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 JLW grant must:

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

COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE FUND GRANT

In 2021-2022, the Junior League of Washington will award Community Assistance Fund Grants in an amount of up to $5,000 each. The application will be available on January 3, 2022, and will close on January 19, 2022 at 5 p.m. ET.

Community Assistance Fund Grants are awarded to organizations experiencing an urgent financial need related to how they provide support to vulnerable communities.

Preference will be given to organizations that:

  • Are experiencing a surge in demand for their services;
  • Lost access to a key supplier, resulting in an increase in costs;
  • Suffered property damage or had a piece of equipment break;
  • Had a fundraising event cancelled due to external forces; or
  • Experienced another unanticipated difficulty resulting in unexpected need.

Completed applications must be submitted via the web form (available January 3, 2022) with the narrative application, checklist, and required appendices uploaded. 

Organizations that have received a JLW Community Assistance Grant within the present League year (June 1, 2021 – May 31, 2022) are ineligible to apply.

*Organizations are only allowed to receive one CAF grant within the current League year.

OPPORTUNITY GRANTS

In 2021-2022, the Junior League of Washington will award Opportunity Grants in the amount of $2,000 each. 

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

  • Round One (August 16 – August 30, 2021): Programs must address early childhood literacy. 
  • Round Two (October 1 – October 14, 2021): Programs must address workforce development. 
  • Round Three (January 31 – February 15, 2022): Programs must address financial or digital literacy. 

Completed applications must be submitted via the web form with the application narrative, checklist, and required appendices uploaded. The application narrative and checklist will be available here.

Please note that current Community Placement Partners and organizations that have received a JLW Targeted Grant or JLW Opportunity Grant within the two most recent League years (June 1, 2020 – May 31, 2022) are ineligible to apply.

*Organizations are only allowed to receive one OG grant within the current League year.

VOLUNTEER RESOURCES

In 2021-2022 the Junior League of Washington will identify new volunteer placement opportunities from a pool of organizations requesting JLW volunteers. The application is available here and closes on October 15, 2021. 

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. Preference will be given to organizations that: 

  • Clearly demonstrate a need for JLW volunteers.
  • Work with JLW on programming that is unique to JLW volunteers (i.e., all JLW volunteers will work with a particular age range and/or on JLW-specific projects).
  • Work with JLW on programming that meaningfully engages the skills of JLW trained volunteers.
  • Have a sound volunteer retention plan that values volunteers.
  • Provide comprehensive training to enable JLW volunteers to successfully accomplish all tasks required of them in their volunteer capacity.
  • Provide a mechanism to ensure the safety, health, and wellness of JLW volunteers.
  • Provide mechanisms for measuring/evaluating relationships with JLW.

Completed applications must be submitted via the web form with the application narrative, checklist, and required appendices uploaded. The application narrative and checklist are available here.

Additionally, 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.