Bayou Community Foundation offering grant to non-profits

The Bayou Community Foundation is currently accepting grant requests from area non-profit organizations for its 2015 competitive grant-making program.

The period to submit requests ends Feb. 27, and all organizations serving Lafourche Parish, Terrebonne Parish and Grand Isle with programs addressing human services, education, workforce development and coastal preservation are invited to apply.

Recipients will be awarded in June for a 12-month funding period beginning July 1.

The grants committee selected eleven recipients last year for an average of $10,000, each. Seven were selected in the program’s first year, and there have been about 40 applicants in the two years combined, according to BCF Coordinator Jennifer Armand.

Due to a greater awareness of the Bayou Community Foundation grants program, now in its third year, Armand expects both the number of applicants and the dollars available to grow. Armand said it will be up to the grants committee if increased dollar figures means more recipients or more money for the recipients in 2015.

“It’s a competitive grant process, so every application is judged on merit, and decisions are made based upon programs that the grants committee believes does the most to address critical needs of our community,” said Armand.

BCF is funded by a five-year $500,000 grant from The Gheens Foundation in 2012 as well as contributions from local family and corporate foundations.

“We try to use our grant program to support organizations and support programs that are addressing some of the most critical needs of our community,” Armand said. “We’ve been amazed over the past two years of our program to learn about all the wonderful non-profits in our area… It’s been really amazing to learn about the great work the non-profits are doing, and BCF is excited to be able to support their work and help them grow even stronger programs.”

Organizations interested in receiving more information or applying may visit

Following the initial grant request deadline, the Bayou Community Foundation grants committee will invite selected applicants to submit full grant packages for final review.

“We are excited to get our 2015 grants program underway and support more of this great non-profit work,” 2015 program chairman James J. Buquet III said in a released statement.