Community Endowment Fund


Michelle Biondo, Seton Center Development Director; Kathleen Johansen, 2018-2019 Community Endowment Fund Chair; and Paul Hoffman, Seton Center CEO.

The Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri, awards grants for financial assistance to community agencies in the five-county Kansas City metropolitan area (Jackson, Clay, and Platte counties in Missouri; Wyandotte and Johnson counties in Kansas) in response to critical needs. These needs may include, but are not limited to, unbudgeted expenses, sudden loss of funding, or a new program. Some examples of past funded grants are an air conditioning failure, bed bug problems in a homeless shelter, and weather disaster damage.

Complete a Community Endowment Fund Application

  • The maximum grant is $7,500.
  • Grant requests are considered on a first-come, first-served basis, based on availability of funds.
  • We have a rolling review process that typically awards grants every other month.

If you have questions, please contact our Community Endowment Fund Chair. Current grant recipients, use the Community Endowment Report form to tell us about how you used the grant.


“The freezer that was replaced was old and no longer dependable. Recently, we had to turn away 12 cases of donated meat that we could have given to the families we serve. That is when we turned to the Junior League for help. Thank you for your quick response to our urgent need.”

Michelle Biondo, Seton Center Development Director

Our Community Endowment Fund committee recently awarded a grant to Seton Center to purchase a new, state-of-the-art freezer for its pantry. Harvesters, one of their community partners, donates frozen meat each week for Seton Center clients to take home. Seton also provides them with fresh fruits and vegetables, canned food, and toiletries. The organization provides food to 500 families each month. They also have a thrift store and dental clinic at the campus. They invited the Community Endowment Fund committee to visit the campus to celebrate their new freezer and cut the ribbon.