The Junior League of San Francisco

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JLSF Community Program Grants

This past year, the Junior League of San Francisco, Inc. (JLSF) awarded a total of $175,000 in Community Program grants and provided a significant number of JLSF volunteer hours to five San Francisco Bay Area nonprofits. Through these grants, the JLSF provided support to organizations in their programmatic efforts that align with our focus area of Empowering our Community Through Life Skills Education.

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We are now accepting JLSF Community Program grant applications for FY 2017-2018. The deadline for submitting an application is Monday, September 5, 2016. Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received. Organizations are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Grant awards will begin in June 2017. 

The JLSF seeks partnerships with San Francisco Bay Area nonprofit organizations that align with our focus area of Empowering our Community Through Life Skills Education. Through these partnerships, the JLSF provides both grants and volunteers to support specific community programs. 

The Community Program grant term is one year, during which the JLSF typically provides a combination of both funding (direct and indirect) and ongoing volunteer support (a committee of approximately ten to 30 JLSF volunteers who provide approximately three to five hours per person per month of direct support to the nonprofit partner).

The JLSF Community Program grant is comprised of both: 

Direct Funding - These funds directly benefit the nonprofit organization and are generally unrestricted, with the exception that the JLSF is unable to fund salaries. Past grants have ranged between $5,000 and $35,000. 

Indirect Funding - These funds directly support the JLSF volunteers in their execution or development of activities at the nonprofit organization. Examples of indirect funding include covering costs to purchase necessary supplies or food-related to the specific programs and activities developed and executed by JLSF volunteers.

While JLSF Community Program grants have an effective term of one year, the League seeks to develop an affiliation with organizations and in many cases our partnerships have extended from two to five years.

Eligibility and Requirements

To be eligible for a JLSF Community Program grant, organizations must:

  • Submit a grant application and other requested documents
  • Demonstrate that the specific program aligns with the JLSF focus of Empowering our Community Through Life Skills Education
  • Serve communities specifically located in the County of San Francisco
  • Provide financial data (including evidence of 501(c)(3) status and audited financial documentation)
  • Provide meaningful, direct volunteer experiences for a committee of ten to 30 JLSF volunteers on a consistent monthly basis. Examples of JLSF current volunteer support partnerships include: developing programming and offering respite care support to children and adults with disabilities, tutoring homeless children and developing life-skills workshops for families enrolled in parenting classes
  • Satisfy a volunteer time commitment of approximately three to five hours per month per volunteer
  • Provide volunteer opportunities that occur on weekday evenings (5:00 p.m. and later) and weekends

Application Review Process and Timing:

  • September 5, 2016 - Deadline for JLSF Community Program Development (CPD) Committee's receipt of proposals 
  • October/November 2016 - Potential site visits pending additional questions/clarifications needed on submitted application
  • January 2017- JLSF Board of Directors will vote on the CPD committee's program recommendations 
  • February 2017 - The program slate will be presented to the JLSF membership for final approval No later than February 2017 - Applicants will be notified of the JLSF Community Program grant selections 
  • June 2017 - Final grant amounts announced. Grant funding and volunteer support commence

If you would like to apply for a JLSF Community Program grant, please complete the online application. If you have questions, please email