when to apply


Our large grant program has two application periods per year.

Check our Grant Calendar for current dates and sign up for our mailing list to be notified of upcoming deadlines. 




1. Baseline Criteria

The JA Community Foundation is currently focusing our funding the JA community. Priority is given to programs and projects that focus on senior health and services, with second priority to history, arts and culture, and third priority to youth. All grantees are required to be registered 501c3 organizations.

2. Amount & Length of funding

JA Community Foundation grant sizes range from $5,000 to $50,000 for new projects or improvements to existing programs. Grants cannot be used for ongoing operating costs.
Organizations may apply for one-time or multi-year grants. For one-time grants, grantees may reapply for a new project if demonstrative goals were achieved. Multi-year grants are contingent on submitted project budgets and determined on a case-by-case basis. Grantees may not reapply for funding while a current grant is open.

3. grant Report Requirements

Large-grant reports will be due on your project end date. Reports must contain a summary description and photos. Receipts and itemized expenses may also be included. Reports shall contain the full project budget as proposed by the Grantee in its grant application, and the expenditure reporting shall contain the same expense categories as the budget proposed in the grant application. Additionally, an officer or other authorized responsible individual of Grantee shall review the grant report for financial reporting and verify the report by signing the report and indicating the date reviewed. In addition, when events that have a significant impact on the project occur before the scheduled reporting date, the JA Community Foundation should be notified immediately.

Grantees are required to submit a report of project accomplishments within one year after receiving the grant. For multi-year grants, continued funding is dependent on these progress reports. In order to apply for a new grant, your previous grant’s final report must be submitted and approved by us.

4. organizatioN information

  • History and Purpose of the organization.
  • Description of the project or program to be funded, including a needs statement and objectives.
  • Copy of the organization’s informational brochure and project brochure (if available.)
  • List of the corporations and foundations that provided funding to your organization in the previous year, along with their contribution amounts.
  • Roster of the organization’s board of directors, advisory board members, and administrative staff.

5. finacial information

  • Line-item budget for project to be funded
  • Organization’s current annual budget (revenues and expenditures); and
  • Organization’s most recent audited financial statement (if none, please provide organization’s most recent IRS Form 990)

6. restrictions

JA Community Foundation does not fund:

  • Individuals
  • Political parties, candidates, or partisan political organizations
  • An organization’s endowment
  • Labor organizations, fraternal organizations, athletic clubs, or social clubs
  • K-12 schools, school districts, or school foundations
  • Scholarships
  • Sectarian or denominational religious organizations, except where the organization demonstrates that their programs are broadly promoted, available to anyone, and free of religious orientation
  • Sports leagues or teams
  • JA Community Foundation reserves the right, at any time and in its sole and exclusive discretion, to amend the foregoing Large & Multi-Year Grant Application and Reporting Guidelines in a manner consistent with JA Community Foundation’s mission statement.