Bayou Grace Community Services (Chauvin, LA)


  • Name:Rebecca Templeton
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Bayou Grace Community Services
  • Address:P.O Box 238
    Hwy 56
    Chauvin, LA 70344
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:985.584.5350
  • Main fax:985.594.5358

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  • Mission:
  • Bayou Grace works to restore the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary in coastal Louisiana, mobilizing local and national program participants in restorative projects, advocacy, and education. Bayou Grace was founded in 2005 when the rural, largely minority and impoverished Native American, African American and Cajun/French population in lower Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana were enduring unnatural wind and flood devastation from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. These disasters were an opportunity for Bayou Grace to educate program participants on one of the world’s largest unnatural land loss crises and to mobilize community in advocacy for its restoration.

  • Overview:
  • Bayou Grace mobilizes over 1500 locals and nationals annually in restoration of the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary through marsh plantings, classroom/laboratory education, community dinners with government and NGO leaders and the creation and exhibition of photo advocacy tools. In 2013, Bayou Grace was awarded the Louisiana Wildlife Federation’s Conservation of the Year and was invited to address social impacts of environmental degradation at the World Delta Dialogues at Vietnam National University. Bayou Grace Executive Director Rebecca Templeton was named a Champion of Change by the Department of Environmental Quality and received the award at a White House ceremony in April 2013. All programs allow Bayou Grace to gain community and scientific perspectives on land loss and restoration, build effective communicators about this issue and advocate in the best interest of our communities.
    Without the protection of a healthy marsh and barrier islands as a result of land loss over the past 80 years, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 caused extensive, unnecessary damage to the Native American, African American and Cajun population in Terrebonne Parish, Bayou Grace’s target area. Thus, Bayou Grace was formed with the mission to restore Terrebonne Parish and the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary by mobilizing participants in restorative projects, advocacy, and education. Program participants have a complex understanding of Louisiana coastal land loss and how restoration benefits the entire nation. All of our programs are year-round.
    Bayou Grace's main strategy is to build partnerships to implement outreach projects and advocacy initiatives.

    Bayou Grace’s Louisiana Estuary Experience, a co-operative five day volunteer program with the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) host over 250 volunteers annually, over 3000 since 2005. Volunteers continue to aid in restoration on over six restoration sites and participate in classroom/laboratory education at the Louisiana University Marine Consortium (LUMCON). Program participants educate others and advocate for restoration after involvement with Bayou Grace. For example, in 2011, a Bayou Grace volunteer organized the Batavia-Bayou Cross Cultural Connection, a two day event about Louisiana land loss and restoration at Genesee Community College in Batavia, New York.

    Volunteers also engage with locals at community dinners via our Building Community Resilience through Community Dinners project. These community dinners are an opportunity for locals to engage with government and NGO coastal restoration decision makers and leaders.

    Both local residents and national volunteers help create advocacy tools through our Why Should We Save Coastal Louisiana? photo project. Since 2010, over 800 locals and nationals have been photographed with their answers to the project question. Many of these advocacy photos have been exhibited at the Houma Terrebonne Waterlife Museum and at the Nicholas State University Art Studio and been used to create the companion book, a book we now work to get into the hands of government and agency leaders who can have an impact on decisions made about coastal restoration.
    Bayou Grace participates on Oxfam America’s Coastal Communities Initiative Campaign, attends parish, state and federal meetings and conferences, attends BTNEP Management Conferences and educational workshops at the Louisiana University Marine Consortium. This, combined with outreach, enables Bayou Grace to gain community, scientific and academic perspectives on land loss and restoration and to develop advocacy talking points in the best interest of our communities.

  • History:
  • Bayou Grace began as an outreach effort of Grace Lutheran Church in 2005 during the immediate aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Two local volunteers, the pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Houma, Louisiana and one contracted out-of-state crisis counselor were reacting individually at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center to the enormous disaster following Hurricane Katrina. Three weeks after Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita devastated the five rural bayou communities south of Houma. The four community members began partnering and discussing how to use these disasters as an opportunity to rebuild these rural communities stronger and more sustainable. The new team assessed their individual talents and connections and put them together to form Bayou Grace Community Services. While much of the initial work of Bayou Grace was disaster relief related, the initial team recognized the need to incorporate environmental outreach and education on Louisiana coastal land loss as part of Bayou Grace’s long-term disaster relief strategy. Bayou Grace’s main focus area now is environmental outreach, educating local and national community on coastal land loss, restoration and protection and working with its partners to mobilize this community in advocacy for the full restoration and protection of coastal Louisiana, including the five rural communities that Bayou Grace targets. This is Bayou Grace’s main role in continued recovery. The organization continues to meet the immediate needs of community as new disasters occur.
    It is the spirit of meeting the need where the need is, recognizing the opportunity for the community and partnering to get the work done and done well that is the foundation of Bayou Grace. Bayou Grace partners with local and national, grassroots and federal and secular and religious organizations to meet its mission and program goals. The organization incorporated in December of 2006 and received its 501 (c)(3) status in 2007.

  • Year established:2005
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:5
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:4


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:20-8026024

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:208026024
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Organization Address:PO BOX 238
  • Organization City:CHAUVIN
  • Organization State:LA
  • Organization Zip:70344-0238
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:July, 2007
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:11
  • Foundation Code Desc.:School 170(b)(1)(A)(ii)
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  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:02 (990 - Required to file Form 990-N - Income less than $25,000 per year)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:B21
  • Asset Amount:$0
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  • Income Amount:$0
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  • 990 Revenue Amount:$0
  • Last Updated:3/17/2018 1:05:11 pm

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