Community Assistance Fund

COVID-19 Community Assistance Fund and Taskforce

Community Assistance Fund (CAF): At the outset of the pandemic, the Junior League of Washington Board of Directors moved quickly to establish the Community Assistance Fund to support nonprofit organizations in the greater Washington, DC, area experiencing urgent need as they provide community support as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Through the Community Assistance Fund, grants are fast-tracked to support local organizations in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

JLW is pleased to announce the availability of additional grants, up to $5,000, to those experiencing urgent need as they provide community support relief. Organizations who have previously received a Community Assistance Grant from JLW are eligible to receive an additional grant provided all reporting has been completed for the previous award. We encourage any and all organizations who qualify to apply and welcome applications for less than $5,000.

  • To view the criteria for the Community Assistance Grant of up to $5,000, please click here: Community Assistance Fund Application
      • To apply and upload the completed application, click here.
      • Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and are subject to the availability of funds, with the application rounds closing at 11:59 p.m. on Fridays (beginning March 12, 2021). The awardee(s) will be notified beginning on March 23, 2021, and on subsequent Tuesdays, until available funds are exhausted. 

Community Support of CAF:

Members of the community are welcome to support the Community Assistance Fund with 100% of contributions going back to our local community.

For more information on how to contribute directly to the Community Assistance Fund, please click here and select a one-time gift in support of the “Community Assistance Fund.”

Other Ways JLW is Supporting COVID-19 Relief:

JLW Member Care: We understand that the challenges directly associated with coronavirus have not only affected our community and country at large, but also some of the very members within our organization. Knowing this, we want to ensure that our members have the support they need to both succeed inside and outside of our organization. This includes ongoing efforts to engage with our members and ensure League members have resources they need to sustain active membership. This is starting with a new, flexible dues repayment plan and will continue with additional support for members as needed and assessed by the Board.

Direct Community Support Project (CSP): In the time since the public health emergency began, the League has engaged our volunteers by tapping the talents and resources of our members to collect and create masks with a goal of donating 500 masks to our community.

As we work to get back to business as usual, we hope that you will join us in these endeavors.