Our hearts and prayers are with everyone who has been impacted by Hurricane Ida. BCM’s Board of Trustees and senior management will continue to communicate with grantees and philanthropic partners as we navigate the Hurricane Ida crisis together. In the meantime, BCM will continue to fund ALL of its existing grant commitments.

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Discretionary Donations

BCM awards Discretionary Donations of $5,000 or less to community organizations and these small grants are typically used to support fundraising and community events. If your organization seeks funding and aligns with BCM’s Vision, Mission and Values, please see the details and requirements outlined in the text below, and we encourage you to submit an application.

Grant Award

  • Grant amounts range from $250 to $5,000.   


  • The organization must reside in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, St. Bernard or Plaquemines Parish.
  • The organization must be classified as one of the following: Tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations (excluding 509(a) private foundations); Governmental entities (Section 170(c)(1)); and State colleges and universities (Section 511(a)(2)(B)).

Application Process

  1. Applicants must complete a Discretionary Donation Request Form. Applications may be submitted any time during the year. We suggest that you submit your application at least eight weeks prior to your event.
  2. Twice a quarter, BCM will review all applications and notify those selected to receive the award.

Application Review

Applications are reviewed directly by the BCM Board Chair and President & CEO.


Applicants will be informed via email from BCM staff if your request has been approved.


If you have any questions or concerns regarding the application process, please email our team at: