Bayou Community Foundation Awards $175,000 in Grants to 27 Local Nonprofits in Round 3 of COVID Relief Program

Since April, the Foundation has awarded over $616,000 to fill critical needs due to the pandemic.



The Bayou Community Foundation (BCF) presented grants totaling $175,090 to 27 nonprofit organizations serving residents in Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes and Grand Isle during Round 3 of the Bayou Recovery Fund for COVID-19 Relief grants program on October 20.

Since April, the Foundation has distributed 80 grants totaling $616,770 to local organizations specifically for COVID-19 Relief efforts from its donor-supported Bayou Recovery Fund. The emergency grants help nonprofits provide additional food, financial assistance, and protective equipment to meet the growing needs of residents right here in our Bayou Region as the health and economic crisis continues.

“Bayou Community Foundation activated the Bayou Recovery Fund for COVID-19 Relief in March to provide hope and help to local residents in need during the pandemic, which has resulted in over $616,000 in grants for relief efforts right here at home over the past seven months. That is an amazing investment in our community during these unbelievably challenging times,” said Bayou Community Foundation President Henry Lafont.



“We are grateful to all of our donors who have shared their gifts with Bayou Community Foundation so that, together, we can fill the most critical needs of our community during this crisis. We also recognize the tremendous work of all local nonprofits who have made adjustments and taken on new challenges to serve the neediest among us,” Lafont said.

The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent economic downturn has resulted in a surge of unemployment in our area, with thousands of local residents turning to nonprofit organizations for help in filling basic needs for their families. The BCF grants awarded in this third round of funding from the Bayou Recovery Fund for COVID-19 Relief will support food banks and hot meals for the hungry, rent and utility payment assistance, emergency shelter for the homeless, distribution of masks and cleaning supplies, baby care items for high-need mothers, and training programs for the unemployed.

“We help local veterans overcome the burden of PTSD, which, during normal times, is difficult enough. With so many job losses happening due to the pandemic, the stress on our veterans is even greater. This grant will go a long way to assist our local heroes with food, rent, mortgage, utility and insurance payments so they can take care of their families and themselves. We appreciate Bayou Community Foundation’s support very much and are overwhelmed by their generosity and the generosity of all donors,” said Brok Torbert of South Louisiana Veteran Outreach, recipient of a second $10,000 grant.



 

BCF continues to accept tax-deductible contributions to fund its grant programs for Lafourche, Terrebonne and Grand Isle nonprofits, as well as other initiatives to strengthen our Bayou Region. Tax-deductible donations may be made at www.BayouCF.org.

 

BCF was established in 2012 by Lafourche and Terrebonne Parish residents who, after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the 2010 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. Bayou Community Foundation is a tax-exempt public charity located in Houma, LA.

 

For more information on the Bayou Community Foundation, visit www.BayouCF.org or contact Executive Director Jennifer Armand at ArmandJ@BayouCF.org



Round 3 Grants:

For more information on the Bayou Community Foundation, visit www.BayouCF.org or contact Executive
Director Jennifer Armand at ArmandJ@BayouCF.org

FOOD, MASKS & SUPPLIES DISTRIBUTED TO NEEDY IN COMMUNITY – $75,700
Bayou Council Behavioral Health Services, $8,000 – food and sanitation supplies provided to 300 needy families
Beacon Light Community Development Organization, $8,000 – commercial freezers & storage for food pantry in Gray
Bunkhouse Shelter, $7,200 – emergency shelter and hot meals for homeless in Terrebonne
Faith Ministries International, $5,000 – food and sanitation supplies for 100 needy families
Helio Foundation, $2,500 – food for Mom’s Pantry at Village East Elementary School in Houma
Hope Center, $3,000 – hot meals distributed to 600 needy residents in South Lafourche
Lifted by Love, $6,000 – baby supplies, school supplies, clothing and masks to needy families
Lifting Hands Ministry, $5,000 – food boxes delivered to needy households in quarantine
Plymouth Rock Baptist Church, $7,000 – food and sanitation supplies to needy residents in Houma
Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe, $10,000 – food assistance for 50 tribal families in need
Second Harvest Food Bank, $10,000 – food for Bayou Region food bank and food pantry partners
Terrebonne Churches United Food Bank, $4,000 – food boxes delivered to needy households in quarantine



ENHANCEMENTS FOR CRITICAL NONPROFIT PROGRAMS IMPACTED BY COVID – $54,390
Bless Your Heart, $5,500 – digital thermometers for teachers at Lafourche Parish Schools
Crossroads Pregnancy Resource Center, $10,000 – online parenting program and counseling sessions, emergency
financial assistance for needy expectant mothers, bassinets and car seats
Friends of PACT Place, $3,500 – masks and sanitation supplies for facility, staff and clients
Girls on the Run Bayou Region, $5,000 – virtual activity kits for girls in foster care and juvenile detention center
Hope Extreme, $2,500 – masks and sanitation supplies for Houma after-school program for at-risk youth
Hope Restored Pregnancy Resource Center, $7,540 – building renovations and repairs required to provide services
to needy expectant mothers
Lafourche Parish Library, $4,350 – masks and sanitation supplies for libraries, staff and clients
MacDonell Childrens Services, $2,500 – plexiglass dividers and sanitation supplies for group home
Rev. Lloyd Wallace Community Center, $2,000 – food, masks and sanitation supplies for student after-school
program in Lafourche Parish
Houma Fire Department, $1,500 – masks and filters for HPD personnel working COVID testing centers
The Haven, $10,000 – purchase of a van to transport clients to court and medical appointments

RENT/MORTGAGE/UTILITY ASSISTANCE FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS IN NEED – $ 20,000

South LA Veterans Outreach, $10,000 – rent/mortgage/utility assistance for local veterans
St. Lucy Catholic Church, $10,000 – rent/mortgage/utility assistance and food vouchers for needy residents



 

EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE – $ 25,000

Dulac Community Center, $5,000 –Indian Development Senior Community Service Employment Program
Fletcher Foundation, $20,000 – pipefitting and ship fitting training for displaced workers