Community Assistance Grants

Community Assistance Grants (CAGs) provide nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status support to meet community needs within the current JLI focus area (preparing students for academic success). Unlike our Community Project partners, CAG recipients do not receive volunteer support from the JLI. Since 2000, more than $1,200,000 has been awarded to local organizations.

2016-2017 Community Assistance Grants Information

Please find the Community Assistance Grants 2016-2017 application posted here. Your organization may apply for either $25,000 or $5,000. The top 5 applicants in the $25,000 category will be invited to participate a “pitch competition” during the JLI’s December 8, 2016 general membership meeting. The JLI membership then votes to select the $25,000 grant winner and the four other organizations receive $10,000.  Please read carefully and fill out the application fully.  If you have any questions, please email

2015-2016 Community Assistance Grant Recipients

The Junior League of Indianapolis (JLI) has awarded $100,000 in Community Assistance Grants to local non-profit organizations for 2015-16. 

The JLI’s Community Assistance Grants provide critical funding to local non-profit organizations which work within the JLI’s interest area of preparing students for academic success. The JLI has awarded more than $1 million in Community Assistance Grants since 2000. 

During the JLI’s general membership meeting last night, five local non-profits participated in a “pitch competition” for a $25,000 grant.  Horizons at St. Richards Episcopal School won the competition. It will use the $25,000 to support 150 low-income children from Marion County so they can attend a safe, transformative, and rigorous educational summer school, tuition free. 

The four other “pitch competition” participants will each receive $10,000.  They are:

  • Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, to support the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s youth and family development program in increasing high school graduation rates through the discipline of studying music.
  • Visually Impaired Preschool Services of Indiana, to support home visits of up to 25 new visually impaired infants and toddlers and their families in to prepare families for preschool transition, as well as an office expansion.

  • Indianapolis Public Library Foundation, to support the “On The Road to Reading” program, which serves home and faith-based childcares in underserved neighborhoods. 

  • Starfish Initiative, to support the comprehensive Starfish Experience for economically disadvantaged Indianapolis Public School students.

“For nearly 100 years, our organization has played a key role in training volunteers and providing critical financial support to projects in our city,” said Michelle Study-Campbell, JLI president. “As we look ahead to our community’s future needs, we have determined that it is essential we focus on preparing our students for academic success, as it has a lasting impact on the vitality of our community.”

Seven other grant applicants will receive $5,000 each in funding. Those organizations are: 

  • Girls, Inc., to support experiential learning that recognizes the knowledge and experience each girl contributes and builds on her classroom success.

  • Teachers’ Treasures, to support energy saving upgrades that will promote organizational sustainability to an organization that provides school supplies to Marion County students.

  • John H. Boner Community Center, to support the Excellence, Discovery and Growth through Education (EDGE) afterschool and summer camp programs.

  • Assistance League of Indianapolis, to support K-6 public school students in need of basic essentials like coats, hats, gloves, uniforms, undergarments and hygiene items.

  • Arts for Learning, to support the “Math in Your Feet” initiative that helps young kinesthetic learners develop problem solving and math skills.

  • Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc., to support outdoor classrooms and environmental education clubs.

  • Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, to support its partnership with AYS to bring bicentennial social studies programming to five AYS sites.