Grants

Building strong communities through social investments

Open Invitation Grants

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By Invitation Only Grants

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BCM is committed to the greater New Orleans region and to the attainment of a healthier community for the people living here. BCM strives to provide a better quality of life for all people in the region through grantmaking, with specific zones of interest in health, education, public safety and governmental oversight. Our goals are as follows:

  • Health: A healthy community provides its citizens an environment that creates a state of positive physical, mental, spiritual, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
  • Education: A healthy community provides learning opportunities for all of its residents to develop the cognitive, vocational, social, and emotional skills necessary to be successful in college, work, and life.
  • Public Safety: A healthy community provides for a balanced approach to crime prevention and management, including effective interventions and behavioral controls working in cooperation with efficient, effective and coordinated justice system agencies.
  • Governmental Oversight: All forms of local government (including elected or appointed officials and executive, legislative, or judicial branches) should be trustworthy, open to the public, independently monitored, and accountable to an informed electorate.

Since our inception more than 21 years ago, BCM has awarded over 5,000 grants to over 12,000 organizations totaling over $169M. BCM provides grants to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations working within a five-parish region of southeastern Louisiana – Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parishes. Recipient organizations are those with programming focused on improving the lives of people working and living in the region.

BCM has two categories of grantmaking:

Open Invitation Grants

Organizations seeking funds from BCM can apply for one of two grant types: Transom Grants and Discretionary Donations. Applications for these grants are available to the public. LEARN MORE

By Invitation Only Grants

BCM has four other grant types that are by invitation only: Strategic Grants, Opportunity Grants, Core Funding Grants and Trustee-Advised Donations. Partners are approved by the BCM Board of Trustees, and applications are not open to the public. LEARN MORE