Special Aid Grants

Our Annual Special Aids Grant Application process is closed for the 2020-2021 year.  Please be sure to check back in September of 2021 for our new application! 

We will publish the winners once they are selected from our panel and notified. 

Thank you to all that applied and for all you do to help our local community be strong.


Each year the Junior League of Racine contributes money to the community through the Special Aids Grant Program. These allocated funds relate to the Junior League’s mission to invest in programs that enhance the well-being of women and children. A maximum of $500 may be given to an organization to accomplish its proposed program.

The Junior League of Racine is pleased to announce our 2019-2020 Special Aids Grant recipients:

  • Faith Hope & Love
    Awarded $500 to continue providing “New Beginnings Bags” for children recovered from human trafficking and survivors of sexual assault. Each bag contains the necessities for the first 48 hours after a child is recovered from human trafficking or a sexual assault. This program is now operating in all Racine Unified School Districts, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and 3 Aurora Health Care hospitals in Racine County.
  • River Bend Nature Center
    Awarded $500 to expand their programs offered to the Racine Unified School District kindergartner classes. Currently River Bend offers an autumn field trip “Nature’s Palette”. With this grant, they hope to expand and offer a spring field trip, “Building Blocks of Nature”, which will expand on the concepts presented in the fall trip, and further the relationship of each child with nature and the environment. Their goal is to offer these two experiences to the children at no cost to the families.

We received many worthy grant requests this year and thank all the organizations that applied. We will begin accepting 2020-2021 grant applications in the fall of 2020. If you have questions regarding our Special Aids Grant program, please contact our Community Committee at cr@jlracine.org.

Some of our past Special Aids Grant recipients, include: Eco-Justice Center, Royal Family KIDS Camp – Racine, Racine Zoo, Family Literacy of Racine, Cops N Kids Reading Center, Faith Love and Hope, Family Service of Racine, Bethany Apartments and the YWCA.

Deadline for 2020-2021 Special Aids Grant Applications was Friday, Oct. 3oth, 2020 

Click Here to Download 2020-2021 Application and follow instructions below

To apply, please complete the form and include a copy of your organization’s US IRS issued 501(c)3 determination letter, which is confirmation that your organization is a charitable organization as defined by section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Without a copy of your organization’s 501(c)3 determination letter accompanying the completed application, your request will not be considered.

If you would like to mail in your application:

All sections of the application must be completed. You may attach one (1) additional 8.5” x 11” sheet of paper for a maximum of three (3) pages total. All applications must be submitted by Friday, October 3oth, 2020.

Mail completed application to:

The Junior League of Racine

Attn: Community Committee – Special Aids Grant

P.O. Box 085744, Racine, WI 53401

Our mission: The Junior League of Racine, Inc. (JLR) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.