Community

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.

Last year, the Junior League of Columbia awarded $150,000 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.

Read more about our 2018 Community Impact Grant recipients.

Please contact the committee at impactgrants@jlcolumbia.org if you have any questions.

Information and application for the 2019 Community Impact Grants will be posted here in early 2019.


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 info@jlcolumbia.org.


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. We look forward to hosting these upcoming Community Partner Forums at our League headquarters:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 7:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, April 23 at 7:30 a.m.

Contact info@jlcolumbia.org to be added to our community partner email list to learn about upcoming topics.