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FORT MYERS, Fla. (March 10, 2016) – The Junior League of Fort Myers, Inc. announces that its 2016 mini-grant applications are now open and available for download on its website until March 31.

The JLFM supports local nonprofit organizations having a 501(c)(3) status, are in the process of obtaining a 501(c)(3) status, or are under the umbrella of an agency with 501(c)(3) status by awarding mini-grant funding for projects that focus youth development within the community, including Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties.

Nonprofit organizations that meet the guidelines and agree to the grant agreement included in the application packet are invited to submit an application, which can be downloaded from the Junior League’s website at www.jlfm.org. Completed applications must be delivered directly to the JLFM office, located at 1500 Colonial Boulevard, Suite 104 in Fort Myers, no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 31 with attention to R&D Chair. Electronic applications will not be accepted.

The Junior League will review the applications and award grants of up to $3,000 approximately 60 days after the deadline.

It is through fundraising efforts with events like Taste of the Town that the JLFM is able to award grants to its community partners. In 2015, the JLFM awarded more than $11,000 in mini grants to 13 local nonprofits and organizations including Brothers Big Sisters of Lee County, the Children’s Advocacy Center, Children’s Home Society of Florida – Southwest Division, Dress for Success, The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, Inc., Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, Literacy Council Gulf Coast, Literacy Volunteers of Collier County, Partners for Breast Cancer Care, Inc., Pine Manor Improvement Association, Inc., Quality Life Center of Southwest Florida, Inc. and SalusCare, Inc.

Since 1966, the Junior League of Fort Myers, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization made up of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers JLFM memberships are open to all women aged 21 and older of all races, religions and national origin who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism. The JLFM is a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc.

For more information or questions about applying for a JLFM community mini-grant, email minigrants@jlfm.org, call 239-277-1197 or visit www.jlfm.org.