Baptist Community Ministries recently awarded over $1.6M to local partners that are working directly with those affected by COVID-19. BCM’s Board of Trustees and senior management will continue to monitor the situation and communicate with grantees and philanthropic partners as we navigate the COVID-19 crises together. In the meantime, BCM will continue to fund ALL of its existing grant commitments.

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Building strong communities through social investments

Grants Team

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Open Invitation Grants

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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 and public safety. 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.

Since our inception more than 24 years ago, BCM has awarded over 5,700 grants to over 1,200 organizations totaling over $188M. 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