Junior League of Columbia

Community Impact Grant Application


This document describes the purpose of the Junior League of Columbia’s Community Impact Grants, eligibility criteria, and the procedures to follow in submitting a proposal. Please review these guidelines carefully and submit proposals in the requested format. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


The purpose of the JLC Community Impact Grant Program is to assist like-minded community partners in their efforts to improve lives in the greater Midlands area.  The Junior League of Columbia is an organization that promotes voluntarism, develops the potential of women, and improves communities through the effective action of trained volunteers.  The League’s current focus area is healthy children.  A total of $150,000 will be awarded by the Junior League of Columbia to Midlands’ organizations proposing transformational projects and initiatives of $25,000 or greater related to our mission and focus area and specifically addressing poverty and basic needs of children and families.

Grant Application Process - opens Friday, January 12, 2018

Request for Proposals

The JLC invites proposals through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process.

Eligible Requests

The JLC supports projects directly benefiting the greater Midlands area by nonprofit organizations and agencies. We do not make grants to individuals or government agencies, or for capital building projects, lobbying, or religious purposes.

Applicant organizations must meet the following criteria:

  • Nonprofit corporation with proof of 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status;

  • Have been in existence for at least one year;

  • Strong board involvement and competent leadership;

  • and proven track record of relationships fostered with other organizations and constituencies in the community

  • Organizations may submit one application per funding cycle.  

Grant Review Process

Application Procedures

Please submit an application containing all of the items specified below, including all requested attachments by Friday, February 16, 2018.  

The JLC will contact applicant if there are questions or if additional information is required.  The JLC will acknowledge applications within two weeks of receipt. The JLC will contact the applicant within 60 days to schedule a site visit as part of the review process and finally to notify whether the proposal will be funded. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application Contents

Applications must be submitted in duplicate and include:

1. Cover letter, on your stationery, signed by the organization’s director

2. Executive Summary

3. Narrative (no more than two pages) that includes:

  • Project Description

  • Brief statement of need to be addressed

  • Goals and objectives, including dates for implementation and conclusion of project

  • Target population

  • Project activities/programs

  • Proposal of collaboration with JLC volunteers on a long-term basis (this could include incorporating shift work for JLC volunteer or placement opportunities)

  • Plan for measuring project results and reporting impact of project to JLC on an annual basis

4. Project Budget (expenses and/or income)

5. Organization Background (mission, major activities, and credentials for carrying out project)

6. If you previously received a grant, please provide an update of the use of the funds and the outcomes.

7. Conclusion (brief statement of long-term project plan and how JLC can play a role)

8. Appendices (Attachments)

  • Verification of tax-exempt status (IRS determination letter)

  • List of officers and Board of Directors

  • Staff biographies and key staff resumes

  • Organization operating budget

  • Latest financial statement (audited preferred)

  • List of other current funding sources and uses

  • Current Annual Report (if available)

  • Support letters or endorsements (limited to maximum of three)  

Please submit proposals by email to info@jlcolumbia.org.