We are excited to announce our JLB Beeson Community Fund grant process is now open! 

2024 Timeline:
1st Round Application – Due March 1, 2024 by 11:59pm
Notification for 2nd Round – March 18, 2024
2nd Round Application – Due April 5, 2024 by 11:59pm
Final Decision Notification – May 6, 2024

1st Round Application – Our first round application is a one-page pdf submission to beesonfund@jlbonline.com, please click HERE to review and download the pdf.
2nd Round Application – Coming Soon!

Contact Information:
Martina Winston
Beeson Community Fund Committee Chair



Frequently Asked Questions 

What is the JLB Beeson Community Fund?

In 2001, the JLB received a generous gift from philanthropist Lucille Stewart Beeson. She bequeathed “The Charity Fund of the Junior League of Birmingham 4.3% of the net income” from her residual trust. She requested that the JLB use the funds to expand its charitable reach enabling a greater impact in the Birmingham community.

Who can apply for a JLB Beeson Community Fund Grant?

To be eligible for funding, your organization must be a 501(c)(3) and located within Jefferson and Shelby counties. Priority is given to projects/programs that align with the Junior League of Birmingham’s mission and promote systemic change within our community.

What is the average size of a grant request?

A grant request must be for at least $25,000, but the grant awarded may be for less than the requested amount. The JLB Beeson Community Fund receives grants ranging from single-year, $25,000 requests to much larger, multi-year requests.

What’s the difference between the JLB’s Community Research Process and the JLB’s Beeson Community Fund?

JLB’s Community Research Process:  Each year, organizations can request trained volunteers – along with funding – for specific projects through the JLB’s Community Research process.

JLB’s Beeson Community Fund: This grant awards only funds with no volunteer component. The committee is separate from the JLB’s Community Research process.

Can I apply for more than one grant?

Yes, however, an organization has yet to receive multiple Beeson grants in one year. An organization may also apply for both a Community Research grant and a Beeson Community Fund grant.

Can I re-apply for a grant I received in the past?


Can I apply for a multi-year grant?

Yes, if awarded, the grant must be fully distributed within three (3) years of grant approval.

What if I’m interested in applying, but not ready this year?

We would love to talk with any agency that has a project/program that would fit within our mission but is not ready for the 2024 timeline. Please reach out to Martina Winston, Beeson Community Fund Committee Chair, bessonfund@jlbonline.com

*Please note this process is for the 2024 Beeson Community Fund. The process for the 2024-2025 League year (June 2024-May 2025) will be shared at a later time.