Grant Application Guidelines


The Junior League of Buffalo (JLB) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The Community Assistance Small Grants Program seeks applications from non-profit organizations who are directly engaged in and supporting Western New York. Successful applicants will submit proposals which clearly outline a demonstrated need in the community will be addressed, has the potential to impact a significant number of community members and will contribute in a substantial way to the quality of life in Western New York. Previous awardees are incredibly diverse and range from the Food Bank of WNY, to the SPCA, to Child and Adolescent Treatment Services. A list of the previous year’s awardees can be found on the JLB website.

Past recipients can be considered for awards once in a two year period. The deadline for submission via email is November 16, 2018. Applications unfortunately cannot be accepted after this date.

The Community Assistance Small Grants Committee earmarks one Community Assistance Small Grant award toward a non-profit organization that directly engages and supports the Junior League of Buffalo’s Community Impact focus area of Families-At-Risk: Female heads of households living in poverty**.

Please provide the following information (in the order listed) as it pertains to your organization. A maximum of three types pages should address the information required in Part A. Please upload and submit the documents as required in both Parts A and B as indicated below. (Note that food and salaries are not appropriate budget expenditures under this program).

PART A: Organization and Program Information (max. 3 pages)

  1. Organizational Background: Include your agency’s mission, a brief history of the organization (date established etc.), website (if applicable), prior accomplishments;
  2. Program/Project Information: Prepare a description which addresses the following: community need for this project, proposed activities and actions, project timetable, goals and objectives of the program/project and the specific purpose for which the funds will be used;
  3. Program/Project Budget: Indicate specific breakdown of how funds will be used and include other funding sources for this program/project. Requests for funding cannot exceed $7,000. Please include detailed information on projected expenditures with JLB funds;
  4. Outcomes and Evaluation: Discuss specific outcomes expected for this program/project and the way in which these projected outcomes will be evaluated; and,
  5. Community Impact and Recognition: Please describe how this program/project addresses the Junior League of Buffalo’s current focus are of Families-At-Risk, the number of people these funds will help and how the JLB will be recognized for funds that may be obtained from this grant request.
PART B: Additional Attachments (pages as necessary)
  1. IRS Determination Certificate for 501(c)(3) Status
  2. Listing of Key Personnel and Board of Directors of the Organization

Questions regarding the application or the proposal process may be addressed to the 2018 Community Assistance Grants Chair at  Please email completed submissions to

**Female heads of households, living in poverty, face tremendous hurdles and are the face of poverty in Western New York. Two-thirds of families living in poverty in Western New York are headed by a single female. Many of these women and their families face health, education and self-esteem obstacles. By working to improve their economic situation, we are sure to create opportunities for tremendous growth and to help reduce the possibility of generational poverty.

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