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.
In New Orleans, many of our gig-workers depend on the cultural calendar for reliable income. With the cancellations and postponements of many large local events on the horizon, this community stands to lose out on millions of dollars of potential income, directly impacting their livelihoods and family well-being. This relief fund is being set up to ensure that these critical members of our community continue to be active participants in our economy, with an economic outlook they can depend on.
We recognize that this fund will only be part of the solution for most families. NOLABA will be aggressively advocating for resources alongside Mayor LaToya Cantrell and the New Orleans City Council, as the need becomes more evident and the federal government’s response is solidified.
Temporary Relief Fund Goal
$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.
For immediacy, funds will be disbursed via PayPal. Checks are also available, if necessary.
Funding Source for Relief Fund
$100,000 was committed by NOLABA. That commitment was immediately matched by Mrs. Gayle Benson, with continued room for follow-on contributions from corporations, philanthropy, and individuals.
Individual contributions will be processed via Commit Change, which takes a 3% fee for each transaction. Corporate gifts will be collected via check or ACH payment.
To qualify for a relief grant, you must:
You can apply for a relief grant through this website. Click apply and you’ll be provided with a brief form requesting information about you, your employment history, and your income. Please note you’ll be required to provide copies of:
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.
Yes, if you are approved for an initial grant, you can apply for a second relief grant 45 days after your initial application, assuming you still meet all eligibility criteria.
The grants being offered are between $500 and $1000.
Yes, all funds held in the Relief Fund will be used to provide grants to eligible members of the gig economy. Donations can be provided via check or online donation. Online transactions are managed by Commit Change, who takes a 3% fee for processing. There is no processing fee associated with check donations.