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2017-2018 JLBCS Community Grants - Community Projects Grants

Grants and Volunteer Services to Texas Nonprofits
to Benefit Bryan-College Station Children and Youth

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Junior League of Bryan-College Station (JLBCS)

Deadline Date:

10/15/17 5:00 PM Mailed or 10:00 PM Emailed - For year-long projects; Done-in-a-Day Grants may be applied for at any time.


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Grants and in-kind volunteer services to local Texas nonprofit organizations for projects, programs, or events that will contribute to the well-being and education of Bryan-College Station’s children and youth. Funding is intended either for one-time activities or for year-long community benefit projects.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 136409

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants not associated with year-long projects historically have been awarded in amounts of up to $1,500, but there is no fixed maximum.

Term of Contract:

- Community Grants are for one-year projects from June 2018 to May 2019
- Funding for one-time projects or events must be used within 60 days of receipt.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organization Requirements:

- Funding must be used in the Bryan-College Station area
- Agencies may be granted funds annually
- Must be a nonprofit agency with a tax-exempt 501(c) (3) status, in good standing with creditors and have been in operation at least 6 months
- A written report regarding use of donated funds must be received within three (3) months after receipt of funds
- Agencies must provide general liability insurance covering all Junior League volunteers during participation with agency. Insurance shall include Commercial General Liability, Non-Owned & Hired Automobile Liability and Volunteer Accident Medical Insurance, each in an amount not less than $1 million. 
- Projects currently supported by this League are ineligible for assistance
- This League reserves the right for on-site visits of the agency
- Proposals for Community Projects must be for agencies whose work will fall within the JLBCS focus of youth and children
- Requests cannot be considered for fundraising endeavors, individuals, sectarian religious projects, religious promotions or travel expenses
- Agency must have a local Board of Directors
- Junior League members involved with an agency should contact The Junior League of Bryan-College Station, Inc. regarding possible conflict of interest

Funding Criteria:

- The League provides funds for direct and indirect services to children and youth
- Requests for building, administrative, or personnel costs and endowments will not be honored
- Requests for funds must be accompanied by a request for volunteers
- JLBCS cannot fundraise for your organization
- Grants may be renewed by submitting a project proposal during the regular granting period
- Renewals are evaluated in the same pool as all other grant applications

Volunteer Placement Requirements:

- Requests may be made for volunteers only or for volunteers and funds
- A successful proposal has well-defined placements for League volunteers
- A placement is the task to be performed by the volunteer
- Each placement should provide adequate training for the volunteer
- Each project should present approximately 25-30 hours per volunteer
- Placements normally run from September to May or are concentrated in summer months from June to August (please be very specific as May is a transition month and it is sometimes difficult to have enough people to cover events)
- These hours may be achieved over a several week period with more frequent volunteer opportunities or over several months with less frequent opportunities
- Please be aware that May is a transitional month for the League which results in decreased volunteer availability

The following will be excluded from consideration for funding:

- Any agency associated with a specific political or religious group
- Travel or moving expenses
- Any expenses related to fundraising endeavors
- Requests for the sole benefit of an individual person
- Scholarships or tuitions
- Assistance in paying for seminars or conferences
- Staff salaries
- Incomplete applications will be returned and will not be considered

Pre-proposal Conference:

A Community Forum was held on August 10, 2017. See Attached Files below for a summary of the presentation.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for year-long project applications is Thursday, October 15, 2017 at 5:00 PM if mailed and 10:00 PM if emailed.

Done-in-a-Day projects are awarded throughout the year on an as needed basis (there is no deadline). Please note, however, that applications must be received 6-8 weeks before funding and volunteers are needed.

Year-long Community Projects for 2017-2018 Timeline:

- August 10, 2017 ​– Community Forum
- October 15, 2017​ – Proposal deadline for year-long projects
- October 2017 ​– Initial review of proposals (agencies not moving forward in the process will be notified)
- November - December 2017​ – Site visits and interviews by Community Grants committee
- January​ 2018 ​– Present findings to Community Council and Community Advisory Council
- February/March 2018 ​– Fine tune project proposals and present to the League’s general membership
- April/May 2018 ​– Agencies notified of final project status
- June 2018​ – ​Selected projects may begin programs

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email applications in Adobe PDF or Word format to

Or, mail to:

The Junior League of Bryan-College Station, Inc.
Attn: Community Grants
P.O. Box 2623
Bryan, Texas 77805

If you have any questions or need assistance in building your proposals, please contact the Community Grants Chair, Katie Zwahr, at the email address above.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Texas: Bryan-College Station area