Foundation / Corporation
Western Reserve Junior Service League
Grants to Ohio nonprofit organizations to meet a wide range of community needs in Geauga, Lake, and Ashtabula Counties. Funding may be used for programs that assist those with disabilities or medical needs, the economically disadvantaged, the elderly, children, and infants. Agencies that benefit or support the Service League safety services and arts and culture within the community may also apply for funding. The Service League also provides funding for animal welfare.
Service League promotes enrichment of educational, cultural and charitable service organizations of Lake County and surrounding communities by providing dedicated volunteers, financial support and proven leadership. The Foundation values commitment, honors tradition, fosters personal growth, expects accountability, shares accomplishments, cherishes friendships and proudly holds high standards in all of its endeavors.
GrantWatch ID#: 147671
Funds must be used within six months of the grant award.
Grants are accepted from 501(c) 3 tax exempt organizations with a 509 IRS designation residing in Lake, Ashtabula, and Geauga counties. Additionally, all public schools within Lake, Ashtabula and Geauga counties may apply. You cannot apply for funding if you received funding in the previous funding cycle. You must wait one year to apply again.
Certain organizations that are affiliated with a state or national organization may fall under the parent organization’s 501(c)3 group exemption. As an example, the Catholic Church uses the group exemption for all of its churches. Schools and civic organizations such as food pantries and the girl scouts are further examples.
The Grant application cannot include project costs which would be provided by/or paid to an internal employee of the organization (or parent organization) either directly or indirectly as a result of the project. Additionally, all project costs must be traceable to an actual purchase receipt or purchase order and funds must be used within 6 months of the grant award. As further clarification, the following costs are not allowable:
- Salaries, payroll taxes, or other employee expenses that would be paid directly or indirectly to an employee of the organization to complete the project.
- Service agreements
- Mileage or other travel expenses
- Fundraising direct or indirect expenses or costs
- Gift cards, gas cards or bus passes
Grant application may include labor costs, as long as services are being provided by an outside vendor. Examples of these costs include but are not limited to:
- Construction or repair
- Computer hardware and/or software or other installation costs
- Honorariums for speakers or training (as long as not provided by an employee)
Final decision regarding allowable and non-allowable expenses is at the discretion of the Community Research Committee and is subject to change without notice. Expenses which do not meet the grant qualifications will be deducted from the grant application amount.
Grant applications will now only be accepted via the online application.
Western Reserve Junior Service League provides two grant application periods each year.
Applications for the fall funding period will only be accepted July 1 – 31, 2018. Applications for the spring funding period will only be accepted December 1 – 31, 2018.
One or more committee members will be assigned to each accepted application for a grant interview. This interview is critical to the grant process and every effort should be made by the grantee to accommodate this process. Failure to complete the interview in a timely basis will disqualify the grant application from consideration.
Notification will occur in September for Fall Funding requests and in January for Spring Funding requests.
Approved grants for the fall funding period are awarded in November, and approved grants for the spring funding period are awarded in April.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
To apply online: http://wrjsl.org/grant-application-form/
Group Exemption Authorization Form: http://wrjsl.org/group-exemption-authorization-form/
Public School Non-Profit Certification Letter: http://wrjsl.org/public-school-non-profit-certification-letter/
For further information please contact:
USA: Ohio: Lake, Geauga, and Ashtabula counties