Junior League Awards Community Assistance Grants to Heights Nonprofits

Thursday, January 25, 2024 | The Leader

Greater Heights organizations among nonprofits awarded with Community Assistance Grants by Junior League of Houston

The Junior League of Houston recently announced the recipients of its 2023 – 2024 Community Assistance Grants, providing a total of $175,000 in funding to 17 Houston-area nonprofit organizations. The grant recipients, including two Greater Heights-based organizations, were acknowledged at the Community Assistance Grant Reception and Presentation held on Monday, Jan. 22, 2024.

Recipients were chosen from a total of 89 applicants. This is the 68th year of the Community Assistance Grant program.

Among the first-time recipients of League funding were Children’s Transplant Initiative, Spring Branch Community Health Center, Main Street Ministries Houston, Community of Resources Houston, Re: MIND Depression and Bipolar Support, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Partnerschools, Inc., GiGi’s Playhouse Houston, GiGi’s Playhouse Sugar Land, Arts Connect Houston, The Landing, and Reining Strength Therapeutic Horsemanship.

GiGi’s Playhouse Houston and Arts Connect Houston, both based in the Heights area, each received a $10,000 grant.

Several organizations from previous years, including Gift of Adoption Fund, Clothed by Faith, The Jung Center, Houston Furniture Bank, and ChildBuilders, also received funding once again.

Organizations are eligible for grant funding if they meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Address a critical or basic need

  • Fund a pilot program

  • Expand a significant service to the community.

This year’s recipients were chosen based on focus areas that members selected through its triannual Membership Survey and included: Basic Needs, Children’s Education and Mentoring Young Girls/Women.

$27,000 of the total Community Assistance budget will come from the Barbara and Roy Adams Endowed Community Grant Fund which focuses on children’s health and well-being and literacy/education enrichment.

Since its inception in 1955 – 1956, Junior League’s Community Assistance Grant program has been an important way for the League to serve the Houston community by providing aid to agencies where the League does not provide volunteers. The League’s Community Assistance Grant program has directed millions of dollars in financial support and established long-standing, collaborative relationships with the hundreds of organizations it has funded since 1955.

“We are beyond excited to present checks to so many deserving nonprofits later this month,” said Sydney Goss, Community Assistance Chair. “The nonprofits we fund go through a rigorous application and vetting process and are each incredibly deserving of the monetary support.”

To learn more about Junior League of Houston and the various ways in which it supports Houston’s philanthropic community, visit jlh.org.