PROJECT CRITERIA

  1. Proposed community projects should address a community need that is directly related to the Junior League of Birmingham’s mission, community focus and belief statements.

    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.

    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.

  2. The mission of the community agency and of the agency’s proposed project must fall under one of four impact areas (Education, Health, Financial Stability and Safety & Crisis Intervention) and address one of the designated issues within the impact area.
  3. Project proposals must request volunteers as well as funding. It is recommended that projects have at least four to six volunteers.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. The JLB will only issue checks to the grant recipient as determined by the Community Research Committee and with whom we have a signed contract. No third party vendors will be paid. All vendors must have a W-9 on file to ensure we meet IRS requirements.