Community Grants Program

Community grants are given in response to critical community needs to fund new programs, specialized training, capital expenditures and general operating funds. For the 2017-2018 League year, the Junior League of Palo Alto•Mid Peninsula (JLPA•MP) will consider grant requests from $5,000 to $30,000.

Eligible applicants must have tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. They must also utilize volunteers or be in the process of developing a volunteer program. Programs requesting funding must fit with our overall mission and a portion of the grant must have the potential to benefit individuals or groups within the JLPA•MP service area.

Mission: The Junior League of Palo Alto•Mid Peninsula is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, development the potential of women and improving communities through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

Focus Area: The JLPA•MP is empowering girls to be the STEAM leaders of tomorrow through strategic grant-making, coalition building and by partnering with local and national nonprofits on projects for direct service, capacity building and advocacy.

Service Area: The Junior League of Palo Alto•Mid Peninsula, Inc. serves the Peninsula communities of Atherton, Belmont, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Carlos, Stanford, Sunnyvale and Woodside.

Applying for a Grant

Grants are typically reviewed once a year, culminating with grants awarded in May. Our Community Development Committee may consider grants at other times of the year on an emergency basis. For more information, please contact the Community Development Committee.

Recent Giving

2017 Grants

In May 2015, the League provided funding to our long-time partner The Tech Museum of Innovation to establish Girls Day @ The Tech a new program focused on engaging girls with STEAM education. Girls from the Peninsula are transported to The Tech, where they will participate in hands-on workshops, interact with exhibits and hear from women working in tech today. League members will also aid in establishing The Tech's Girls Day @ The Tech Committee, which will help provide future community and financial support for the museum.

3 Grants were given out during the 2015-2016 League year. The first grant of $11,000 was awarded to the Encinal Elementary School for their Charlie Cart Project. Second grant was awarded to the Mouse Squad of California for $10,000. Lastly the third grant was awarded to The Tech Museum of Innovation for $10,000. 

In 2014, the JLPA•MP gave $50,000 in community grants to 11 local nonprofits.  

A Legacy of Giving

Click here for a list of the nearly 200 local nonprofit organizations the JLPA•MP has supported with grants since 1965.