Grants and Scholarships

Small Grants

The Junior League of Evansville awards several Small Grants to local Not-For-Profit Agencies annually.  Each grant is capped at $2,500.  Grants will be awarded to applicants with programming that compliments the JLE Mission and/or Focus and where money will have the greatest impact.  Applications must be for program funding rather than general operating expenses.  The Small Grant application is typically mailed out in the September timeframe with a deadline in early November.  The award notification will be in the following March.  The Project Implementation committee member will work with grant recipients to draft an agreement outlining the details of the project and partnership between JLE and the partner organization. The funds will not be disbursed until after June.

Done in a Day Grants

Through our Done-In-A-Day (DIAD) projects, community organizations can request a group of trained volunteers for a specific one- or two-day special project or for a one-time need of extra volunteers. Our DIAD volunteers can provide hands-on support assisting with community events, projects or programs. Organizations with whom we partner for DIAD projects normally have programming that complements the JLE Mission and/or focus areas. Typical projects can be completed by 10 or fewer volunteers in one dayor less, working two-hour shifts. Examples of past Done-In-A-Day projects can be provided upon request. This application is only for DIAD projects that require both volunteers and funding. This would include volunteers working one day or less in two-hour shifts. Funds are limited to $1,000 per project and are to be used for the materials needed to complete the project.

If you would like to be put on the mailing list to receive a grant application from the Junior League of Evansville, please e-mail the JLE office at

Done in a Day Volunteer Requests

This form may be used by your organization to apply for a volunteer request (with no financial assistance) from the Junior League of Evansville. Please submit this application at least 30 days in advance of the volunteer shifts needed.  This will assist our members in effectively managing their time and completing volunteer hours. This will also assist your organization with planning your projects and ensuring volunteers are notified of your event in a timely manner thereby increasing the number of possible volunteers. We do not promise volunteers even if this request is approved.  The membership will be notified of the opportunity and can volunteer if they would like.  Please submit the Done in a Day Request for Volunteers application directly to 30 days prior to your volunteer shifts.

Meg Dettwiler: Her Legacy Lives On


Meg Dettwiler, a leading League leader in the Junior League of Evansville and one of the YWCA’s 100 Women of Evansville. Photo credit: Evansville Courier & Press.

In August of 1999, the Junior League of Evansville lost one of its most devoted sustainers after a two-year battle with cancer. Meg Dettwiler joined the JLE in 1979. Though she had a demanding career in marketing, she was a dedicated JLE member, serving our League’s Board and Executive Committee during seven of her nine active years.

As a sustainer, she continued to support the League by cheerfully contributing to our fundraisers and by serving as a patient and enthusiastic advisor to many active members. Everyone appreciated her inspiration and encouragement.

Meg’s participation in the Junior League was just the beginning of a rich history of voluntarism in our area. She was best known for being a strong supporter of University of Evansville athletics. She also supported and served on the boards of many not-for-profit organizations, including Easter Seals, Evansville ARC, the Boys and Girls Club, Mesker Park Zoo, the Rotary Club, the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, and the YWCA. She continued volunteering through her illness.

Meg received the City of Evansville’s Athena Award in 1996 and our League’s Helen Klamer Philp Award in 1998 for her tremendous community involvement.

Following Meg’s death, JLE was informed that Meg had remembered the League in her last will and testament, and had bequeathed a donation to be used at our discretion. After careful consideration, a decision was made to establish an annual scholarship program in her name. It is our desire to keep alive the spirit of giving that was a central focus of Meg and her life by rewarding individuals with a similar focus. Overwhelming financial support from Meg’s family and her JLE friends grew the scholarship fund, and the first set of award winners was announced in the spring of 2003. It is our hope that the legacy of this tireless volunteer will live on through this memorial program that will forever bear her name.