The Junior League of Bakersfield (JLB) Enabling and Project grants are awarded to non-profit community organizations for the purpose of improving the welfare of women and children in Kern County.  Organizations applying for funds may use a variety of strategies and activities that are consistent with the JLB mission and focus area. 


MISSION: The Junior League of Bakersfield is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.


In 2020, the Junior League of Bakersfield formally adopted “Literacy” as its community impact issue/focus and all grant applications should align with this focus.

Project Grants:

  • Are defined programs that enrich, train, educate, or enhance the lives of women and/or children with the focus on “Literacy.” The defined program would target a specific goal and/or population and may also include the purchase of items that are a necessary component of the program. (Examples: literacy classes that include books, supplies for activities to enhance the program/project, etc.)

  • Are done in collaboration with Junior League of Bakersfield and use the Junior League members to implement the grant funded program.

  • Are issued in amounts up to $5,000.

  • Will be for the 2021-2022 grant year (June 1, 2021 to May 30, 2022).

  • Are renewable up to three years, if supported by JLB membership.

  • Funds cannot be used for any ongoing administrative expense, such as salaries, consultant fees, rent, or utilities.

For the 2021-2022 JLB year, only Project grant applications will be considered for funding. The due date for all applications is Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 5:00 pm (PST).


Completed applications are to be emailed to the Junior League of Bakersfield to (no hardcopy applications will be accepted). If you have any questions, please email

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Project Fund Application

Recent Grant Recipients

Project Grants:

  • Bakersfield Homeless Center

  • Jamison Center

Enabling Grants:

  • Bakersfield Mission

  • Kern Dance Alliance

  • Kern Literacy Council

  • Kern Partnership for Children and Families

  • Kern River Valley Family Resource Center

  • Wounded Hero Fund​

  • Alliance Against Family Violence

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County

  • Kern Medical Foundation

  • MARE