75,000 
Operation Restoration $25,000 
P.O.S.H. Push Nonprofit $75,000 
Reconcile New Orleans Inc. $25,000 
Second Line Arts Collective $30,000 
SilenceIsViolence $25,000 
Start the Adventure in Reading (STAIR) $25,000 
The 1881 Institute $75,000 
The 18th Ward  $25.000 
The First 72+ $25,000 
unCommon Construction $25,000 
Whole Village Art Therapy $70,565 


Grant readers – including youth and volunteer experts – selected programs based on published grant criteria. Individuals interested in participating in the funded programs may visit to learn more.  

The grant opportunity is a part of the NOLA Coalition’s two-part, concurrent strategy to address crime and quality of life in New Orleans. The Investment in Youth Support Services pillar includes a three-year pledge of $15 million to enhance youth-serving programs in the city to help them grow their impact and drive generational change. 

The coalition’s first grant cycle was met with intense interest from area organizations. Over 120 programs and collaborations submitted requests for proposal, totaling more than $7 million. Twenty-eight eligible proposals, while unfunded, were automatically referred for consideration in the second grant cycle set to open in January 2023.  

“The NOLA Coalition committed to a dual, concurrent set of priorities:  safety for our streets today, and investing in our kids for tomorrow,” said Michael Hecht, President and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc. “This set of grants through United Way supports the second priority, and will help organizations that are driving life-changing outcomes for our youth.” 

Ongoing fundraising efforts will underwrite subsequent grant cycles as outlined online at Visit to contribute online and learn more about the coalition’s progress. 


About The NOLA Coalition 

The NOLA Coalition is a collection of local organizations and businesses with an acute interest in helping to address crime and quality of life, for reasons of both life and livelihood. The organizations in The NOLA Coalition are small and large, with diverse membership, from across the city and region. An updated list of recommendations and coalition members can be found at


About United Way of Southeast Louisiana 

For nearly 100 years, United Way of Southeast Louisiana (UWSELA) has been a leader and trusted partner in improving lives and making a lasting difference. We fight to eradicate poverty by preparing people for quality jobs, growing incomes, and affording better health and education opportunities throughout Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington parishes. We have a bold vision of equitable communities where all individuals are healthy, educated, and financially stable – and we have a plan. United Way of Southeast Louisiana’s Blueprint for Prosperity guides all strategic investments in programs, initiatives, collaborations, volunteerism, and advocacy aimed at tackling poverty. For more information, please visit Find us on social: @UnitedWaySELA.