The Junior League of San Jose builds partnerships and seeks solutions that make a lasting impact on the ever-changing community through voluntarism, leadership, training, and funding. As part of the League’s continuing mission to support the local community, JLSJ has established a grant giving program, which includes:
Community Grant Funds
The Community Grant Fund was established to offer grant funds to Santa Clara County non-profit agencies working within the guidelines of the JLSJ Community Program with a focus on literacy, early parent education and support, nutrition and health, safety training, and/or kindergarten readiness. The funds allocated through the Community Grant Funds range, with a maximum amount of $7,500 per agency.
Through Community Grant Funds disbursed during the 2013-2014 year, JLSJ has been able to support agencies such as Assistance League of Los Gatos-Saratoga, Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, City Team Ministries, DreamPower Horsemanship, Good Karma Bikes, Hope Services, Learning & Loving Education Center, Next Door Solutions, Pacific Autism Center for Education, Reading Partners, Santa Maria Urban Ministry of San Jose, Schmahl Science Workshops, Silicon Valley Education Foundation, and SJB Child Development Center.
Together Reaching Out (TRO) Fund
The Together Reaching Out (TRO) Fund was established in 1991 to provide financial support to agencies that were either started or supported by the Junior League of San Jose. With this fund, the Junior League of San Jose has supported the continued success of past League projects including Hospice of the Valley, Compass Point, InnVision – Georgia Travis Center, Peralta Adobe, The Youth Science Institute, Bring Me A Book Foundation, and The Wonder Cabinet at the Children’s Discovery Museum.
IMPACT: Over the last ten years, the Junior League of San Jose has provided over $275,000 to community non-profits through the Community Grant ($245,000) and the Together Reaching Out funds ($32,000).
Is your nonprofit working with children ages 0-8 or foster youth aging out of the foster care system? We are looking to award our grant to a nonprofit who could use funds to focus on literacy, nutrition, health, early parent education, health, and safety, or to help foster youth successfully transition out of foster care. Could your nonprofit use $6,000-$10,000 for a special project to ensure those needs are met?
DETAILS OF THE GRANT:
- Our organization works very hard for dollars we raise!
- We are looking to make as big of an impact as we can in terms of lives affected
- As such, we are looking for a nonprofit that will utilize our grant for a special project or new program instead of for ordinary operating income
- All that we ask is that the nonprofit uses the entire grant for this special project, and that you provide a one-time opportunity for 10-15 of our members to spend a two-hour shift to assist in making the project come to life!
HERE ARE SOME GREAT EXAMPLES:
- Your organization would like to implement a life skills program for teenagers who are exiting the foster system. You would use our grant to purchase supplies, fund programming and use our members to set up and/or help implement a portion of the lessons.
- Your organization would like to improve literacy by increasing access to bedtime books. You would use the grant to build and fill the shelves with books at your facility, local library or school. Our members could help with a book drive.
- Your organization would like to start a community garden in a school or after-school-program serving kids who ordinarily don’t have access to space to learn how to garden. You would use our funds to kick off the program with tools, supplies, etc. Our members could help prepare the garden, hold a special workshop or pitch in during a cooking demonstration.
Application deadline is February 1, 2017. Junior League of San Jose is holding a training at Lexus of Stevens Creek on November 15, 2016 at 7 pm to answer any questions you may have. Please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.