Merice "Boo" Johnson Grigsby Foundation Grants

The Boo Grigsby Foundation

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Grant amount: US $1,000 - US $5,000

Next deadline: Mar 15, 2020

Later deadlines: Jun 15, 2020, Sep 15, 2020, Dec 15, 2020

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, Project / Program

Location of project: Louisiana

Location of residency: Preferred: Counties in Louisiana: Ascension Parish, East Baton Rouge Parish, East Feliciana Parish, Iberville Parish, Livingston Parish, Pointe Coupee Parish, St. Helena Parish, West Baton Rouge Parish, West Feliciana Parish Other eligible locations: United States

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In 1973, Lane Grigsby started a small contracting and engineering company called Cajun Contractors and Engineers, Inc., which has grown into Cajun Industries, LLC, a nationally recognized construction leader providing a broad range of services to various markets.

In 2007, Lane decided to create a family foundation to help oversee his philanthropic interests. To date, the Boo Grigsby Foundation has made over $2,500,000 in donations to organizations and non-profits in Louisiana and nationally. 

The Boo Grigsby Foundation is a 501(c)(3) that operates for the express purpose of giving financial support to charitable organizations that serve the communities of Baton Rouge and the state of Louisiana, as well as national organizations. The foundation supports many different types of organizations and is always looking for new ways to support our communities. In some cases, grants are awarded over a three to five year period.

Areas of Support


We support a variety of education programs and initiatives in the Baton Rouge area. We believe every student should have access to a quality education and support organizations that strive to impact education. We support all areas of education: public, private and charter.

Medical/Health Services

The Foundation supports a wide array of medical and health related organizations and programs. We donate to research initiatives as well as preventative and support services affecting people of all ages.

Arts and Humanities

Our broad goals in Arts are to support a vibrant community of local performing and visual arts organizations and to ensure that children have access to arts education programs and activities. The Foundation provides funding for performing and visual arts organizations and for community-based arts education.

Human Services

Human services grantmaking supports local nonprofit organizations involved in providing direct services to people and families in the community, including family education classes as well as food or other direct needs.

Community Initiatives

The Foundation supports organizations involved in community development and planning. We believe that by supporting organizations that strive to make our communities a better place, we are investing in the future of Baton Rouge, the state of Louisiana and all of its residents. The main focus of our funding of community initiatives is locally in and around Baton Rouge and the state of Louisiana.

Conservation and Science

Our local conservation and science grantmaking supports nonprofit organizations that are engaged in conservation work and/or providing environmental education for children.

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


  • The foundation focuses on supporting 501(c)(3) organizations and programs in Baton Rouge as well as other communities in Louisiana.
    • Nonprofits and agencies outside of the Greater Baton Rouge area and surrounding parishes that receive funding typically have a direct connection to the Boo Grigsby Foundation's trustees.