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COMMUNITY PROJECT CYCLE 2017 – 2018 (JUNE-MAY):

Application Deadline September 2, 2016
Decision Finalized 2nd Quarter 2017
Funds Disbursed Installment payments in 2017-18 based on Outcomes Measurements
League Commitment Financial and Volunteer Support
Additional Information Project may begin as early as June 2017
Summer concentrated projects are an option


Community Projects Timeline for 2017-2018 Applications

AUGUST 9: Informational community partner breakfast

SEPTEMBER 2: Applications due

SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER: Community Projects and Development (CPD) committee conducts site visits, holds weekly/bi-weekly committee meetings to discuss projects

NOVEMBER: Vote as a committee on 2017-2018 projects, present recommendations to Community Council for vote, present First Reading to Board

JANUARY:  Present to Finance Council, take all recommendations back to Board for vote, present First Reading for 2017-2018 projects to general membership

FEBRUARY:  Voting Meeting of JLC general membership

APRIL: Placement Fair- JLC members sign-up for committee placements, including community projects

MAY: Notification given to approved 2017-2018 projects


Community Project Development (CPD) Leadership

Junior League Board Contacts

 

COMMUNITY PROJECTS – DESCRIPTION AND SELECTION CRITERIA

The proposed project should:

  1. Combat hunger and homelessness in one or more of the communities in Charleston, Berkeley or Dorchester counties.
  2. Identify a project goal that includes both significant volunteer participation from League members and a monetary contribution from the JLC.  Project goal may include a volunteer only commitment.
  3. Involve well-defined volunteer opportunities that will be performed and funded within a specific time frame, commencing no sooner than June 1, 2017, and ending no later than May 31, 2018.
  4. Provide for collaboration between the Junior League of Charleston, Inc., and one or more registered 501(C)(3) nonprofit organizations in good standing with the Office of the South Carolina Secretary of State.
  5. Detail a project plan that includes:
    • Specific details of how the proposed project will combat hunger and homelessness
    • Goals and objectives of the project
    • Anticipated tasks needed to accomplish those goals, including number of volunteers, hours, and description of volunteer tasks and training requirements, if any
    • A project timeline
    •  Plan for measuring the impact of the project
    • A thorough budget encompassing all aspects of the project, as well as additional revenue requirements above the Junior League’s commitment and anticipated sources of that additional revenue
    • A specific person or team of people in your organization who will work with a Junior League representative to organize and implement the project and who will provide assessment of the project to the Junior League
    • A copy of your organization’s most recent audited financial statement
    • A brief summary statement of past projects undertaken in collaboration with the Junior League of Charleston, if any
    • A brief summary statement regarding your organization’s experience in other collaborations with local nonprofits, including how those experiences have affected your expectations for future partnerships
    • What your organization expects the Junior League of Charleston to bring to this project

All selected projects will be thoroughly reviewed by the Junior League members serving on the Community Project Development Committee in the normal course of project selection. A Junior League member may contact you to discuss the proposed project in greater detail or to arrange a site visit to your organization. We appreciate your cooperation during this process.   The Junior League will evaluate project proposals based on the following criteria:

  1. Connection of project proposal to the goal of combating hunger and homelessness in the Tri-county area.
  2. Inclusion of a significant volunteer component, including description of volunteer tasks and level of commitment ( # hours), days and times volunteers are needed.  Please note our members are available for volunteering at various times, but projects with a weekday evening or weekend day volunteer component are most likely to be successful.
  3. Clarity of the goals and objectives of the project; including a timeline outlining tasks necessary to accomplish project goals and  objectives, and an identified contact person(s) to work with the Junior League in carrying out the project.
  4. Strength of the plan for measuring the impact of the project.
  5. Depth of understanding about what the Junior League can bring to the project.
  6. Demonstrated past experience collaborating with non-profits, including the Junior League of Charleston if applicable.
  7. Strength of description about how requested funding will be used to fulfill project goals and objectives. The committee will consider how funding request fits into total amount of funding available for multiple projects.

Click here to download the 2017-18 Junior League Project Application.

Proposals may be submitted:

Questions regarding community projects or the application process should be directed to communityprojects@jlcharleston.org

 


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q:  What does the League do in the community?
A: The Junior League of Charleston, Inc., combats hunger and homelessness in the Charleston area through projects  with community partners selected annually through a formal project proposal process.  The membership voted in 2009 to adopt this focus for the League’s community financial support and volunteer hours.

Q. Does JLC grant funds that will then be re-granted?
A. No (we would give directly, if that were the case).

Q. May funds be used for salaries?
A. Yes – although we prefer to see majority of funds used directly for goods and services provided by the applying agency.

Q. What is the maximum amount of financial assistance that can be awarded?
A.  Projects are typically funded in the $2,000-$10,000 range.

Q. When are most Junior League volunteers available?
A. The majority of Junior League members work outside the home, so evening and weekend hours are preferred.