(HOUMA) The Bayou Community Foundation (BCF) today announced grants totaling $230,000 to 29 non-profit organizations working in Lafourche, Terrebonne and Grand Isle as part of the foundation’s sixth annual competitive grants program.
This is the community foundation’s largest grants program to date and brings the total amount of grants awarded by BCF to over $1 million since 2013.
“Today is an awesome day of celebration for BCF as we award grants for nonprofits that are changing people’s lives for the better and making our entire Bayou Region an even better place to live and work. We always say that Lafourche, Terrebonne and Grand Isle are special communities, and these 29 grant awards demonstrate the care and compassion we have for our fellow residents and our commitment to strengthening this unique place we call home,” said BCF Chairman Dr. James Leonard.
Since the birth of BCF in 2012, the foundation been focused on building and sustaining our Lafourche, Terrebonne and Grand Isle communities by supporting local nonprofits that help our neighbors in need, provide educational opportunities to residents, and work to preserve our valuable coast. This year’s grants will fund innovative programs that fill critical needs in our community by providing mental health care and addiction recovery programs, food and medicine for the poor and elderly, advocates for children in foster care, and tutoring and mentoring programs for at-risk youth, just to name a few.
“In these challenging economic times, with the number of local residents in need growing rapidly, donors here and outside of our area have opened their hearts and their pocketbooks to help sustain many critical nonprofit services with one gift to BCF. It is this tremendous generosity that has allowed BCF to reach the amazing milestone of $1 million in grants awarded since 2013 and to continue to make positive and lasting impacts on our community,” Leonard explained.
The following 29 nonprofits received grants from BCF today totaling $230,000:
Faith Ministries – $1,000 – Hunger Relief Project
Girls on the Run Bayou Region – $2,500 – program enrollment for needy students
Grand Caillou Middle School – $3,500 – Games and activities for alternative recess room
Gulf Coast Social Services – $5,000 – Enhanced Mentoring Program for at-risk youth
LUMCON – $5,000 – Learning opportunities at LUMCON for students from disadvantaged schools
St. Francis Vegetable Garden – $5,000 – funding support for garden management
VIA Link – $5,000 – Teen Crisis Text Line in Lafourche and Terrebonne
Rev. Lloyd Wallace Community Center – $5,000 – technology for Beyond the Bell after-school program
Women’s Restoration – $5,000 – furnishings and equipment for start-up of recovery program
Bayou Council Behavioral Health Services – $6,000– Parent Education Program
Jacob’s Ladder – $6,500 – Celebrate Recovery re-entry program for incarcerated adults\
M.D. Wright Academic Center – $7,500– tutoring programs for at-risk youth
Options for Independence – $8,000 – substance abuse counseling training for family therapists
START Corporation– $8,000 – Functional Family Therapy Child Welfare Program
Fletcher Foundation – $8,200 – purchase of a trailer for commercial vehicle operators program
CASA of Terrebonne – $10,000 – child advocate volunteer recruitment and public outreach campaign
Catholic Community Center – $10,000 – expansion of Food Bank in Galliano
Crossroads Pregnancy Resource Center – $10,000 – Family Values Program for expectant parents
The Haven – $10,000 – Violence Prevention Program for students in Terrebonne and Lafourche
Lafourche Education Foundation – $10,000 – Dolly Parton Imagination Library
MacDonell Children’s Services – $10,000 – program development for youth aging out of foster care
New Life Counseling Center – $10,000 – Access to Care counseling program for underserved residents
Second Harvest Food Bank – $10,000 – food distribution and Mobile Pantry in Terrebonne, Lafourche and Grand Isle
St. Vincent de Paul Tri-Parish Pharmacy – $10,000 – provide free medication to the poor and elderly
Terrebonne Foundation for Academic Excellence – $10,000 –Dolly Parton Imagination Library for Pre-K and Kindergarten students at low-performing Terrebonne public schools
Friends of the PACT Place – $10,500 – Monitors for PACT Place supervised visitation and exchange site
Lafourche ARC – $10,800 – vehicle awning and enclosed trailer for Workforce Development Program
Hope Restored Pregnancy Resource Center – $12,500 – Doppler ultrasound machine
Terrebonne ARC – $15,000 – commercial kitchen equipment for new bakery
BCF was established in 2012 by Lafourche and Terrebonne Parish residents who, after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the 2010 Gulf oil spill, recognized the need for a community foundation to strengthen our Bayou Region and to attract national and international assistance in the event of a future emergency or natural disaster.
Gifts from the Gheens Foundation, local family foundations, and other generous local donors support BCF’s grant-making program, focused on addressing the region’s most critical needs. Since 2013, BCF has awarded $1,012,270 in competitive grants to local nonprofits working in human services, education, workforce development, and coastal preservation. The organization also conducts workshops for nonprofit organizations, coordinates the “Give Bayou” online giving effort, and conducts other programs designed to sustain and strengthen local nonprofits and our precious coastal community.
For more information on the Bayou Community Foundation, contact Coordinator Jennifer Armand at ArmandJ@BayouCF.org