In keeping with our mission, the Junior League of Columbia (JLC) promotes voluntarism and improves communities by providing a variety of avenues for our members to become involved and make positive impacts throughout the Midlands community and schools. Our membership gives 50,000 hours—or $1 million worth of time—to benefit children and families in our community EVERY SINGLE YEAR!

Community Impact Grants

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 2022-2023 JLC Community Impact Grant Request for Proposals is open and the deadline for Round 1 documents is 8pm on April 29, 2022.

Key 2022 dates:

  • March 18 – RFP released to the community
  • April 29 – Round One proposals due to JLC
  • May 3-5 – JLC Committee will review
  • May 6 – Applicants notified if they have made it to Round Two
  • May 13 – Round Two documents due
  • May 19 – JLC committee to finalize
  • June 1 – Announcements made for final recipients

In 2018, 2019, and 2020 the Junior League of Columbia awarded a total of $250,000 to Midlands’ organizations proposing transformational projects and initiatives related to our mission and focus area and specifically addressing poverty and basic needs of children and families. Read more about our Community Impact Grant recipients for 2018, 2019, and 2020.

Please contact the committee at if you have any questions.

Community Assistance Funds

The Junior League of Columbia may designate a portion of its budget for Community Assistance Funds to help address the short-term critical needs of not-for-profit organizations whose work supports and relates to the mission and vision of the JLC and/or AJLI. The intent of these funds is to permit the JLC to respond to critical community needs. Donations from the Community Assistance Fund are administered by the Board of Directors.

Applicants for Community Assistance Funds must be a 501(c)(3) organization in good standing and must serve the residents of the greater Midlands area of South Carolina. Organizations may receive one grant per fiscal year (July 1–June 30). The average award amount is $1,000.

For more information, please email

Community Forums

The Community Research and Project Development Committee hosts a series of issue-specific forums during the League year that bring together representatives from non-profits organizations, agencies, and other groups working in common areas. Each of these forums is designed as a facilitated conversation where members can learn more about specific topics that may benefit their organization or about issues facing our community and ways they can become involved in addressing them

Contact to be added to our community partner email list to learn about upcoming topics.