Residency Requirement: New Orleans, Louisiana

Funding: $500-$1000, possibility to re-apply

As a result of the anticipated local economic impact of COVID-19, the New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA) is standing up a relief fund to meet the needs of gig economy workers who have been directly impacted via loss of income.

NOLABA is committing $100,000 to initiate the fund, with a goal of increasing the fund assets to a minimum of $500,000. We have issued a charge across the community to encourage business leaders, philanthropy, and concerned New Orleanians to contribute to increase the potential reach and impact of this relief effort.

As of 2017, gig economy workers represent more than 8% of the workforce in Orleans Parish, including rideshare drivers, musicians, arena workers, and festival production staff. As contract employees of often large corporations, gig economy workers tend to lack access to minimum wage, paid sick leave, overtime pay, and standard employee benefits, making them particularly susceptible to changes within the economy.

Temporary Relief Fund Goal
Award Size
$500 – $1,000; dependent on a determination of need
Eligibility for Multiple Awards
Yes. Applicants can re-apply after 45 days if they remain eligible.
Approval Criteria
  1. Proof of residency in Orleans Parish
  2. Proof that ≥ 60% of income is generated via “gig-work”
  3. Demonstrated loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
  4. At or below 100% Annual Median Income (AMI) Guidelines (Reference)
Document Requirements
  1. Driver’s License, bill, or bank statement proving residency
  2. Independent Contractor Agreement(s) or other proof of gig-related employment
  3. 2018 or 2019 Tax Return demonstrating income threshold
  4. Bank statements reflecting a minimum of 90 days of income activity, prior to March 9, 2020
  5. Bank statements reflecting compromised income for a minimum of 7 days, post March 9, 2020

Please note, if you lack any of these sources of documentation, we’re still willing to work with you. Please send us an email, so we can work with you to come up with a solution.

Application found via the website.

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