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Grants to Birmingham, Alabama Organizations
for Health, Education, Financial, and Safety Programs

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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Junior League of Birmingham

Conf. Date:

09/19/18

Deadline Date:

10/12/18 4:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to Birmingham, Alabama organizations for health, safety crisis and intervention, education, and financial stability programs. Proposals must include a request for four to six volunteers in addition to funding. Proposed projects should align with the mission of the Funding Source:

Mission: The Junior League of Birmingham, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the communities through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

Community Focus: The Junior League of Birmingham believes that proactive involvement in the health, education and well-being of women and children strengthens the quality of family life.

Belief Statements: The Junior League of Birmingham believes that the following four impact areas and the defined issues within each are fundamental to the overall well-being of a community and its individuals: education, health, financial stability, and safety and crisis intervention.

Policy Statement: The League does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, religion, or national origin, and reaches out to women of all races, religions, and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and a commitment to voluntarism. Furthermore, all meetings and functions of the League shall be held at facilities that do not discriminate against women or on the basis of race, creed, religion, or national origin.

Community Research seeks partnerships with agencies that offer placement opportunities that average at least 35-40 hours per volunteer for a minimum of 4-6 volunteers. In addition, Community Research looks for opportunities that provide its members with flexibility; i.e., weekdays, evenings, and weekends.

Volunteers must be utilized in quality positions that will allow for the volunteer to give 35-40 hours of community service. Volunteer time commitment includes time for travel, training, preparation, direct service and evaluation.

Education

The Junior League of Birmingham believes that all individuals deserve a quality education and the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to achieve their potential and be fully developed, productive individuals. The Junior League of Birmingham believes success in school depends upon emotional, physical, social, and intellectual readiness to learn. The Junior League of Birmingham, therefore, is committed to developing, implementing, and supporting initiatives that address and accomplish the following:

The Junior League of Birmingham has dedicated 116 volunteers and $98,600 to these projects.

School Readiness – Improve the educational readiness and the first learning experiences of young children (ages 0-5 yrs).

Women and Children’s Literacy – Promote and improve literacy among women and children.

Success in School – Prepare elementary students to succeed in later grades and, subsequently, graduate from high school.

Financial Stability

The Junior League of Birmingham recognizes the importance of each individual’s economic security to the well-being of the community as a whole. The Junior League of Birmingham believes it is essential that each individual have the education, training, support services, and employment opportunities necessary to achieve financial stability and independence. The Junior League of Birmingham, therefore, is committed to developing, implementing, and supporting initiatives that address and accomplish the following:

The Junior League of Birmingham has dedicated 22 volunteers and $10,000 to these projects.

Job Readiness for Women – Prepare women for gainful employment and increase their opportunities to obtain financial stability.

Personal Finance Skills Training for Women – Enhance women’s financial literacy, ability to build savings, and gain assets.

Health

The Junior League of Birmingham recognizes that mental and physical health care education, access, and delivery are fundamental to the community’s well-being. Healthy children and adults are better able to learn and work productively. The Junior League of Birmingham believes preventive health care and healthy lifestyle choices are critical components of individuals overall health. The Junior League of Birmingham, therefore, is committed to developing, implementing, and supporting initiatives that and accomplish the following:

The Junior League of Birmingham has dedicated 220 volunteers and $131,700 to these projects. (Dollar amount does not include Project FIT Kids, Choral Group or Project Yummy)

Living Healthy for Women and Children – Promote healthy lifestyles through fitness, proper nutrition, and avoiding unhealthy choices and behavior.

Maternal Health and Infant Well-Being – Improve the quality, availability, and affordability of maternal and infant health educational materials, programs, and services.

Access to Health, Care, and Support for Women and Children – Increase access to affordable, quality health screenings, preventive health care resources, and/or support services for individuals and their families who have suffered a health crisis.

Safety and Crisis Intervention

The Junior League of Birmingham recognizes safety and crisis intervention as an integral factor of the well-being of our community. The Junior League of Birmingham believes prevention, preparedness, and readiness are critical to ensuring successful response and intervention regardless of the situation. The Junior League of Birmingham, therefore, is committed to developing, implementing, and supporting initiatives that address and accomplish the following:

The Junior League of Birmingham has committed 115 volunteers and $59,300 allocated to these causes. Dollar amount does not include Corps of Volunteers.

Domestic Violence – Improve the quality, availability, and affordability of educational materials, resources, and services that foster environments free from negligence, violence, and safety hazards.

Juvenile Crime – Promote risk-avoiding behavior among youths and/or intervention strategies that reduce the occurrence of juvenile crime.

Emergency and Disaster Relief – Provide emergency transitional support to women and children suffering from a disaster or safety crisis, and/or promote intervention strategies, emergency plans, and other efforts that mitigate the damages of women and children suffering from a disaster and/or safety crisis.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175293

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

JLB volunteers may not be asked to drive clients during project-related activities, solicit funds or services as representatives of the League for other non-profit agencies or plan/participate in another organization’s fundraiser for JLB placement credit.

JLB funds may not be used for newsletters/monthly publications/media items, fundraising efforts for other non-profits organizations, salary requests that are not essential to the success of the project and not tied to volunteer opportunities. Appropriate salary requests will only be funded up to 50% of the total grant request up to $10,000.

Pre-proposal Conference:

One informational agency session will be offered: Wednesday, September 19 at 11:00 AM. This informational session is designed to educate agencies about the JLB and its volunteers. Agencies who have never applied, have applied but never partnered with the JLB, or who have a new project idea are strongly encouraged to attend this session. The Informational Session will be held at the JLB building.

Pre-Application Information:

Project Timeline:
- The project proposal application will be available in early September 2018.
- Informational agency session: Wednesday, September 19 at 11:00 AM.
- Project proposal applications are due Friday, October 12, 2018 at 4:00 PM.
- October 2018 - February 2019: Committee review of all applications. All agencies will be notified of the final decisions by the end of February 2018.
- February/March 2019: Recommended projects are presented to Junior League of Birmingham membership and approved by the Executive Board.
- Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 8:30 AM: Community Circle Breakfast. This is a requirement for all agencies that are approved as a Community Project for the 2019-2020 League year. You will sign your contract at this meeting.

Contact Information:

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

If you would like to discuss your project idea or if you question whether your proposal fits within the guidelines, please contact:
Meghan Coffman, Community Research Chair
CommunityResearch@jlbonline.com

Junior League of Birmingham
2212 20th Ave. South
Birmingham, AL 35223
Phone: 205.879.9861
Fax: 205.879.9868

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama