Discretionary Fund

We're pleased to announce the 2013/2014 Discretionary Fund is now open for applications!

A Discretionary Fund was established by the JLHB in 1977 to provide modest financial support to other organizations whose needs and programs align with the Junior League Mission of developing the potential of women, promoting voluntarism and improving the community. Tax-exemp,  non-profit, registered charitable organizations providing special services, education or programming for children and youth, the elderly or for women's issues may be eligible for a JLHB grant.

The JLHB invites qualifying organizations, located within the Region of Halton or City of Hamilton, to apply. 

Completed Application Form Discretionary Funds must be received up to and including March 31, annually.  Applications can be submitted by fax to 905-525-4996, e-mailed to info@juniorleague.ca or mailed to the JLHB office at 1424 Plains Rd. W., Burlington, ON L7T 1H6.

The funds will be disbursed in May of each year. 

JLHB Discretionary Fund Guidelines:
Qualifying donees are those specified by the Canadian Revenue Agency
 Geographic borders for grants shall be with the City of Hamilton and Region of Halton
 Request for funds must address a need in the areas covered by the JLHB Mission
 Initiatives must include the use of volunteers (not necessarily JLHB members)
 Initiatives must be in areas of special services, education, children and youth, the elderly or women's issues
 Initiatives must relate to the purpose of the Junior League which is educational and charitable
 Request for funds must be presented in a written proposal that includes a completed Discretionary Fund application form, or all the pertinent information contained therein
 Applications must be submitted before March 31st of each year 
 Discretionary Funds will be disbursed in May of each year
 Discretionary Fund recipients are requested to provide some recognition or publicity in connection with the receiving of funds from the JLHB
 Discretionary Fund recipients will provide the JLHB with a written evaluation six months after the funds have been disbursed

Please note:
 The JLHB Discretionary Fund does not support annual programs such as scholarships. Christmas funds, membership drives, etc; Sectarian, religious, partisan or political purposes are not eligible for consideration.
 The JLHB Discretionary Fund does not provide loans or grants to individuals.

Under special circumstances, the JLHB Community Impact Team may make a recommendation to waive a guideline.

The amount allocated to the League's Discretionary Fund Program is determined by the JLHB Board of Directors and varies annually.  After the submission deadline, the Community Impact Team of members reviews all applications and submits their recommendations to the Board of Directors for approval at the April Board Meeting. In May 2014, funds will be disbursed.

Established to help shape a strong and vibrant community,  over 200 community initiatives have been supported with over $165,000 of JLHB Discretionary Funds.

"Thank-you for your generous contribution to the work of the Compassion Society. Through your partnership in this work Compassion Society is able to provide food, clothing and referrals to over 1,000 individuals and families in need on a monthly basis.  Among these are many children, seniors and newcomers to Canada."

"The $500 received from the Junior League made a substantial difference in overcoming some initial hurdles, as we planned to introduce our summer camp program for the first time. The League helped us to launch a program that will continue in the future."  Camelot Centre in Burlington provides a creative day program for intellectually disabled adults.

"I just wanted to write a note to say thank you for the very generous donation that you  made to the Youth Aiding Youth program.  The money you gave us will be used to benefit the matched children who need assistance with the development of their social skills and self-esteem.  Our ultimate goal is to allow these children to have a positive childhood and hopefully produce positive, contributing members of society. We also feel that the youth volunteers who work with our children are gaining from this unique opportunity to give back to their community and to make a difference in a child's life."    Reach Out Centre for Kids  (May/09)

"Snacks are a critical piece of our after school program.  The $500 granted to us goes a long way to providing healthy, nutritious snacks for the kids. Often, the children arrive at the program and haven't eaten since lunch. The snacks we provide might be their last substantial meal of the day"  Welcome Inn Community Centre, Learning & Fun After School Program

"Thank you for your generous donation of $2000 to Making the Manor a Home. Your gift will assist us in giving hope to many young women and children who look to St. Martin's Manor for support.  They are truly beneficiaries of your generosity."
  Catholic Family Services (May/09)

Discretionary Fund Recipients:

 Educational Supports Program - Adult Basic Education Association, Hamilton-Wentworth
 Engaging Marginalized Communities - Community Development Halton
 Book Bank - Wesley Urban Ministries
 Partners in Nutrition - Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton
 Beasley Child & Family Centre, Summer Camp Program, Wesley Urban Ministires

  LARCH After School Program (Elliott Heights Baptist Church)
  Elizabeth Fry Society (Hamilton Branch)
  Beasley Child & Family Centre (Wesley Urban Ministries)

  Burlington Compassion Society
  Hill Street Community Garden

  Welcome Inn Community Centre
  St. Martin's Manor
  Camelot Centre Adult Day Program
  ROCK - Reach Out Centre for Kids.


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