United Way, BCM announce Summer Impact Grants

17362076 10154542824162309 9021221981427442964 NNEW ORLEANS — United Way of Southeast Louisiana, in partnership with Baptist Community Ministries, has announced the 2022 Summer Impact Grant opportunity to support summer services for New Orleans children and youth.

“United Way’s Blueprint for Prosperity, our plan to tackle poverty, calls for proactive collaboration to create the critical impact necessary to address systemic problems and disparities that keep holding our city’s youth back,” said Michael Williamson, UWSELA president and CEO. “We’re grateful to partner with BCM again on this urgent effort to align and bolster summer programming at a time when it’s needed most.”

UWSELA and BCM will allocate $500,000 to youth-serving organizations to increase education, health, and workforce supports over the summer months.

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Interested existing summer programs must operate in Orleans Parish, align with the New Orleans Youth Master Plan, and focus on serving young people of color, ages 11 to 24, living below the ALICE Threshold.

Over 68% of youth in the city’s most vulnerable neighborhoods live in households below the threshold, representing the minimum income level necessary for survival. Their families cannot afford a barebones survival budget, including housing, food, transportation, child care, health care, and essential technology.

“BCM is dedicated to creating a healthy and safe place for everyone in our community to not only live, but thrive. Our city’s youth deserve safe, supportive environments year-round, but that need becomes all the more critical over the summer months,” said Slade Simons, Baptist Community Ministries board chair. “BCM is excited to partner with United Way of Southeast Louisiana in expanding the capacity of summer programs to meet the needs of some of our city’s most vulnerable youth.”

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Successful implementation of the grants will help close the achievement gap, improve health outcomes, reduce crime, and scale summer programs in underserved neighborhoods.

Grant applications must be submitted electronically by May 19, 2022, by 4 p.m. Notification of grant awards – ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 – will be e-mailed by May 26, 2022.

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