Junior League of Pittsburgh, Inc.

Community Grants

2017 Community Partner Grant

To be considered for this grant, you must be applying for funding for a program that
works to combat food insecurity and hunger in children ages 0-12 years old in the East
End of Pittsburgh. Please click here for more information.

For our purposes the East End of Pittsburgh is defined by the following zip codes:
15201, 15206, 15207, 15208, 15213, 15217, 15218, 15219, 15221, 15224, 15232 and

The USDA defines food insecurity as the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally
adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in
socially acceptable ways. The USDA defines hunger as an individual-level physiological
condition that may result from food insecurity.

Grants must be used for programming. Proposals to fund general administrative costs
will not be considered.

Please note that as part of the determination process, the JLP may request additional information and/or view your IRS Form-990.

Important Information
RFP Issue Date: February 3, 2017
RFP Due Date: March 31, 2017
Notice of Award Date: April 30, 2017
Annual Meeting Award Date: May 31, 2017

Contact Person

Please return completed proposals by e-mail or mail using the information below:
Betsy Amato, R&D Committee Chair
Junior League of Pittsburgh
or mail to:
33 Terminal Way, Suite 531A
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1212

2015 Community Small Grant Recipients

In 2015, the Junior League of Pittsburgh awarded $6,800 in Small Community Grants to local not-for profit agencies who provide direct services to children ages 0-12 years.

These organizations and grant amounts included Jeremiah’s Place ($1,800), Gwen’s Girls ($2,500) and YWCA Greater Pittsburgh ($2,500). The Junior League selected these organizations because each is making an immediate impact on a gap within the community while also building resiliency in the community.

  • Jeremiah’s Place protects children and strengthens families by providing a safe haven of respite, health, renewal, and support for children and families during times of crisis. They strive to serve as a leading voice for child abuse prevention thereby transforming the community into a place that is safe, stable, and loving for all children. They have served 123 children, 79 families and over 5,000 hours of care on site since they opened doors on April 21, 2014. There are dozens of others who JP has triaged on the phone and connected with services to meet their needs if JP was not an appropriate fit for their situation.
    • The small community grant will be used to improve an extensive and manual intake process by implementing a digital system. An online system will streamline this process making it easier and relieving stress for the families they serve.
  • Gwen’s Girls helps to address the unique challenges faced by urban girls living in at-risk areas including poverty, drugs, and violence. The program is based on 10 Life Domains critical to a Girl’s development and future success: education, health and wellness, family life, life skills, leadership development, recreation, female awareness, community service, cultural enrichment and spirituality. 
    • The small community grant will help to provide girls with the knowledge and skills needed to resolve conflicts with peers and family members, using the Girl Talk Counts Project, a training provided by the Center for Victims of Violent Crimes.
  • YWCA Greater Pittsburgh works to empower women and their families, advocate for fair and equitable conditions, and challenge social and racial injustice. Today the YWCA forges a trail of leadership, advocacy, and action wherever it recognizes a community need.
    • The small community grant will help to educate 50 or more families on the importance of STEM education for the future of their young children; and introduce STEM learning to 29 preschool children. With the Discovering STEM program, the YWCA continues its mission to better prepare children for a future that involves STEM, boosting results on local PSSA testing and equipping students to succeed in school and in future, higher paying careers.

Junior League members will also be volunteering as needed with these organizations.

In addition to grant funding, there are opportunities to receive volunteer support from members of the Junior League. Grants have been awarded to applicants with programming that aligns with the Junior League of Pittsburgh’s mission and where monies will have the greatest impact. Awards will be given for program funding.

A grantee must have:

  • Potential for positive community impact for children ages 0 to 12 in the Pittsburgh region.
  • Demonstration of good management, fiscal responsibility and public accountability by the non-profit organization.

The Junior League of Pittsburgh’s Research and Development Committee are always looking for opportunities to collaborate with local organizations that align with the Junior League’s mission. For further information, please contact the Junior League of Pittsburgh’s Research & Development committee at research@jlpgh.org.