Community

The Junior League of Sarasota has a long history of creating projects and programs to benefit our community. The 2020-2021 Community Grants and Community Projects applications are now available and due by  July 15, 2020.

Community Grants:  This year, we will be awarding $45,000 of grant support to local nonprofits serving Sarasota County! Over the past three years, our JLS Community Grants committee awarded more than $165,000 to nearly 30 local non-profit organizations.

Non-profit organizations may download the Grant application via WordFor questions, contact communitygrants@jlsarasota.org  

Community Projects:  Our Done-in-a-Day Committee provides hands-on service opportunities for our members by helping plan and coordinate selected community partner projects that serve Sarasota County and can be completed in one day or even in a few minutes during a JLS membership meeting.

Non-profit organizations may  submit the Project application via Google Form. For questions, contact diad@jlsarasota.org

Some of our notable projects and partnerships include:

All Faith’s Food Bank
Children First
The Children’s Garden
Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast
Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County
Education Foundation of Sarasota County
Embracing Our Differences
The Florida Center for Early Childhood
Foundation for Dreams
Frank Berlin YMCA
Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County
Girl Scouts, Inc.
The Haven
Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County
Heart Gallery of Sarasota
High Risk Hope
In the Pink Boutique
JCFS of the Suncoast Inc
Mayors Feed the Hungry
North Port Parks & Recreation
The Payton Wright Foundation
Playground at Twin Lakes Park
Selah Freedom, Inc.
Sertoma Kids
South County Food Pantry, Inc.
Spanish Point
SPARCC
Take Stock in Children Sarasota County
TeamUp Volunteer & Partnership Council
Teen Court
The Tiny Hands Foundation
Transition Sarasota

Each year the Junior League of Sarasota awards grants to local non-profit agencies.

Recipients of the 2019 grants include:
Florida Center for Early Childhood – expand Ability Through Outdoor Play at Starfish Academy
Florida Studio Theatre – Extended Residency Workshops at Emma E. Booker Elementary
Selah Freedom – provide education sessions to at-risk youth
Healthy Teens in the Teen Health Educators in Newtown – provide health education information to at-risk youth
Guardian Angels of SW Fl, Inc. – Foster Family Home Improvement project
Mental Health Community Centers – Kitchen overhaul project
Girls Scouts – Camp Honi Hanta Improvements
Sarasota Ballet – Dance – The Next Generation Project

DIAD project at the Florida Early Child Center