MINI-GRANT

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

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 larger number and broader range of nonprofits.

Some examples of mini-grants might be:

  • equipment purchases
  • staff training
  • guest speaker funding
  • building repairs
  • supplies
  • one-time event funding

Mini-grants are independent of our large grant cycle. 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.

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.

Grant Amount

JA Community Foundation 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.

Reporting Requirements

Mini-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. 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.

Required Organizational 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.

Required Financial Information

  • Budget for project to be funded
  • Organization’s current annual budget (revenues and expenditures)
  • Organization’s most recent IRS Form 990

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
You can begin now by creating an account and entering in your agency information.

Mini-grants are available throughout most of the year and are independent of our large grant cycle. Grantees can apply for a mini-grant once per calendar year.  

We offer mini-grant funding for projects that need $5,000 or less.  Need a larger grant? Read guidelines and apply here:

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