Community Response Grants

The Junior League of Lansing provides Community Response Grants to help support organizations in the Lansing area that offer programs focused on Essential Needs—programs that provide shelter, food and/or access to food or shelter.

Applications for the 2018-2019 year must be received no later than noon on Feb. 15, 2019 or April 12, 2019 for review.

To be eligible, applicants must be 501(c)(3) organizations located within a 25-mile radius of Lansing. Proposed projects must support the overall purpose of the Junior League and its commitment to voluntarism and improving the community.

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For fiscal year 2018-2019, the Junior League of Lansing will distribute a total of $3,000 through the Community Response Grant program. Applications will be reviewed twice during the fiscal year. For applicants that do not receive a grant in a particular session, their proposal will automatically remain in the applicant pool for consideration for the remainder of that fiscal year.

Applications must be received no later than the deadline.

Complete the Online Application

Download a Hard-Copy Application

If you have further questions, please contact the Community Vice President at, or call the Junior League of Lansing office (517.324.8716).

Past Recipients

Since 2005 the following Response Grants have been awarded:

  • $1,500, Housing Services of Mid-Michigan – Emergency fund that will give small amounts of money to those in need of assistance
    getting an ID, apartment application, bus pass, etc.
  •  $1,000, Child and Family Services – Purchase mattresses and crib sheets
  • $750, Clinton Gratiot Habitat for Humanity – Purchase kitchen cabinets for a home that will house a single mother and her two children
  • $750, Haven House – Purchase new mattresses
  • $1,000, Many Hands – Weekend Survival Backpack Kits
  • $300, Child and Family Services of Michigan/Operation Good Cheer – Christmas gift giving program for children in out-of-home placements
  • $450, Downtown YMCA Wellness Center Exercise Program with Footprints – Exercise program for at risk girls at the Residential Treatment Facility Footprints
  • $250, MSU Community Music School – Financial aid for students in children’s music programs
  • $500, Hannah’s House – New freezer for the shelter
  • $250, MSU School of Social Work Foster Youth Alumni Services Program – Care Package Program **given by JLL Community Service Committee
  • $300, American Red Cross – Scholarships to babysitting classes for kids
  • $800, MSU Community School – Financial aid to needy children enrolling in music classes.
  • $1,100, Help A Willing Kid – Purchase and establish a permanent location for their program.
  • $1,100, Main Street Association – Drug abuse prevention education programming.
  • $1,000, Highfields – Winter clothing and boots
  • $1,100, Education Options Program – Support at risk teens
  • $1050, Haven House – Mattress covers
  • $500, Jumps Start – Infant car seats
  • $250, R.J. Scheffel Toy Project – Wooden toys & memory boxes for Ele’s Place
  • $1,100, Ballentine Stepping Stones – Emergency needs (bus tokens etc, clothes, etc.)
  • $500, Fairview Lansing School – Sarah DeRuiter Listening Center
  • $500, Haslett Family Learning Center – Day care scholarships
  • $1,100, Expectant Parents Organization
  • $200, Ronald McDonald House – Playground equipment
  • $900, Shared Pregnancy Services – Just for teen’s mom’s class
  • $1,100, Head Start – Covered 5 parent’s emergency dental needs
  • $825, North Network Center – GED program which focuses on low income families. Funding used for part time teacher.
  • $400, William Donley School Association – Books
  • $625, Shared Pregnancy – Volunteer materials and to start a class for new parents.
  • $625, Child Abuse Prevention
  • $825, Michigan Women Work – Summer Girls Club for middle school girls.