JLW Grants

The Junior League of Washington (JLW) makes a difference in the community through financial and volunteer support of literacy-focused programs.

All organizations interested in a Junior League of Washington grant must:

  • Be a 501(c)3 organization with a valid EIN number;
  • Be located in the Washington, D.C. greater metropolitan area;
  • Present a program in alignment with JLW’s mission, specifically “improving communities through […] effective action”;
  • Address a clear unmet need with the organization and/or the community; and
  • Demonstrate that JLW funds will have a significant financial impact.

Organizations interested in JLW’s Targeted Grant and Volunteer Resources program are invited to join us on August 14, 2020 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. for a TGVR Grants 101 Webinar via ZOOM.

Targeted Grants

In 2020-2021, the Junior League of Washington will award Targeted Grants in the amount of $12,000. The Letter of Intent (LOI) application will be available on August 12, 2020 and will close on September 02, 2020 at 5 p.m. ET.

Completed applications must be submitted via the web form with the LOI narrative application, checklist, and required appendices uploaded. On August 12, 2020 the LOI narrative with checklist will be available here and the web form for submission can be accessed here.

JLW invites all DC-area 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations to apply for our Targeted Grants. JLW continues to support programs that address at least one aspect of the JLW definition of literacy. 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.” Additionally, funding must support a new, existing, or restructuring of a literacy program for women and/or children that develops:

  • Artistic or cultural literacy skills, including knowledge of history and social issues, performing or experiencing the arts, building creative expression or visual thinking skills;
  • Early childhood literacy skills through access to reading materials, tutoring and resources;
  • Job readiness skills, such as financial or digital competencies; and
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) skills.

At this time, winner(s) of a Targeted Grant in the prior award cycle and current Community Placement Partners are ineligible to apply for a Targeted Grant.

Targeted Grants for Community Partners

In 2020-2021, the Junior League of Washington will award Targeted Grants for Community Partners in the amount of $5,000. The application will be available on September 09, 2020 and will close on September 30, 2020 at 5 p.m. ET.

Completed applications must be submitted via the web form with the LOI application narrative , checklist, and required appendices uploaded. On September 09, 2020 the full application narrative with checklist will be available here and the web form for submission can be accessed here.

Funding must support a new, existing, or restructuring of a program that maximizes community impact, is directly tied to the mission of the organization, and where JLW trained volunteers can provide new or expanded services. JLW invites current Junior League of Washington Community Placement Partners to apply. Click here to see our current community partners.

Opportunity Grants

In 2020-2021, the Junior League of Washington will award Opportunity Grants in the amount of $1,000. Opportunity Grant applications will be reviewed in three rounds: August (Fall), December (Winter), and April (Spring). The Fall application will be available on August 11, 2020 and will close on August 25, 2020 at 5 p.m. ET.

Completed applications must be submitted via the web form with the application narrative, checklist, and required appendices uploaded. On August 11, 2020, the application narrative with checklist will be available here and the web form for submission can be accessed here.

Organizations must be experiencing an unexpected short-term financial need or smaller-denomination financial need related to their respective missions and/or operations; additionally, programs must address at least one aspect of JLW’s defined literacy focus.

Please note that current Community Placement Partners or Targeted Grant recipients from the past two League years are currently ineligible for an Opportunity Grant. Additionally, organizations cannot have been a recipient of the Opportunity Grant during the prior League Year.

Volunteer Resources

JLW identifies new volunteer placement opportunities from a pool of community organizations requesting JLW volunteers. The League reviews volunteer resource applications, conducts site visits, and recommends new community volunteer placements that are consistent with the mission and focus of JLW. The trained volunteer application  will not be available for the 2020-2021 League year. 

Through JLW’s Done-in-a-Day Committee, we also provide trained volunteers in response to requests from community organizations for short-term volunteer service for special events. Please visit the Done-in-a-Day page to learn more about requesting volunteers.