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 click on the grant guidelines tab to see if your organization qualifies, or send an email to [email protected]  We look forward to hearing from you!

Our 2019-2020 grant applications are now closed. We will open our application process next year from July 2020 to August 2020.

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 [email protected] with any questions.

Community Giving Grant Guidelines

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
  • 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
  1. JSL does not accept requests for:
    Multi-year funding
    Funding to cover operational costs only, no salary or employee costs
  2. JSL will NOT award more than one (1) grant per year to any organization, INCLUDING parent corporations or subsidiaries.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.


2017  Clifton Christian Church Food and Clothing 2500
2017  Colorado Discover Ability 3500
2017  Community Food Bank 4500
2017  Court Appointed Special Advocates of Mesa County 1000
2017  Fruita Thrift Shop’s Imagination Library 1000
2017  Girl Scouts of Colorado 1000
2017  Good Samaritan Clinic 2000
2017  Grand Junction Imagination Library 2000
2017  Grand Mesa Nordic Council 2000
2017  Grand Valley Equine Assisted Learning Center 1700
2017  Grant A Wish 2000
2017  High Desert Opera 1000
2017  High Country Aviation Workshop for Kids 1000
2017  First Presbyterian Church Grand Junction 1800
2017  Homeward Bound of the Grand Valley Inc 2000
2017  Hope of the Grand Valley 4000
2017  Kids Aid 1500
2017  Orchard Mesa Food Pantry 2500
2017  St. Mary’s Foster Grand Parent Program 2500
2017  Thunder Mountain Elementary 1500
2017  Western Colorado Area Health Education Center 2000
2017  Western Colorado Center for the Arts 2000
2017  Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation 5000
2016 Clifton Christian Church Food and Clothing 3000
2016 Colorado Canyons Association 2000
2016 Colorado Discover Ability 3000
2016 Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association 1500
2016 Community Food Bank 3000
2016 Court Appointed Special Advocates of Mesa County 1000
2016 Fruita Thrift Shop’s Imagination Library 500
2016 Grand Junction Imagination Library 500
2016 Hilltop Community Resources Inc. 1000
2016 Hope of the Grand Valley 2000
2016 Hopewest 1500
2016 Karis Inc. dba Zoe House 2000
2016 Kids Aid 1500
2016 Marillac Clinic 2000
2016 Mesa Land Trust 2500
2016 Mesa Youth Services, Inc. dba Mesa County Partners 1000
2016 Riverside Educational Center 2500
2016 The Salvation Army 2000
2016 St. Mary’s Foster Grand Parent Program 1500
2016 Western Colorado Area Health Education Center 2000
2016 Western Colorado Center for the Arts 1500
2016 Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation 2000
2015 Riverside Educational Center 1000
2015 Colorado National Monument Association 2000
2015 Marillac Clinic 2500
2015 Kids Aid 1600
2015 Community Food Bank 5000
2015 Grand Mesa Nordic Council 5000
2015 Colorado Riverfront Foundation, Inc. 2500
2015 The Salvation Army 2500
2015 Fruita Thrift Shop’s Imagination Library 1000
2015 Mesa County Partners 1000
2015 Grand Valley Catholic Outreach 1500
2015 Mesa Land Trust 3500
2015 Hilltop Community Resources, Inc. 2400
2015 Western Colorado Center for the Arts 1000
2015 Colorado Canyons Association 5000
2015 St. Mary’s Foster Grandparent Program 1500
2015 Clifton Christian Church Food and Clothing 5000
2015 Grand Junction Imagination Library 1000
2014 Strive 5000
2014 Hilltop Community Resources, Inc. 2910
2014 Community Food Bank 2500
2014 Marillac Clinic 2500
2014 Kids Aid 2500
2014 Salvation Army 2500
2014 Ariel Clinical Services 2500
2014 Grand Junction Imagination Library 2485
2014 D51 Foundation 2000
2014 Mesa Land Trust 2000
2014 St. Mary’s Foster Grandparent Program 2000
2014 Fire Football Club 1500
2014 John McConnell Math and Science Center 1150
2014 Riverside Educational Center 1000
2014 Colorado National Monument Association 1000
2014 Desert Edge Therapy 955
2014 Mesa County Partners 865
2014 Fruita Thrift Shop and Imagination Library 500

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 2014 grant recipients, this form is due December 31, 2015.)  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. Click below to download the Grant Tracking Form.

Grant Tracking Form