JLS Grants

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 $50,000 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.


Special Request:  This year we are hoping to obtain key information from our community partners in an effort to identify community needs we may address for our next Junior League signature project.  At the end of the application, please find three additional questions that will help with this request.     

DEADLINE HAS NOW PASSED.  Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications electronically via e-mail to the JLS office at jlsofficemanager@gmail.comPlease note the deadline for all Community Grant applications is November 15, 2018.  Grant requests will be voted on by the JLS Board of Directors, and all applicants will be notified by January 30, 2019.  Grants will be awarded in March, 2019.

Please do not hesitate to contact the JLS office with any questions at 908-273-7349.  We look forward to receiving your application!


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


Congratulations to last year's JLS grant recipients!

The Junior League of Summit proudly announces that it has granted more than $50,000 to local community partners and agencies. “Our goal is to affect positive change through voluntarism by providing financial and member support to non-profit organizations serving Summit and the surrounding communities.” said Liz Dutkewych, JLS President, “We are thrilled to be able to grant over $50K this year to 15 local organizations that align with our focus area and are making our community a happier, healthier, and overall better place.”

The 2018 grant recipients include: 

  • Bridges (supplying up to 600 qualifying Summit students with backpacks & school supplies for the 18-19 school year);
  • Chatham Emergency Squad (funding the purchase of two handheld 2-way radios); 
  • CivicStory (funding a pilot program assessing videos for classroom use to incorporate civics education through environmental science, creative arts, and humanities);
  • Community Service Association of New Providence (funding grocery store gift cards for families in need);
  • The Connection (supporting the Pathways Financial Assistance Fund for uninsured women with cancer);
  • Family Promise (providing JLS Better Food Bags distributed at 2 Community Health Fairs); 
  • Good Grief (supporting 222 families with food and supplies through 5 Nights of Support for an entire year at Morristown-based center);
  • Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss (funding 1 family for a year of Night of Support and training for 20 adult volunteers);
  • MUJC (funding for food, cooking utensils, and supplies to support “Building Community through Caring” program); 
  • Our House, Inc. (funding autistic volunteers to make baked ziti platters and deliver to GRACE’s refrigerator);
  • Overlook Foundation (funding insulin and other medications for HealthStart Clinic patients);
  • Reeves-Reed Arboretum (funding “hands on” Square Foot Gardening Workshops for children and adults for a year);
  • SAGE Eldercare (funding for Meals on Wheels program);
  • Summit Area YMCA (funding 125 backpacks over a 32 week period to children in need through the Family Backpack Pilot Program); and
  • Summit Community Programs (funding one year of healthy snacks and education for Share the Fun Club after-school program.