Women building better communities, that's the Junior League of Summit (JLS).  We have been the driving force behind the types of initiatives and institutions that make our community a healthier, more vital place to live.  Junior League members reflecting a wide range of backgrounds, interests, and professional pursuits work together to identify unmet needs, forge effective coalitions, and work for change.  Time and time again, the Junior League is often one of the first organizations to tackle our community's biggest challenges.

The JLS is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.  With your collaboration, we continue to impact the lives of children and families in our service areas of Berkeley Heights, Chatham, New Providence, and Summit.

The League’s current focus is alleviating food insufficiency and providing community essentials within our service area.  This is an exciting initiative of which we hope you will be a part.  We have had great success over the past year with our fundraising efforts, and will therefore, be able to continue providing financial assistance to the community in the form of grants and scholarships.  This year, we will be awarding up to $25,000 in grants.  While there is no predetermined individual grant request cap, the grant fund is limited, and we will consider partial funding of projects. 

Requirements:  All Community Grant requests must meet the following criteria:

  1. Requesting organizations must provide documentation of 501(c)(3) or other tax-exempt status.
  2. We encourage the submission of applications for projects supporting food insufficiencies and providing community essentials.
  3. Organizations are limited to one grant during a fiscal year. 
  4. Funds are not available for individual scholarships or endowment funds.
  5. Funds are not available for general operating expenses (including salary, overhead, and rent) of established ongoing programs, except in instances when the ongoing program is related to supporting food insufficiencies and providing community essentials.

Criteria:  Grants awarded by the Junior League of Summit are intended to:

  1. Effect positive community change.
  2. Provide seed money for start-up programs and projects.
  3. Promote voluntarism through partnerships with local organizations and the JLS.
  4. Promote, when appropriate, collaboration among community groups.
  5. Support organizations whose volunteers include JLS members.
  6. Include a partnership opportunity for JLS volunteers to participate directly with the requesting organization to assist in implementing project(s) for which grant monies are awarded.

This year's deadline has now passed. Grant requests will be voted on by the JLS Board of Directors, and all applicants will be notified by January 30, 2018.  Grants will be awarded in March, 2018.

Please do not hesitate to contact the JLS office with any questions. We look forward to receiving your application!


Hallee Dangler, Chairwoman
JLS Community Assistance Committee
37 DeForest AvenueSummit, New Jersey 07901


Congratulations to last year's JLS grant recipients!

Over the years, the JLS has provided support to many community organizations through grants. This year the JLS awarded over $15,047.81 across eight organizations:

Summit Area YMCA, SHIP, Summit Community Programs, SAGE Eldercare, Calvary Episcopal Church, The Connection for Women and Families, Summit Speech School, and Wallce Chapel