Baton Rouge Area Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Baton Rouge Area Foundation supports human services, education, health, religion, financial education, community development, and women and girls in the Baton Rouge region of Southern Louisiana.

FUNDING AREAS: Human services, education, health, religion, financial education, community development, women and girls

IP TAKE: Take some time to learn about the various funds that accept grant applications at BRAF to apply to the most relevant one.

PROFILE: Established in 1964, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF) is a community foundation based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It serves more than 600 fund donors and works with donors to award over $40 million to local nonprofits each year. The foundation “unites human and financial resources to enhance the quality of life in Southern Louisiana.” BRAF funds local efforts related to human services, education, health, religion, financial education, community development, and women and girls.

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation awards competitive grants to nonprofits in two ways. One way involves applying directly for grants through programs created by supporting organizations. The other way involves donors and advisors recommending grants to nonprofits from their charitable funds, but organizations cannot directly apply for these opportunities. The Credit Bureau of Baton Rouge Foundation held at BRAF supports programs for personal money management and understanding the consumer credit risk system. The Farrnbacher Memorial Fund supports the eyecare needs of people in East Baton Rouge. The E.J. and Marjory B. Ourso Family Foundation funds education, health, human services, and religion. The Powell Group fund supports arts and humanities, community development, education, environment, health care, and human services. The Turner Industries Fund supports local education, health, the arts and community development efforts. Finally, the Young Women’s Christian Organization Fund aims to improve the lives of local women and girls.

Grants range between about $1,000 and $50,000. Grant amounts vary from one grant program to the next. Learn more about this funder’s local giving in the stories section of the funder’s website Grantmaking focuses on Baton Rouge, Louisiana, but some funds also support groups in Lake Charles and New Orleans in Louisiana, Port Arthur, Houston, Corpus Christi, and Paris in Texas, and Decatur, Alabama. Past local grantees include Mid City Studio and Baton Rouge’s library system.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits for select grant programs. Each grant program has its own guidelines to follow and deadlines. BRAF utilizes an online system to receive and track application materials. Direct general questions to the staff at mverma@braf.org or 225-387-6126.

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