Grants

Due to COVID-19, this year’s application period has been postponed and will run from January 4th, 2021 – February 19th, 2021

The Vision of the Junior League of Summit is that it will be a “highly respected force for targeting and impacting critical community needs.”  In keeping with this Vision, the JLS annually awards Community Grants, which are made to non-profit organizations to address demonstrated community needs that fall within the JLS focus area.

We have been the driving force behind the types of initiatives and institutions that make our community a healthier, more vital place to live.  Junior League members reflecting a wide range of backgrounds, interests, and professional pursuits work together to identify unmet needs, forge effective coalitions, and work for change.  Time and time again, the Junior League is often one of the first organizations to tackle our community’s biggest challenges. Click here to see a list of organizations that have received funding from the JLS since 1971!

This past year, our focus was alleviating food insufficiency and providing community essentials within our service area.  We proudly announce that, in 2020, we have granted more than $50,000 to local community partners and agencies in 2020 who shared our focus and met the grant criteria.  In light of the recent global pandemic, grant recipients were given permission by the Board of Directors to use this money to cover important expenses, as necessary to their operations or to help in the COVID-19 crisis. To that end, we awarded an additional $15,000 in emergency COVID grants to 5 community partners.  “Year after year, the Junior League of Summit continues to give back to our community by providing financial and member support of local non-profits,” says Erika Melchiorre, JLS President. “We are proud to grant over $65,000 to these deserving nonprofits that align with our focus areas and are making our community a better place for all.”

The 2020 grant recipients include:

  • Bridges (supplying qualifying Summit students with backpacks & school supplies for the 19-2020 school year);
  • Central Presbyterian Church (funding for a new refrigerator providing food storage for Family Promise and GRACE);
  • Christ Church, Summit (funding to supplement GRACE efforts for food-insecure citizens);
  • College of Saint Elizabeth (funding will cover purchased and recovered food and packaging for a student-run food recovery program and student pantry);
  • Cornerstone School (funding cooking equipment and classes; shared eating experiences in the classroom;
  • Dress for Success (supporting ME (My Essentials) bags containing personal hygiene, toiletry items, and gas cards);
  • Family Promise (funding “Healthy Kitchen Initiatives” providing food, utensils and gift cards to families graduating from shelter program and moving into new homes);
  • Good Grief (supporting food and volunteer training for families attending Nights of Support, grief counseling support groups);
  • Keys 2 Success (helping to build upon existing program providing musical co-learning programs to underprivileged children in the community);
  • Overlook Foundation (providing funding for insulin, medications, healthy food for low-income pre-natal women and children);
  • Reeves-Reed Arboretum (supporting educational sustainability programming through camps, and educational initiatives);
  • SAGE Eldercare (providing funding for Meals on Wheels program);
  • St. Joseph’s Social Service Center (funding food insecurity program for the Greater Elizabeth area);
  • Summit Area YMCA (supporting career and college prep and counseling plus corporate mentoring as part of the Achievers Program servicing community’s underserved);
  • The Summit Department of Community Programs (funding for TRYcan special needs recreation programs: build a sensory room in the new Summit rec center, including climbing wall, chairs, ball pit, and more);
  • The Summit Park Line Foundation (supporting a direct and safe option connecting Summit communities:  bike riding lessons for members of the community; safety on the path);
  • Summit Soccer Club (a supporting program which provides healthy activity to GRACE community and additional children);
  • The Summit Speech School (providing fresh, healthy snacks for students and water filters for last year’s refrigerator donation)
  • The Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad (funding a state-mandated technological upgrade: one new laptop to be docked in a rig);
  • The Connection (supporting Pathways program that provides services for women undergoing cancer treatment