Letters of Intent Due October 15

The Junior League of Washington (JLW) today announced the opening of its 2018-2019 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 October 15, 2018.

JLW’s targeted grant program seeks to fund innovative programs in the greater Washington, DC, metropolitan area that address at least one aspect of the JLW definition of literacy, or are tied directly to programs where JLW’s trained volunteers provide service and can maximize impact, and that meet defined objectives when evaluated against measurable outcomes. The League prioritizes organizations with strong leadership, that demonstrate fiscal 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 considerations:
(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;

(3) Developing cultural literacy, including knowledge of history, performing or experiencing the arts, building creative expression or visual thinking skills

(4) 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 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/.