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Each year, The Junior League of Victoria, Texas, Inc. (or JLV), awards Community Assistance Funds (or CAF grants) to non-profit organizations in the Victoria community that meet the League's funding focus of promoting efforts to ensure that children and families have the opportunities necessary for physical, intellectual, emotional, mental, and economic well-being, as well as social growth.
CAF Grants are typically awarded in amounts up to $1,000. However, JLV member-sponsored CAF Grant applications may be awarded in amounts up to $1,500. In order to apply for a JLV member-sponsored CAF Grant, an organization must have a sponsor who is currently an Active or Sustaining Member within JLV and is also an active volunteer within the applicant’s organization.
Grants are made only to exempt organizations qualified under IRS Code 501(c)(3) and must be used for charitable, literary or educational purposes in accordance with IRS 501(c)(3) guidelines. Grants to organizations with a fiscal sponsor that is a qualified 501(c)3 organization will also be considered. Grants will not be given to individuals. Requests for the following will not be considered: (1) donations for annual fundraisers, (2) events that have already happened, and (4) organizations practicing discrimination. All grant funds must be expended for exempt purposes within Victoria County.
To be eligible for funding, an organization must submit the following:
Completed grant application form
Attachment A: IRS Determination Letter (or application for 501c(3) status, if pending)
Attachment B: Most Recent Form 990
Attachment C: Organization’s Current Operating Budget
Attachment D: Project Budget
All grant application forms and supporting documents must be typed and submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than January 31, 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.
If you have questions please contact Kiersten Stanzel, JLV Community Vice President (361-813-1401; email@example.com).
Devereux Birthday Parties
Devereux Victoria is part of the Devereux Foundation, the nation’s largest nonprofit behavioral healthcare system. Devereux’s treatment facilities specialize in treating children and adults experiencing a wide range of emotional, behavioral, developmental, and psychiatric disorders. JLV coordinates and facilitates quarterly birthday parties for the children who are residents at the Victoria Devereux location. Those children who have exhibited good behavior attend and play games, dress up, dance, do arts and crafts, and have special birthday snacks. It is quite a privilege and a truly heart-warming experience to work with these special children.
Project Esperanza - “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” Albert Einstein
Project Esperanza is the League’s mentoring program where JLV members serve as positive role models and mentors for young women at both Devereux Victoria and Mitchell Guidance Center (MGC), the disciplinary alternative education program within the Victoria Independent School District (VISD). JLV volunteers provide guidance to these at-risk youth on how to overcome past mistakes and provide lessons that will help the young women to grow and aid in building a foundation toward being successful adults. JLV volunteers provide these girls with a non-threatening social experience where they enjoy making crafts, are in a learning environment, are provided with snacks and rewarded for positive behavior. The Junior League of Victoria members make monthly visits to Devereux and bi-monthly visits to MGC. The League’s mentoring projects are successful and impact many young women in Victoria.
Woman Leaders of Tomorrow – WLOT Conference
In continuing with the League’s focus of mentoring female girls in Victoria, JLV partners with VISD and the Girl Scouts of the Golden Crescent in hosting and facilitating the Women Leader’s of Tomorrow Conference; impacting 250-300 freshman and sophomore girls within VISD. The conference is held yearly in May at the University of Houston-Victoria campus and attendees have the privilege to be uplifted and inspired by the keynote speaker, Vicki Clark, who brings boundless energy and immense laughter along with abundant audience participation. Following the opening presentation, the girls will spend the day attending breakout sessions geared towards teaching leadership skills, individuality along with cultural diversity, health and wellness, financial information and dressing for success. These young women are exposed to various employment and career opportunities as well as challenged to seize life’s opportunities.
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