Community Grants

In January 2017 the Junior League of Greenville awarded a total of $50,000 in grants to agencies that enhance and promote our three Community Impact areas: Education, Families & Children, and Health & Wellness.

Each year, the JLG provides volunteers and grants via our community grant process. In order to be eligible, an agency representative must attend the Grant Application Open House. The 2017 Open House was held on Thursday, June 8th at JLG Headquarters, 118 Greenacre Road Greenville, SC 29607 at 6:30 p.m. Participants should have received the application via email. Applications are due by noon on July 31. Organizations will be notified by November if their project has been selected for funding and volunteer support and checks will be awarded in January.

If you did not attend the Open House, you are not eligible to apply this year. Please watch our website for information on the 2018 process in mid-2017. Please email Megan ShropshireChair of our Community Project Research & Development (CPR&D) Committee, for more information.

Our 2017 grant program award recipients were:

  • Julie Valentine Center:  $14,500   

    Julie Valentine Center provides free, confidential services to sexual assault and child abuse survivors and their families in the Greenville County area. Julie Valentine Center's mission is to stop sexual violence and child abuse and the impact of these crimes through prevention, investigation, collaboration, treatment, and advocacy. The Junior League of Greenville is funding Julie Valentine Centers’ new Campus Sexual Assault conference and two Community Forums. These events will be ways for the Julie Valentine Center to teach college age students and community members on ways of prevention and how to help assault victims in the community. Funding will pay for speakers, supplies and equipment, food, and curriculum for the conference and forums. This grant is under our Women & Children impact area.
  • Greenville Literacy Association:  $13,000    

    The Greenville Literacy Association has served the community of Greenville and surrounding areas for almost 50 years. It is one of the largest community-based adult literacy programs in South Carolina and is one of the most highly developed in the nation. Helping adults improve their basic skills has a direct and measurable impact on both the education and quality of life of adult and of their children. JLG will fund the Greenville Literacy Association’s “Women Investing in Women. Educate, Enrich, Empower- A Pathway to Skilled Employment and Economically Stable Families.” Funding will pay for 20 GED exam scholarships, will provide six Greenville Tech Quick Jobs scholarships, twenty vouchers for the Nearly New shop for Employment Readiness certification participants to purchase mock interview attire, and marketing materials and items for student recognition.

  • Thrive Upstate:  $13,000    

    Thrive Upstate formerly known as Greenville County Disabilities and Special Needs Boards’ mission is to provide all people with disabilities and special needs with meaningful services, opportunities, and support, so they may thrive in life, work, and play. At Thrive Upstate they redefine abilities for each person served to maximize their independence and contribution to the community. The Junior League of Greenville is funding Thrive Upstate’s Generous Garden Disabilities Employment Project, under the impact area of Health and Wellness. The Generous Garden Disabilities Employment Project allows people with disabilities and special needs to plant, maintain, harvest, and sell fruits and vegetables out of a garden owned by Thrive Upstate. The JLG funds will be used to purchase a cold storage unit and a washing station for the fruits and vegetables.

  • United Ministries:  $13,000    

    United Ministries serves and empowers those on the transformative journey to self-sufficiency. Their vision is a community working together to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to thrive in Greenville. The Junior League of Greenville will fund United Ministries’ the Junior League of Greenville Hospitality House, under the impact area of Families and Children. This house will allow a homeless family a place to live while achieving financial stability through a job and classes provided by United Ministries to where they can afford housing on their own. The funding will be used towards purchasing the house and to assist with operations of the home in the first year. 

Developmental Grants

In additional to our normal community grants process explained above, the League is receptive to community partnerships with long range plans that would further our Mission to improve the community as reflected in our past history (e.g. Pendleton Place, The Children’s Museum of the Upstate).  Accordingly, the JLG is open to requests from local non-profit agencies for consideration of large monetary commitments, which shall be known as Developmental Grants.  Such grants are intended to be used for capital and/or developmental projects, including but not limited to buildings, new programs and large projects demonstrating potential significance to the community.
If you are interested, please complete the application and return it to Tina Hampton.