Community Grants

Grant funding is available through the Junior League of Waco. If you meet the criteria outlined below, please contact for additional information.

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2017.

1) Applicant must be a 501(c)3 organization.

2) Organization must not have received a reactive grant from JLW in the last 24 months.

3) Funds will not be awarded for fundraising, travel, political, or training expenses; contributions to building funds; sectarian religious projects; academic scholarships, tuitions and seminars; activities outside McLennan County.

Thanks to the success of the annual Deck the Halls gift market, The Junior League of Waco has grant funds available to help 501(c)(3) organizations in our area meet various needs to help them meet their missions. If you have questions about any of these grant opportunities, please contact

Critical Needs

The Junior League of Waco has limited funds available to assist organizations in addressing emergency needs. These grants may not exceed $2,000 and are contingent on funds available. Except in cases of extreme emergency, an agency which has received Community Critical needs monies will not be eligible to reapply for twenty-four months after receipt of grant.

Please click here to complete the Critical Needs form.

 Provisional Project

Does your organization have a project where you could use a group of organized and dedicated volunteers?

The Junior League of Waco will soon be accepting applications for its 2015-2016 Provisional Project. Every year, Junior League Provisional members work on a group project benefiting a local non-profit organization. Recent projects have included creating a new playground for AVANCE, creating an herb garden at the HOT Urban Gardening Coalition’s new training farm in East Waco, refurbishing the playground at Talitha Koum, creating a playroom for Compassion Ministries, updating Salvation Army’s Sally’s House, and creating an autism specialty room at University High School.

If you have questions or need help determining whether your idea is appropriate for this opportunity, please email

Grants  focused on families, parents, education of service providers and of course children.

Hunger in God’s World (WRBA)- teaching families in low income areas how to cook a healthy and tasty meal on $1.50 per person budget  This is the dollar amount allocated by the  food stamp office (if eligible) per person per meal.  They had 4 sessions with an average of 15 attendees ( 7 women, 6 men & 2 female youth) .The second session of 4 sessions will take place in January with more scheduled  for the spring.  They also discuss use of the veggie van and other services offered in the community, hunger related  statistics, practical action points, they received cook books and gift cards and were also taught how to prepare some recipes for unfamiliar produce.

Waco Civic Theater providing opportunities for children  to enable access to the theater arts. This exposure to the theater arts provides avenues of expression to diverse groups of children.   567 Children attended summer camps and workshops which was 350 more than the year before.  WCT will be able to provide a free theater event for over 1400  elementary school children this spring.

Advocacy Center- Parents complete the Family Forward Middle Way Program while they learn alternative ways to deal with family conflict and parental challenges.  There is a support group component to inspire parents to work on building stronger families while addressing needs within the family.  In addition, the LIFT program helps parents deal with the trauma of cases that alleged abuse to their child by a sibling.  60 parents completed the Family Forward Middle Way Program.  43 parents have been assisted thru the LIFT program.

Girl Scouts behind bars program- this program impacts girls whose mothers are incarcerated.   It provides professional counseling, positive female role models and skill building activities through community service projects with the Girl Scout Program.  They have scheduled 7 – 3 of which are done and have 13 participants.

Klara’s Children’s Center-ECI- the goal here was to purchase books for parents to work with their children who have developmental delays in order to teach them how to use books to promote early literacy.  588 books have been purchase to date on about 50% of their budget.  This month the lead Speech Pathologist will be training staff on early literacy and best practices related to showing parents how to use the book to promote developments.  The books will then be distributed to staff to take out on home visits.

McLennan County Pack of Hope- increasing the number of children served thru the backpack program.   We funded an additional 30 youth.

Neighbor works: Project Aspire works to provide an early intervention to students in grades 3-8  for financial literacy.  They had 22 youth attend a summer camp.  75 attend  during the school year.  Ultimately they hope to change the financial future of children by teaching them financial literacy and good decision making skills.  This also aligns itself with Prosper Waco’s financial stability goal.

Women’s Health Groups- Was a way for the Waco Foundation to host Women’s Prenatal focus groups to help form future interventions and strategy to improve women’s health issues in Waco.  They held nine (9) focus groups.  This report will help determine future community strategy and interventions  thru Waco Prosper and other service providers.

Youth Connections- is an organization that works on educating Youth Service Professionals  in areas that will be beneficial to the attendees and address ongoing challenges in working with young people.  This years annual conference event will be held on April 8, 2016.