New Orleans City Council Approves $5.6M in Funding for Community Groups, Emphasizing Youth Service Organizations

Today, the New Orleans City Council voted to distribute $5.6 million in critical funding to over 200 community organizations and nonprofits in the area. The allocations will come from the New Orleans Recreation and Culture Fund, established in 2022 by Council Member President Jean-Paul “J.P.” Morrell, and are funded by the city’s 2023 operating budget. Recipient organizations are focused on improving youth and community welfare, and many are NOLA Coalition members.
“We applaud Councilmember JP Morell, and the entire New Orleans City Council, for providing millions of dollars in funding support to nonprofits that provide essential services to our community, and especially, our youth,” said Michael Hecht, President and CEO of Greater New Orleans, and one of the organizers of the NOLA Coalition.  “Eighteen months ago, the NOLA Coalition identified investment in youth services as one of its two pillars of focus, and now, thanks to the support of the City Council, over 40 nonprofit youth-service members of the NOLA Coalition will benefit from over $1.6M in new funding for critical programming for our kids.”
Today’s special council meeting secured the first round of funding, with a second round to follow in January 2024. NOLA Coalition members set to receive $100,000 allotments include Heroes of New Orleans, Silverback Society, Son of a Saint, The First 72+, and United Way of Southeast Louisiana. Numerous additional coalition members will receive funding from this initiative, including:

  • – $75,000
  • Southern University Foundation – $75,000
  • The 18th Ward – $75,000
  • Youth Empowerment Project – $75,000
  • Cultivating Youth – $70,000
  • Reconcile New Orleans – $55,000
  • City of Love – $50,000
  • Anthony Bean Community Theater and Acting School – $45,000
  • Split Second Foundation – $45,000
  • Arin’s Nesting Place – $40,000
  • Dillard University – $40,000
  • NAACP ACT-So New Orleans (New Orleans Branch Youth Council) – $40,000
  • New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute – $35,000
  • NOLAKEYS – $35,000
  • Be Loud Studios – $25,000
  • Ellis Marsalis Center for Music – $25,000
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana – $25,000
  • IGL (Independent Gaming League) Foundation – $25,000
  • New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity – $25,000
  • Girls on the Run New Orleans – $20,000
  • Holy Faith Temple – $20,000
  • Krewe of Red Beans – $20,000
  • New Orleans Musicians Clinic & Assistance Foundation – $20,000
  • Silence is Violence – $20,000
  • Make Music NOLA – $15,000
  • First Tee Greater New Orleans – $15,000
  • Tekrema Center for Art and Culture – $15,000
  • Lower Garden District Association – $10,340
  • Creative Alliance of New Orleans – $10,000
  • The Good Shepherd School – $10,000
  • VIA LINK– $10,000
  • Bon Temps Studios of Louisiana – $7,500
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Louisiana– $5,000
  • Saint Anna’s Episcopal Church – $5,000
  • YEAH!YOGA (Youth Empowerment and Healing) – $5,000

The NOLA Coalition applauds the New Orleans City Council for this targeted community funding, which is aligned with the coalition’s focus on Investment in Youth Services. Investment in young people is essential to ensure they actualize their full potential, benefiting themselves, their families, and the total community.
The awards were chosen by City Xouncil members, who each had roughly $950,000 to give out to organizations focused on improving youth and community welfare, and that meet eligibility requirements. Recipient organizations applied for funding through the Greater New Orleans Foundation, which vetted applicants based on criteria such as leadership, financial management, and contributions to high-need communities.