The following information is a curated list of helpful resources provided by local nonprofits and commonly used government sites.
City of New Orleans Business Permits and Licenses - Find information related to applications and processes for obtaining Occupational Licenses, Mayoralty Permits, Certificates of Necessity and Public Convenience, Electrical and Mechanical Contractors’ Licenses, Taxi Driver and Tour Guide Permits, along with information related to external reviews and certifications that are required.
geauxBIZ - One-stop site for launching a new business in the state of Louisiana from the Office of the Louisiana Secretary of State.
Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) - No-cost business information services that can help you gather industry or market statistics for your business or marketing plan, research specific market or industry trends, and identify competitors, suppliers or potential customers.
New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA) - New Orleans Business Alliance helps entrepreneurs grow and expand their businesses through initiatives and a combination of powerful online business tools.
New Orleans Startup Fund - The New Orleans Startup Fund is a nonprofit venture fund focused on business creation and innovation in the 10-parish Greater New Orleans region. The Startup Fund’s mission is to create jobs and economic prosperity by providing seed capital and business assistance to early-stage firms that demonstrate significant growth potential.
SCORE New Orleans - SCORE New Orleans provides a variety of confidential business advice for free. Counseling tailored to your business and personal goals.
- Agenda for Children - Finding the right child care provider is one of the most important decisions you'll make as a parent or caretaker. The good news is that Agenda for Children, your local child care resource and referral agency, is here to help! Search their database or call 1-800-486-1712 for assistance.
U.S. Census Bureau - Formerly known as American Fact Finder, this new platform provides access data and digital content from the U.S. Census Bureau.
The Data Center - This nonprofit brings together data from multiple sources and aims to build prosperous, inclusive, and sustainable communities by making informed decisions possible. The Center’s areas of expertise include disaster recovery, regional economic analysis, workforce development, racial disparity indicators, blight reduction, affordable housing, and coastal population movements.
DISASTER AND EMERGENCY INFORMATION FOR ORLEANS PARISH
- NOLA Ready - Visit NOLA Ready for the latest updates to city services, assistance programs, and other vital resources available to Orleans Parish residents and businesses. Information about hurricanes, street flooding, COVID-19 and more.
- Expresslane - Visit the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles online to find manuals and forms related to driver’s licenses and vehicle registration.
OneApp- NOLA Public Schools provides students and families with the opportunity to choose a school that best suits their interests and needs through a centralized enrollment process. The application is open to families who are new to New Orleans, new to public school, or who would like to apply to transfer for the upcoming school year. OneApp has adapted over time to include a diverse portfolio of schools with various programming models, governance structures, and admissions criteria.
Scholarship Information - Need money for college? Begin your search for scholarship websites here.
WorkReady-U- Free online classes to help students in Louisiana prepare to successfully earn a high school equivalency diploma (HiSET, formerly the GED) and get ready for college and career options. In-person orientation at one of 7 local campuses is required to begin using this resource.
YMCA Educational Services (YES!) - The YMCA of Greater New Orleans offers classes for adults at Main Library. Whether you want to improve your reading, writing, math, and job-readiness skills or prepare for the HiSet exam, YES! can help. Registration is required.
FOOD AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
My Social Security - Visit this site to apply for Medicare or federal financial support for retirement, disability, and survivor benefits.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - This program provides monthly benefits that help eligible low-income households buy the food they need for good health.
Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC) - WIC provides nutritious foods, nutrition information, breastfeeding promotion, breastfeeding support and referrals to other health and social services.
GRANTS AND NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
Foundation Directory Online - This research tool helps nonprofits find the grantmakers most likely to fund their projects, how much to request, and what to highlight in a grant proposal. This resource can only be accessed at Main Library. Call 504-596-2560 to make an appointment.
Foundation Grants to Individuals - This research tool is designed to find foundations that provide financial support for individual grant seekers. This resource can only be accessed at Main Library. Call 504-596-2560 to make an appointment.
Grants.gov - This E-Government initiative provides a centralized location for grant seekers to find and apply for federal funding opportunities.
GuideStar - This database provides information on every nonprofit registered with the IRS as tax exempt. It also contains data on former nonprofits as well as organizations not registered with the IRS, but recognized by the IRS as exempt, such as faith-based organizations. GuideStar obtains the information from the nonprofits themselves, the federal government, and partners in the nonprofit sector.
HEALTH & SOCIAL SERVICES
MedlinePlus - Produced by the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, this site offers free reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, in easy to understand language.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - NAMI provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.
National Domestic Violence Hotline - Highly-trained advocates are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to speak confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship. Call 1.800.799.7233.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline - This national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you or someone you know is considering suicide, call 1.800.273.8255 or 911.
New Orleans Family Justice Center (NOFJC) - NOFJC services are available to anyone who has experienced or been impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, child abuse or human trafficking. These services are free and offered in English and Spanish. On-site childcare is available. Call to schedule an intake at 504.592.4005.
Testing.com - Testing.com's mission is to make personal health information accessible to everyone and empowering all of us to take control of our own health. By providing in-depth guides and comprehensive resources, they hope to help individuals and families make well-informed health decisions.
VIA LINK Resource Directory - This database is comprised of over 4,500 organizations providing health and social services in Greater New Orleans and Southeast Louisiana. All information provided through VIA LINK is also available by calling 211.
HOUSING & PROPERTY
City of New Orleans Direct Homebuyer Assistance Programs - The Direct Homebuyer Soft Second Mortgage Assistance Program provides down payment and closing costs subsidies to eligible first-time homebuyers. Subsidies are made available to bridge the gap between the purchase price of the home and the maximum first mortgage loan amount.
City of New Orleans Property Viewer - The Property Viewer provides zoning information for all properties within the City of New Orleans. The viewer includes all zoning districts, zoning district boundary lines, and the locations of site-specific zoning actions approved by ordinance which includes Conditional Uses, Exceptional Uses, and Planned Development Districts.
Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) - HANO’s mission is to provide affordable housing opportunities for low-income residents of the city of New Orleans, while laying the foundation for economic sustainability. Visit this site to find resources for renters, homeowners, landlords, and assistance programs.
National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators – An online portal designed to help individuals claim their unclaimed property and to help businesses ensure compliance per state law in annual reporting.
UNITY of Greater New Orleans (UNITY) - UNITY is a nonprofit collaborative organization of over 60 agencies providing housing and services to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Orleans and Jefferson parishes.
JOBS & EMPLOYMENT
- Job Hunting Resources - Free resources to help you hunt for a job, prepare for a new career, and increase your job skills.
LA.FreeLegalAnswers.org – The American Bar Association’s Pro Bono and Public Service project offers legal information but cannot afford to hire an attorney. Civil legal questions submitted to the site will be reviewed and answered by a Louisiana State Bar Association-licensed attorney. There is no cost to post a question or to receive an answer on the site. Volunteer attorneys will not answer criminal law questions.
LawHelp.org - This directory offers free legal aid programs, information, and forms.
Law Library of Louisiana - Librarians are available to meet the needs of general public by providing access to legal and related materials, research assistance, and instruction in the use of legal information. The Library staff provide legal assistance and will refer users to other organizations for legal advice. The library also provides legal information to Louisiana’s judiciary, state government agencies, and the Bar.
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) - SLLS provides free, civil legal aid to low-income people across 22 parishes throughout southeast Louisiana.
IRS Forms, Instructions, & Publications - Find and print federal tax forms, filing instructions, and commonly used tax guides for the current year or for previous years.
Louisiana Department of Revenue - Find and print state tax forms, filing instructions, and commonly used tax guides for the current year or for previous years.
GeauxVote - Elections and voter registration information including statistics and educational materials. Register to vote, find your voting location, sign up for election alerts and explore other elections-related information.
GeauxVote mobile app – A mobile app is provided by the Louisiana Secretary of State to assist voters.