Community Projects

The Community Projects Research & Development (CPR&D) committee supports the Junior League of Greenville’s community impact initiatives through research and development of potential community partnerships.

Over the last 90 years, the Junior League of Greenville awarded nearly 3 million dollars in grants and countless volunteer hours to agencies that enhance and promote our three Community Impact areas: Education, Families & Children, and Health & Wellness.

Some of our past projects include:

NOTE TO GRANT SEEKERS
The JLG is currently reevaluating its focus areas to asses how its grant funding can make the greatest, most visible impact in the community.  Please note that during this period of strategy development, the JLG will not host a Grant Application Open House in Summer 2018, nor will the JLG serve as a grant-making entity for the 2018-2019 year.  To discuss other potential partnership opportunities with the JLG, please email JLGCommunityVP@gmail.com.

Developmental Grants

The JLG 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.

Some community projects that have been supported through our developmental grant process include:

  •  Nicholtown Child and Family Collaborative
    The Nicholtown Child and Family Collaborative aims to create a place-based, two-generation community center with wrap-around services in a high-needs area of Greenville known as Nicholtown, in the League’s home neighborhood.  NCFC was established to provide services for the children and families of Nicholtown to improve child outcomes; provide parent training, education, and employment; and build lasting community infrastructure. The Junior League of Greenville was an early partner of NCFC and has granted them a total of $80,504 since their inception. Grant funds have gone to support the development stages of the Nicholtown project, the hiring of a consultant, and to fund a classroom and playground for the early head start program housed at NCFC.
  • South Carolina Children’s Theatre
    The South Carolina Children’s Theatre, the largest year-round children’s theatre in South Carolina, currently serves 43,419 adults and children each year, with The Peace Center and Second Stage performances, classes and outreach partnerships that bring performances to children in need. During the 2016-2017 League Year, the JLG voted to support the South Carolina Children’s Theatre in its fundraising campaign for a new facility. The JLG has awarded the SC Children’s Theatre $100,000, to be distributed over three years. The new facility will include a main theatre, a second stage, multiple classrooms, lobby and public plaza. In connection with our grant, the JLG will receive naming rights for one of the classrooms to be housed in the new facility.