Junior League of Washington Announces 2017-2018 Grant Application Period for Literacy Projects

Letters of Intent Due September 7

The Junior League of Washington (JLW) today announced the opening of its 2017-2018 grant application period for programs and projects in the Washington DC, area. Interested organizations are invited to submit a Letter of Intent no later than September 7, 2017.

JLW’s targeted grant program seeks to fund innovative programs working to improve the literacy and life skills of women, children, and/or families in the greater Washington, DC, metropolitan area and that meet defined objectives when evaluated against measurable outcomes. The League prioritizes organizations with strong leadership, that demonstrate fiscally responsibility, and that have partnerships with JLW or other organizations in the community.

Preference will be given to programs and projects that address one or more of the following adult and/or children’s literacy concerns:
(1) Developing Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) skills;
(2) Developing skills necessary to function on the job and in society, such as financial or digital literacy; and/or
(3) Improving early childhood literacy through access to reading materials and resources in the home, classrooms, and libraries; and exposure to reading aloud (ages 0 – 5).

For more than a decade, JLW has focused its financial and volunteer resources on the complex issue of literacy in the greater Washington, DC, metropolitan area. JLW defines literacy as an individual’s ability to read, write, and speak English and compute and problem-solve at levels of proficiency necessary to function on the job and in society, achieve one’s goals, and develop one’s knowledge and potential (adapted from the National Literacy Act of 1991).

The Letter of Intent form and additional information are available at https://www.jlw.org/grants/.