Community Funding

The Junior League of Duluth (JLD) funds and supports initiatives that complement its mission and vision, and addresses community need by focusing on our membership-selected impact area: food insecurity.

Community Funding Process

The Junior League of Duluth provides funding to a number of local agencies and organizations that fit within our vision and mission. We welcome all submissions from area organizations.

In 2020, Junior League of Duluth granted over $52,000 to support the work of other non-profits in the Twin Ports.

Eligibility:

  • JLD provides financial support to registered 501(c)(3) non-profits serving the Twin Ports area

Area of Focus:

The Junior League of Duluth (JLD) funds and supports initiatives that complement its mission and vision and addresses community need by focusing on our membership-selected impact area: food insecurity

Policies & Guidelines:

  • The Junior League of Duluth fiscal year begins July 1. We make financial gifts annually.
  • Applications must be submitted via the online Project Proposal Form.
  • Requests are reviewed based on the application criteria, including alignment with the mission of Junior League, connection to the selected impact area of food insecurity, and meeting the submission deadline.
  • JLD believes in placing trained volunteers in our community. Preference will be given to projects that include a JLD volunteer component.
  • Preference will be given to requests for materials, supplies, and programming items.
  • Requests will be reviewed and organizations will be notified in March with funds dispersed in April.
  • Applications will receive a reply stating whether or not an award has been granted. Please note application deadlines and process timeline described above. Other correspondence soliciting donations will be read and considered, however only official applications are guaranteed a response.
  • JLD requests that grant recipients submit a project update within one year of receiving grant funds. Selected sections of the Minnesota Common Report Form are required for the project update. JLD will contact grant recipients with instructions.

Questions can be directed to community@juniorleagueduluth.org

Thank you for your interest in partnering with the Junior League of Duluth.

Recent Grants Awarded:

2020:

  • CASDA – $2,000 for meals and snacks for the shelter program
  • CHUM – $5,000 to stock the food shelf with fresh produce
  • Community Action Duluth – $5,000 for Power of Produce Club and EBT match program
  • Lake Superior Community Health Center – $2,975 for stocking the patient pantry with food and hygiene products
  • The Damiano Center – $3,000 for produce and dairy products for the Community Kitchen
  • Duluth Community School Collaborative – $3,000 for meals and snacks to provide at school programs
  • Family Forum, Inc – $1,000 for preschool nutrition program
  • PAVSA – $2,000 for kits of non-perishable foods to distribute to survivors and for food to provide support group attendees
  • Life House – $3,630 for outdoor planter project
  • Boys & Girls Club of the Northland – $2,000 for the Healthy Meals Program
  • North Country Ride – $2,500 to fund horse feeding needs
  • Great Lakes Aquarium – $2,000 to support the Bus Fund program
  • Duluth Community Garden Program – $5,000 to support communal garden program
  • Duluth Farmers Market – $2,000 for funding staff & terminal supplies
  • Leadership Duluth – Duluth Opioid – $500 for milestone gifts

Additional funding was granted to support hunger relief efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Life House – $500
  • Damiano Center – $2,000
  • Second Harvest – $3,000
  • AICHO – $500
  • CHUM – $2,000
  • Ruby’s Pantry – $1,000
  • Boys & Girls Club – $2,000

 2019:

  • CHUM – $3,500 for the gardening program at the Steve O’Neil Apartments
  • Duluth Community School Collaborative – $3,500 for gardening programs and health-related activities in the Duluth Public Schools
  • Life House – $1,500 for the Meals in A Bag Program and the Farm Food CSA
  • Community Action Duluth/Seeds of Success – $4,000 for the Seeds of Success program to increase access to healthy, locally grown or produced food by continuing to operate farmers markets and by offering youth free fruit and/or vegetables through the Power of Produce (PoP) Club.
  • PAVSA – $2,500 to provide nutritious foods and snacks to clients.
  • Center Changing Lives – $4,920 to purchase Ruby’s Pantry shares and supplemental groceries for youth who have been homeless.
  • Armory Arts & Music Center – $1,000 for snacks, rent, and instructors’ wages.
  • The Boys & Girls Club of the Northland – $2,000 for the 2019 Healthy Meals Program
  • Damiano Center – $3,000 for food served at the Community Kitchen
  • Safe Haven – $5,000 to purchase a sanitizer
  • Duluth Area Family YMCA – $2,500 to support the weekend backpack program at the Harbor Heights Community Center