The Junior League of Miami, Inc. is now accepting applications for community projects for the 2017-2018 League year (September 2017 – April 2018). Annually, the Junior League of Miami provides volunteers and funding for community projects that fit within its mission and focus areas.
The Junior League of Miami, Inc. 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. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
Families at risk, with projects and activities involving homelessness, family violence, children’s and women’s health, early childhood development and foster care.
Each year, the Junior League of Miami, Inc. matches League member volunteers and funding with Community Projects selected in accordance with the eligibility criteria set out below. Each Community Project can expect between 5 and 20 League volunteers and funding up to $10,000. Each League volunteer serving on a Community Project placement is expected to devote 2 to 4 hours each month to the Community Projects. League volunteers are not intended to fill existing organizational or agency staffing needs, nor to take part in any fund-raising activities. Each Community Project term is typically from September through April. The League may support a Community Project for up to 3 years, however the organization must reapply each year.
Organizations whose Community Projects are selected will sign a contract with the Junior League of Miami, Inc. This contract requires the organization to indemnify, release and hold harmless our volunteers and the League and to add the League and its volunteers to any insurance coverage. It also requires disclosure and accountability on the use of League funds. The Junior League of Miami, Inc. reserves the right to terminate its contractual relationship with any Community Project.
Done In A Day (DIAD) is intended to respond to community needs by providing Junior League of Miami, Inc. volunteers and some supplies to complete a project within one day. DIAD projects allows for support of community projects that may not have a need for League volunteers on an ongoing basis. Various dates will be set throughout the year for these DIAD events. If your organization is in need of a service project please download the application here. Applications will be considered as they meet our requirements. DIAD projects should be set between September 1 and April 30. Completed applications can be emailed to DIAD@jlmiami.org.
All eligibility criteria must be met for an application to be considered:
• Community Projects must fall within the League focus area described above.
• Applying organizations must have 501(c)(3) status and must be registered with the Department of Agriculture to solicit funds in Florida.
• All funds and volunteers hours for Community Projects must be for the benefit of a Miami-Dade County project.
• League funds may NOT be used for:
o Capital costs
o Operational expenses
o Tuition or individual scholarships
o Religious or political activities
1. All Community Project applications undergo an initial review by the Program Development Committee.
2. Potential Community Projects selected from the initial review are submitted to the Junior League of Miami Board of Directors for approval.
3. Semi-finalists for Community Projects may be asked to make a project presentation in late January.
4. Final selection of Community Projects is by vote of the members of the League at its March General Membership Meeting.
Deadline for submissions is 5:00 PM Tuesday, November 29 2016. You may complete the Community Project Application ONLINE, or mail your completed application to 713 Biltmore Way, Coral Gables, FL 33134, Attention: Program Development.
The Cover Letter
A one-page cover letter, written on the organization’s letterhead, addressed to the Junior League of Miami and signed by the organization’s CEO, Executive Director or President. The cover letter must include:
1. A concise summary of the organization and proposed Community Project
2. The exact number of volunteers and the exact amount of funding requested.
The narrative shall consist of no more than 5 typed pages with separately captioned headings that discuss:
1. The Organization
Please describe the applicant organization, including year of inception, mission, current major programs, the population it serves, the number of paid full-time and part-time staff, and the number of current volunteers.
2. The Proposed Community Project
Please describe the what, where, how and when of the proposed Community Project. Please include the need for this Community Project, the involvement, if any, of other organizations in the proposed Community Project. League involvement in the Community Project will begin in September. Specify how the organization will show if the project has met its stated goals and objectives.
3. The Role of the League Volunteers
Please describe the role of the League volunteers in the proposed Community Project. Include a description of the specific task, location, times and flexibility, if any, for the volunteer work.
4. The Budget
Please present a line-item budget reflecting all expenses and funding sources for the project and identify clearly how the Junior League of Miami’s funds will be used. For project income, indicate what has been received and what is pending. If security screenings are required, a separate line item must be shown in the budget for this purpose, and the security level clearly disclosed in the application.
5. The Future
The Junior League of Miami is interested in creating the momentum for Community Projects to sustain themselves once the League completes its commitment to that Community Project. Please describe the anticipated impact the League will make on the proposed Community Project and how it is anticipated that the Project will continue after the League completes its commitment.
List the names, telephone numbers and addresses of three people outside the organization who have worked with your organization or who are knowledgeable about the organization.
In addition to the cover letter and the narrative, the following must be submitted:
1. An IRS letter setting forth the organization’s tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3).
2. A copy of the organization’s registration with the Florida Department of Agriculture for solicitation as a charitable organization.
3. A list of the organization’s current Board Members.
4. A copy of the organization’s current fiscal year operating budget.
5. A copy of the organization’s most recent tax return and audit.
For more information, please contact ProgramDevelopment@jlmiami.org