Bayou Grace Community Services (Chauvin, LA)


  • Name:Mary Biegler
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Bayou Grace Community Services
  • Address:P.O. Box 238
    5228 Hwy 56
    Chauvin, LA 70344
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:9855945350

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  • Mission:
  • Bayou Grace mobilizes local and national community in restoration and protection of coastal Louisiana. Nearly 500 annual local and national community participate in restorative volunteerism, classroom/laboratory education and the creation of advocacy tools. Bayou Grace used the disasters from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, Hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008 and the BP Oil Spill in 2010 to build national partnerships as with Oxfam America and to engage and educate nearly 1000 national volunteers on Louisiana coastal land loss and restoration. Bayou Grace has built local partnership with the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program and the Dulac Community Center to engage local community in restoration. It has now been five years since the last major disaster in coastal Louisiana. With less national exposure Bayou Grace has be has been focusing on growing local partnerships at the civic, NGO and government levels and growing local engagement.

  • Overview:
    Since 2011, Bayou Grace's has implemented its Louisiana Estuary Experience, a co-operative volunteer program with the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP). Nearly 700 national volunteers have aided in restoration on six restoration sites and participated in classroom/laboratory education at the Louisiana University Marine Consortium (LUMCON).

    Bayou Grace, Louisiana State University’s Louisiana Sea Grant and the BTNEP have organized a joint pilot living shoreline levee project. The three organizations are now working to secure funding and start engaging local community to restore and protect wetlands located in close proximity to their homes. Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government’s Coastal Zone Management Committee has endorsed the project.

    Bayou Grace is also working to organize local volunteers on vegetative plantings on properties owned by Terrebonne Parish, purchased through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). (The HMGP funds were used to purchase properties and structures deemed Severe Repetitive Loss (SRL) structures.)

    Bayou Grace is building a partnership with a local female wetlands educator/tour operator who Bayou Grace worked with post Hurricanes Katrina during the rebuild of her home. The goal is engage groups of women for a weekend. The group would tour the wetlands, be engaged in scientific and community education with this local educator, Bayou Grace and the BTNEP and volunteer on the pilot living shoreline levee project and/or public lands owned by Terrebonne Parish.
    Local residents and national volunteers help create advocacy tools through our Why Should We Save Coastal Louisiana? Photo Project. Since 2010, over 1000 stakeholders have been photographed with answers to the project question. Many photos have been exhibited at the Houma Terrebonne Water Life Museum, the Nicholls State University Art Studio and the Terrebonne Parish Library System.
    In 2014, Bayou Grace partnered with Nathan Cotton, STEM Curriculum Specialist at Terrebonne Parish School Board. He is implementing Bayou Grace’s photo project throughout the school district. The goal is to educate 350 students on Louisiana Coastal land loss and have them participate in the photo project. In 2014, Bayou Grace also partnered with the Foundation for Acadiana, musician Zachary Richard and artist Michelle Varisco to make the documentary Bayou Water Runs in our Veins. This documentary highlights local community and the Terrebonne Parish environment to covey the immediacy that coastal land loss has created and how Bayou Grace works towards restoration. Terrebonne Parish school teachers are now incorporating the documentary into their science curriculum prior to engaging students in the Why Should We Save Coastal Louisiana? Photo Project.
    Bayou Grace is partnering with New Orleans-based media outlet WWNO. Bayou Grace’s photo project will be an ongoing topic on their Listening Post, a community media project that focuses on different topics every two weeks. Produced segments air on New Orleans public radio that voice people's opinions and experiences on those subjects. Participants will text a picture of themselves with the project answer after speaking on the radio. Both Bayou Grace and WWNO will use their social media network to spread these advocacy messages.

  • History:
  • Bayou Grace began as an outreach effort in 2005 during aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The initial team incorporated environmental outreach and education on Louisiana coastal land loss as part of Bayou Grace’s long-term disaster relief strategy.

  • Year established:2005
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:9
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:3


  • 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

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:2/22/2018 2:43:34 am

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