Louisiana Nonprofit Receives $32K in Grant Funds at Baby Cakes Baseball Game

Gulf Coast Bank and Trust, Home Bank and FHLB Dallas presented $32,000 in Partnership Grant Program funds to James Storehouse Louisiana at a Baby Cakes baseball game last week.

METAIRIE, La. — During the seventh-inning stretch of a recent Baby Cakes game, Gulf Coast Bank and Trust, Home Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) presented $32,000 in Partnership Grant Program (PGP) funds to James Storehouse Louisiana (JSL), a nonprofit that provides supportive services for local foster children and their families through mentorships, training, assistance with job placement, and affordable housing resources. Representatives from the three institutions joined the organization at a check presentation.

According to a press release, JSL founder Kim Bigler plans to allocate the funds toward administrative costs, including the purchase of beds, cribs, gift cards, clothes and diapers for clients.

“Foster children cannot be placed in homes without a bed or crib to sleep in,” said Bigler. “The funds from Gulf Coast Bank and Trust, Home Bank and FHLB Dallas will allow us to focus on the kids’ well-being and expand our creativity in our mission.”

Bigler learned about the PGP grant from a Home Bank community investment officer during a fundraiser at a Baby Cakes baseball game. This is the organization’s first PGP grant.

“Children who have aged out of foster care are among the region’s most vulnerable population,” said Kim Carver, vice president of governmental operations at Gulf Coast Bank and Trust Company. “We’re honored to help provide valuable resources to the community in tandem with FHLB Dallas through the PGP.”

Brandon Kelly, the Home Bank vice president and community reinvestment act officer, believes the PGP aligns with the bank’s values.

“Through its community investment programs such as the PGP, FHLB Dallas has provided us a great vehicle to effect positive change in the community,” he said.

With the PGP, FHLB Dallas member institutions like Gulf Coast Bank and Trust and Home Bank contribute $500 to $4,000 to a community-based organization (CBO), which FHLB Dallas matches at a 3:1 ratio. This year, FHLB Dallas awarded $300,000 in PGP funds through 25 member institutions to assist 27 CBOs. Combined with FHLB Dallas member contributions, a total of $442,500 has been awarded to the organizations.

“Our members go above and beyond to support the community and we’re proud to provide a conduit through which they can do so through the PGP,” said Melanie Dill, community and economic development product manager, at FHLB Dallas.

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