Grants Program for COVID-19 Relief

MARCH 26, 2020

Bayou Recovery Fund COVID Relief grants program

BCF Recovery Fund grant app COVID

Bayou Community Foundation (BCF) is accepting grant requests from qualified 501c3 nonprofit organizations and local government agencies to address critical unmet needs in Lafourche Parish, Terrebonne Parish and Grand Isle, Louisiana resulting from the COVID-19 health and economic crisis.

Eligible Applicants:

Federally approved tax-exempt nonprofit organizations in good standing serving residents of Lafourche Parish, Terrebonne Parish, and/or Grand Isle are eligible to apply. “Good standing” means that the IRS currently acknowledges the organization as tax exempt and state registration is current.  Local government agencies administering programs directly to residents in Lafourche, Terrebonne and Grand Isle are also eligible to apply.

Eligible Grant Requests:

Grants shall be awarded strictly to support or expand programs that directly address critical needs arising from the impacts of the COVID-19 health crisis and loss of economic activity in our region, and serve only Lafourche, Terrebonne and/or Grand Isle residents. This may include but is not limited to programs such as food and medicine distribution, rent/utility assistance, mental health counseling, health care, and employment assistance.  This is a competitive grants process primarily based on community needs and impact of grant dollars; all requests may not be fulfilled.

Grants are not intended at this time to fund an organization’s general operating expenses beyond COVID-19 relief and assistance programs.  BCF will not award grants for programs that provide direct cash payments to individuals.

Grant Application Process:

Applicants are required to submit a completed Bayou Recovery Fund grant application and related attachments – IRS determination letter, w9 and list of Officers/Board of Directors or governing authority – to be considered.    It is BCF’s intention to award grants in at least two phases based on funds available in the Bayou Recovery Fund for grantmaking.

Submitted grant applications must include the grant amount requested, a full description of the new or expanded program to be supported by the grant, a budget for the grant request, and other information.

Phase 1 – Deadline for submission of grant application:  Friday, April 10, 2020
Application and all required attachments should be emailed in PDF format to:  ArmandJ@BayouCF.org   Please save your pdf’s using your organization’s name in the file name, and in the email Subject line, please include: COVID Relief Grant Request. NOT FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS MAY IMPACT YOUR APP.
BCF anticipates that Phase 1 grant payments will be issued during the week of April 20, 2020.

Phase 2 of the grants program will be announced upon the completion of Phase 1.

Questions? Email Executive Director Jennifer Armand at ArmandJ@BayouCF.org or call 985-790-1150.