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Each year, the Junior Service League of Grand Junction allocates funds raised through the Viva el Vino event and silent auction donations. Those funds are granted to various non-profit organizations in Mesa County that serve women, children and families in need. The JSL grant application for the local non-profits to request funds is generally advertised and available the beginning of July through mid-August. The JSL Community Giving Committee then meets several times to determine which organizations will receive funding. There are many worthy non-profit organizations in Mesa County, and the JSL Community Giving Committee considers their responsibility of making difficult decisions very serious. JSL developed a grant rating criteria and grading system to help the committee make informed and equitable decisions. After the selection process is complete and voted on, JSL awards the chosen grant recipients with the funds in December at a celebratory dinner. Please review the list of our past grant recipients.

If you are involved with a Mesa County non-profit and are interested in applying for funding, please send an email to grants@jslgj.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Community Giving Grant Guidelines

The Community Giving Program enables Junior Service League (JSL) of Grand Junction to support non-profit community organizations rendering services that enhance the quality of life for women, children, and families in Mesa County.

The GRANT GUIDELINES in conjunction with the GRANT APPLICATION explain which organizations are eligible to receive JSL funds. Please read the documents carefully and follow all instructions. Also, feel free to email the Committee Chair-person at grants@jslgj.com with any questions.

All grant requests will be carefully evaluated by JSL members of the Community Giving Committee, and all applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  1. All applicants must have at least a three-member Board of Directors.
  2. Applicants must have non-profit 501(c)(3) status with the IRS.
  3. All programs must have been operating for no less than two (2) years, by application deadline.
  4. Upon request, all applicants must be able to provide previous fiscal year financial statement (audited if available) in addition to current fiscal year budget.
  5. Requests should not exceed $10,000.00.
  6. All JSL funds must be used in Mesa County and primarily serve Mesa County residents.
  7. JSL will not accept requests from:
    • Sectarian/Religious programs designed specifically for their member’s benefit
      Individuals
    • Animal rights organizations, not excluding Animal Welfare
    • Federal, State or Local governments
    • Political groups / candidates
    • Media organizations
    • Trade associations
    • Fundraising drives
    • JSL’s own events
  8. JSL does not accept requests for:
    • Multi-year funding
    • Funding to cover operational costs only, no salary or employee costs
  9. JSL will NOT award more than one (1) grant per year to any organization, INCLUDING parent corporations or subsidiaries.
  10. Any JSL member serving on a Board of Directors or employed by an organization applying for a grant shall abstain from voting on a grant application in committee. In addition, said member must notify the Committee Chairperson of her position with the organization.
  11. Funds must be committed and used within one (1) year from date of receipt, i.e. funds awarded in December 2017 must be used by December 31, 2018.
  12. If funding is granted, JSL requires the receiving agency to submit a full progress report on the use of the money granted by DECEMBER 31st OF THE FOLLOWING YEAR. Failure to turn in this report will result in the organization possibly being ineligible for further consideration in any future years. A form/guideline is provided for this purpose.
  13. All applicants must complete the JSL Grant Application in full, including all supporting documents, by the deadline, WHICH IS August 15, 2017. –NOTE: Late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered for funding.

The members of the COMMUNITY GIVING COMMITTEE look forward to reading your application.

The Junior Service League’s Community Giving grant qualification guidelines require our grant recipients to complete a report detailing how they used JSL’s award.  The report must be received by the last day of the year for which the grant was awarded (for example the 2022 grant recipients, this form is due December 31, 2022.)  If an organization fails to comply with this requirement, they may be put on non-eligible status for any future grant cycles and may be required to return the money already awarded.  Please avoid any unnecessary complications by complying with this simple rule.  Also, please note that this verification process is necessary for JSL to maintain its non-profit status. 

Past Grant Recipients

2021
  • Western Colorado Dance Theater
  • Lower Valley Imagination Library
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates of Mesa County
  • Colorado Discover Ability
  • Clifton Christian Church Food Bank
  • Counseling & Education Center
  • Grand Valley Catholic Outreach
  • Grand Valley Equine Assisted Learning Center
  • Hilltop Community Resources, Inc.
  • Harmony Acres Equestrian Center
  • Hope of the Grand Valley
  • Kids Aid
  • Community Food Bank
  • Mesa County Partners
  • St. Mary’s Hospital Foster Grandparent Program
  • Mesa County RSVP
  • Mosaic
  • Western Slope Center for Children
  • Steppin’ It Up, Inc.
  • Riverside Educational Center
  • Roice-Hurst Humane Society
  • Walk4Life
  • Good Samaritan Clinic of Western Colorado
  • Community Hospital
2019
  • CASA of Mesa County
  • Clifton Christian Church Food and Clothing
  • Colorado Discoverability
  • Community Food Bank
  • Counseling and Education Center
  • EUREKA! McConnell Science Museum
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • Freedom & Responsibility Education Enterprise
  • Girl Scouts of Colorado
  • Grand Junction Imagination Library
  • Grand Valley Catholic Outreach
  • Harmony Acres Equestrian Center
  • Hilltop Community Resources, Inc
  • HOPE of the Grand Valley
  • Karis, Inc
  • Kids Aid
  • Mesa County Safety Council
  • Mosaic
  • St. Mary’s Hospital – Foster Grandparent Program
  • Steppin’ It Up, Inc
  • The Autism Task Force
  • The Thrift Shop of Fruita, Lower Valley Imagination Library
  • Western CO Area Health Education Center
  • Western Colorado Center for the Arts
  • St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation
2018
  • St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation
  • Hope of the Grand Valley
  • Karis, Inc.
  • Kids Aid
  • St. Mary’s Foster Grandparent Program
  • Steadfast Steeds
  • Steppin’ It Up, Inc
  • Strive
  • Western Colorado Area Health Education Center
  • Western Slope Center For Children
  • Wings and Warriors Western Slope
  • Belingual Kids
  • Clifton Christian Church Food and Clothing
  • Colorado Discover Ability
  • Community Food Bank
  • Counseling and Education Center
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (casa)
  • Dream Big Adaptive Watersports
  • Eureka! McConnell Science Museum
  • Fruita Thrift Shop’s Imagination Library
  • Girl Scouts of Colorado
  • Girls On the Run of Western Colorado
  • Good Samaritan Clinic
  • Grand Junction Imagination Library
  • Grand Valley Equine Assisted Learning Center
  • Grand Valley Public Radio Co Inc.
  • Grant A Wish
  • Harmony Acres Equestrian Center
  • High Desert Opera
  • Homewardbound of the Grand Valley
2017
  • Clifton Christian Church Food and Clothing
  • Colorado Discover Ability
  • Community Food Bank
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates of Mesa County
  • Fruita Thrift Shop’s Imagination Library
  • Girl Scouts of Colorado
  • Good Samaritan Clinic
  • Grand Junction Imagination Library
  • Grand Mesa Nordic Council
  • Grand Valley Equine Assisted Learning Center
  • Grant A Wish
  • High Desert Opera
  • High Country Aviation Workshop for Kids
  • First Presbyterian Church Grand Junction
  • Homeward Bound of the Grand Valley Inc
  • Hope of the Grand Valley
  • Kids Aid
  • Orchard Mesa Food Pantry
  • St. Mary’s Foster Grand Parent Program
  • Thunder Mountain Elementary
  • Western Colorado Area Health Education Center
  • Western Colorado Center for the Arts
  • Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation
2016
  • Clifton Christian Church Food and Clothing
  • Colorado Canyons Association
  • Colorado Discover Ability
  • Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association
  • Community Food Bank
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates of Mesa County
  • Fruita Thrift Shop’s Imagination Library
  • Grand Junction Imagination Library
  • Hilltop Community Resources Inc.
  • Hope of the Grand Valley
  • Hopewest
  • Karis Inc. dba Zoe House
  • Kids Aid
  • Marillac Clinic
  • Mesa Land Trust
  • Mesa Youth Services, Inc. dba Mesa County Partners
  • Riverside Educational Center
  • The Salvation Army
  • St. Mary’s Foster Grand Parent Program
  • Western Colorado Area Health Education Center
  • Western Colorado Center for the Arts
  • Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation
2015
  • Riverside Educational Center
  • Colorado National Monument Association
  • Marillac Clinic
  • Kids Aid
  • Community Food Bank
  • Grand Mesa Nordic Council
  • Colorado Riverfront Foundation, Inc.
  • The Salvation Army
  • Fruita Thrift Shop’s Imagination Library
  • Mesa County Partners
  • Grand Valley Catholic Outreach
  • Mesa Land Trust
  • Hilltop Community Resources, Inc.
  • Western Colorado Center for the Arts
  • Colorado Canyons Association
  • St. Mary’s Foster Grandparent Program
  • Clifton Christian Church Food and Clothing
  • Grand Junction Imagination Library
2014
  • Strive
  • Hilltop Community Resources, Inc.
  • Community Food Bank
  • Marillac Clinic
  • Kids Aid
  • Salvation Army
  • Ariel Clinical Services
  • Grand Junction Imagination Library
  • D51 Foundation
  • Mesa Land Trust
  • St. Mary’s Foster Grandparent Program
  • Fire Football Club
  • John McConnell Math and Science Center
  • Riverside Educational Center
  • Colorado National Monument Association
  • Desert Edge Therapy
  • Mesa County Partners
  • Fruita Thrift Shop and Imagination Library
2013
  • Kids Aid
  • Marillac Clinic Inc.
  • Riverside Educational Center
  • St. Mary’s Foster Grandparent Program
  • Western Colorado Center for the Arts dba the Art Center
  • Western Slope Center for Children
  • ARVD Heart for Hope
  • Community Food Bank
  • Desert Edge Therapy
  • District 51 Foundation
  • Fruita Thrift Shop’s Imagination Library
  • Grand Junction Imagination Library
  • Grand Valley Catholic Outreach
  • Hilltop Community Resources, Inc.
  • HopeWest
2012
  • Pro Bono Project of Mesa County
  • St. Mary’s Hospital Foster Grandparent Program
  • Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation
  • Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
  • Colorado National Monument
  • Community Food Bank
  • Desert Edge Therapy
  • Fruita Imagination Library
  • Grand Junction Imagination Library
  • Grand Valley Catholic Outreach
  • Hilltop Community Resources
  • John McConnell Math & Science Center
  • Karis, Inc.
  • Kids Aid
  • Mesa County Public Library Foundation
  • Mesa Developmental Services
2011
  • Kids Aid
  • Marillac Clinic
  • Mesa County Partners
  • Mesa Developmental Services
  • Riverside Educational Center
  • St. Mary’s Foster Grandparent Program
  • Strong Families Safe Kids
  • Western Colorado Botanical Gardens
  • Western Colorado Riverfront Foundation
  • Western Colorado Tamarisk Coalition
  • CASA of Mesa County
  • Child and Migrant Services
  • Colorado Discoverability
  • Colorado National Monument Association
  • Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association
  • Community Food Bank
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate
  • Desert Edge Therapy
  • Desert Edge Therapy
  • Girl Scouts of America
  • Girls on the Run
  • Grand Junction Imagination Library
  • Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra
  • Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado
  • Karis, Inc.
2010
  • Strong Families Safe Kids
  • Western Colorado Botanical Gardens
  • Western Colorado Riverfront Foundation
  • Colorado DiscoverAbility
  • Colorado National Monument Association
  • Community Food Bank
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)
  • Desert Edge Therapy
  • Girl Scouts of America
  • Girls on the Run
  • Mesa County Partners – Mentoring
  • Riverside Educational Center
2009
  • Colorado Discoverability
  • Colorado National Monument Assn
  • Girls on the Run
  • Grand Junction Housing Authority
  • Grand Valley Catholic Outreach
  • Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado
  • Mesa Developmental Services
  • Mesa Youth Services – Partners
  • Strong Families Safe Kids
2008
  • Mesa Developmental Services
  • Mesa Youth Services – Partners
  • Ariel Clinical Services
  • Bookcliff Barbershop Harmony Chorus
  • Colorado DiscoverAbility
  • Desert Edge Therapy, Inc.
  • Girls on the Run
  • Hilltop – Kiddin’ Around
  • Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado
  • Riverside Educational Center
  • St. Mary’s Foster Grandparents
  • St. Mary’s Regional Center
  • Tree House Youth Center
  • Western Colorado Math & Science Center
  • Western Slope Center for Children