League looks for worthy grant recipients

If you know of a community need that requires a financial boost, the Junior League of Greenwich (JLG) may be where to find that support.

Every year, the JLG designates up to $5,000 of its funds to be awarded to one or more community organizations through its Community Grant Award. The purpose of this grant is to provide financial support for and address a community need that is not being met by current JLG projects or programs. The grant is intended to fund new initiatives or expand programs and services relating to significant community needs, not subsidize existing programs.

Applications for the grant program are due Dec. 6.

The requests will be reviewed and approved by the JLG Board of Directors and presented in spring 2014. Applications may be found on the Junior League of Greenwich website at Jlgreenwich.org.

Last year’s recipients were the Greenwich Alliance for Education and the YMCA. The Greenwich Alliance for Education grant was used to fund an outreach program onsite at the Byram Archibald Neighborhood Center (BANC) for children ages 12 months to three years of age and their parents or caregivers. The program offers story time, arts and crafts, music and movement as well as healthy snacks to try and close the performance gap between those entering kindergarten with preschool versus those without any school readiness program.

The YMCA grant was used to launch a new program to train first responders, police, firefighters, EMTs, parents and caregivers in how to effectively rescue those with autism in an emergency situation. Additionally, a national expert in the field was brought in to lead the training sessions and host two training events.

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