when to apply


Mini-grants are available during much of the year and are independent of our large grant cycle. Funding is for projects that need $5,000 or less.

An organization can apply for a mini-grant once per calendar year during open application times.

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



The purpose of mini-grants is to fund projects that may be small in scale and short term, but that fall outside of our annual or multi-year funding cycle. With quicker turnaround times and smaller grant amounts, our mini-grants can have a meaningful impact on a broader range of nonprofits.

1. Baseline Criteria

The JA Community Foundation is focusing our mini-grant funding on the JA community. All grantees will be required to be registered 501c3 organizations. Grants are not limited to senior programs; rather mini-grants are open to all JA projects and initiatives including youth oriented programs. Some examples of mini-grants might be: equipment purchases, staff training, guest speaker funding, building repairs, supplies, and one-time event funding.

2. Grant Amount

Mini-grants are for projects up to $5,000. Grants cannot be used for ongoing operating costs. Mini-grants are contingent on submitted project budgets and determined on a case-by-case basis. Grantees may apply for a mini-grant even though a current large grant is open. Grantees can apply for a mini-grant once per calendar year. A decision on mini-grant applications can be expected within 3 to 6 weeks, and a check issued within one week, if approved.

3. NonProfit 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.

4. finacial information

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

5. Reporting Requirements

Grantees are required to acknowledge receipt of all grant checks upon receipt. Grantees are required to submit a report of project accomplishments on or before the project end date.

In addition, after receiving a grant, when events that have a significant impact on the project occur before the scheduled reporting date, we should be notified immediately. Reports are required to contain the full project budget as proposed by the Grantee in its grant application and the same expense categories as the budget proposed in the grant application. An officer or other authorized responsible individual of Grantee is required to review the grant report for financial reporting and verify the report by signing the report and indicating the date reviewed.

Should Grantee fail to acknowledge receipt of a grant check and/or timely submit any grant report, the following procedures and penalties shall be applied: (i) The Foundation shall notify the Grantee in writing (the “Notice”). Grantee shall have thirty (30) days from the date of the Notice in which to submit the grant report and/or acknowledge receipt of the check, as the case may be. Grantee shall be restricted from applying for another grant for one (1) year after acknowledgement of receipt of payment and/or after submission of the report, whichever is later; (ii) Should Grantee fail to acknowledge receipt of the grant check and/or submit the grant report, as the case may be, within thirty (30) days from the date of the Notice, Grantee shall be restricted from applying for another grant for two (2) years after acknowledgement of receipt of payment and and/or after submission of the report, whichever is later.

6. restrictions

We do 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