Charles Lamar Family Foundation Grant

Charles Lamar Family Foundation

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Next deadline: Sep 15, 2020

Later deadlines: Mar 15, 2021

Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $400,000

Fields of work: Freshwater Conservation Water Resource Management Animal Welfare - Domestic Animals & Pets Education - K through 12 Education - Preschool / Early Learning Human & Social Services Historic Preservation Art & Culture Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program, General Operating Expense

Location of project: Counties in Louisiana: Ascension Parish, East Baton Rouge Parish, East Feliciana Parish, Iberville Parish, Livingston Parish Show all

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:




The Charles Lamar Family Foundation was established by Charles W. Lamar III in 2000, as a permanent vehicle for his family to provide financial support to organizations striving to make a difference. We have funded a wide variety of projects and programs, usually in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana area. We are open to all 501(c)(3) applicants, but generally restrict our grants to our stated areas of interest, especially our three areas of special interest — Pre-K–12 education, companion animal welfare and water resources.

We expect our funds to be used as described in the grant application and require final reporting on the project and its actual revenues and expenses. 

SPECIAL NOTICE: Our next grants may only fund projects involving:

  • k-12 education,
  • companion animal welfare or
  • water resources.

For other projects, potential applicants are required to submit a letter of intent, stating mission, the project, the budget and the amount to be requested. Please wait for our response, prior to submitting a full application.

Grant Procedure

The Foundation makes about twenty (20) grants per year to 501(c)(3) organizations, totaling around $800,000. Our grants have varied from $5,000 to $400,000. Most are single grants; some are multi-year.

The Foundation generally makes grants to support:

  • a new or expanded activity — such as a building fund,
  • a new program,
  • a new staff position, or
  • expansion of existing programs.

We may also provide “bridge” funding when an established organization has lost a funding source.

To be considered, an organization must show a feasible plan to complete and sustain the specific activity to which the grant pertains.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Eligible applicants are nonprofit charitable organizations that are exempt from federal taxes under section 501(c) (3) of the IRS Revenue Code.
  • We look for organizations that can demonstrate their capacity with viable operating plans and the retention of concerned and capable personnel.


  • We are inclined to favor grants that will address needs that may be particularly difficult to raise money to support. 


  • We do not provide all of the funds for a project or program, because we want assurance that the wider community is committed to the activity.