Collaborative Opportunity Grants

Junior League of Lafayette is committed to providing our community with direct and indirect
resources, namely financial contributions and volunteer hours. Each year, Junior League of Lafayette invites other nonprofit organizations to submit grant proposals. The organizations and their programs are selected for grants based on our Mission and focus area of women and children. The next application period will begin Summer 2018.

2017-2018 Collaborative Opportunity Grant Recipients
Total Awards: $15,000

Junior League of Lafayette awarded financial support and our member volunteers to the following organizations for their programs.

Lafayette Parish School System: C.O.W. on the Move
$1,500 was awarded, 4 volunteers
This grant was awarded to purchase books and other supplies for the new Classroom On Wheels (C.O.W.) program. This RV traveling program will make stops at 48 childcare centers in the Lafayette area, offering children ages infant to 3 years old the opportunity to explore books and interactive activities.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Acadiana: Spooktacular Halloween Party
$1,000 was awarded, 10 volunteers
Junior League volunteers will help host Big Brothers Big Sisters annual Halloween Party for the Littles and Bigs. They will take part in activities like a costume contest and pumpkin decorating. This event is always fun for both the kids and adults who attend. This grant will be used to purchase supplies for the party.

Habitat for Humanity: Women Build
$1,500 was awarded, 10 volunteers
Junior League members will be working up a sweat and hammering nails in November, as women come together to help build a home off East Pinhook Rd. This grant will be used to purchase building supplies for the home.

Foster Friends: Christmas Party
$1,500 was awarded, 8 volunteers
Junior League members will help host the annual Christmas Party along with purchasing gifts for the kids who attend the party. Foster Friends’ mission is to make foster children feel extra special at Christmas, for their birthday and throughout the year.

Catholic Services of Acadiana: Bedding Kits
$1,500 was awarded, 5 volunteers
Junior League members will purchase pillows, blankets and sheet sets for the New Life Center, a women’s and children’s homeless shelter, that will relocate from Opelousas to Lafayette at the beginning of 2018.

FoodNet Food Bank: Snack Bags
$1,500 was awarded, 8 volunteers
Junior League members will purchase healthy snacks and pack 425 snack bags to be distributed to FoodNet Food Bank pantry clients’ children. These snack bags will be a much healthier snack option for the kids the pantry serves.

Boys and Girls Club of Acadiana: SMART Girls Luncheon
$1,500 was awarded, 8 volunteers
Junior League members will help plan the first-ever SMART Girls luncheon in the Spring of 2018. The luncheon will be the culmination event for the SMART Girls program which teaches girls healthy eating habits, how to stay physically fit, healthcare and how to develop good relationships. It also allows girls to be paired with women mentors from our community.

Children’s Museum of Acadiana: Café des Enfants Remodel
$1,500 was awarded, 10 volunteers
This grant was awarded to help remodel and refurbish the café. Junior League members will help to freshen up and update the café and its supplies.

New Hope Community Development of Acadiana: New Hope Store
$1,500 was awarded, 6 volunteers
Junior League members will help run and purchase supplies for the New Hope Store; an end of the year reward program. Members will purchase supplies for the store and help children spend their reward bucks. Members will also help host an end of the year party for the kids.

Hilliard University Art Museum: Spring Play Day 2018
$500 was awarded, 8 volunteers
Members will assist with the March 24 Spring Play Day. Grant funds will be used to purchase art supplies and activities as well as printing a gallery guide for the day’s events. Members will also help work the Art activity area.

Healing House: Hope for Grieving Children | Meditation Garden
$1,500 was awarded, 10 volunteers
Junior League members will assist with creating the new meditation garden at Healing House’s new facility. Members will prep flower beds, purchase plants and plant flowers; creating a lush and inviting space for visitors to meditate.