(HOUMA) The Bayou Community Foundation (BCF) today presented grants totaling $205,070 to 28 non-profit organizations working in Lafourche, Terrebonne and Grand Isle as part of the foundation’s seventh annual competitive grants program. With today’s announcement, the community foundation and its generous donors have funded 152 nonprofit grants worth over $1.2 million since 2013 to fill critical needs in our Bayou Region.
“Today is the most wonderful day of the year for Bayou Community Foundation as we invest the generous gifts that donors have shared with the Foundation in nonprofit programs that are making our community stronger. Our donors believe in the power of this community and BCF is pleased to transform this commitment into action through our annual grants program,” said BCF President Stephen Peltier.
“Here in Lafourche, Terrebonne and Grand Isle, we are proud of our rich culture and bountiful coast, and we should also be very proud of our tremendous generosity and compassion. We give because we care, and because we give, these nonprofits receiving grants today and hundreds of others are able to care for the sick, the poor, and the hungry among us. We are all in this together,” Peltier said.
Since BCF’s birth in 2012, the foundation been focused on building and sustaining Lafourche, Terrebonne and Grand Isle by promoting philanthropy, connecting donors to causes they are passionate about, and filling community needs in human services, education, workforce development and coastal preservation. The 2019 BCF grant awards will fund mental health care and addiction treatment programs, food and medicine for the poor and elderly, programs for at-risk youth and children in foster care, equipment for worker training, and parenting support, just to name a few.
“In these challenging economic times, the number of local residents in need is growing rapidly. With gifts to BCF, donors here and outside of our area have opened their hearts and their pocketbooks to help sustain many critical nonprofit services. We thank our grantees for their important work and thank our donors for making today’s grant awards possible,” explained Executive Director Jennifer Armand.