Good Works Grants

The mission of the Good Works Fund is to support projects that address unmet needs in established priority areas within the Rotary Club of Traverse City’s service area — primarily Grand Traverse County. Grants are awarded in amounts not to exceed $5,000 to nonprofits organizations doing important work in our community.

Priority Funding Areas
  • Arts and culture
  • Basic human needs
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health and Safety
  • Recreation
Project Priorities
  • Capital expenditures
  • Equipment
  • One-time special opportunities/events
  • Start-ups and new projects
Big Brother, Rotarian Nick Edson, and his Little Brother David, a program supported by the GOOD WORKS Fund
Big Brother and Rotarian Nick Edson with his Little Brother David
Application Deadlines for the 2017-2018 grant cycle
  • September 1, 2017
  • November 3, 2017
  • February 2, 2018
  • April 27, 2018
Grant Application Downloads

Download the Rotary Good Works Application (fillable PDF). The application is also available in a Rotary Good Works Grant Form (Word).

Examples of Previous Good Works Grant Recipients
  • Women’s Resource Center (Phone System Replacement): $2,000
  • Reigning Liberty Ranch (Improvements to Outdoor Riding Arena): $4,000
  • Lake Leelanau Rowing Club (Equipment and Safety Updates): $4,500
  • TART Trails (Recycle-a-Bicycle Program): $2,500
  • Grand Traverse Area Veterans Coalition (Veterans Memorial Park Improvements): $3,000
  • Traverse Health Clinic (Expand Clinical Care): $2,500
  • Traverse City Little League (Old Mission Peninsula Ball Fields): $5,000
  • Girls Scouts of Michigan (Purchase of Defibrillators): $1,300
  • Conflict Resolution Services (Bullying Prevention Training): $3,000
  • Boy Scouts of Michigan (Scenic Trails Council): $3,065
  • Michigan Land Use Institute (Double Up Food Bucks Northwest Michigan): $4,000
  • Catholic Human Services (Grandparents Raising Children Program): $1,000
  • Traverse City Cooperative Preschool (Pave Circle Drive): $3,000
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters (Adopt-A-Match): $2,000
  • Botanical Garden Society of NW Michigan (Classroom Furnishings): $1,500
  • Kingsley High School (Cognitively Impaired Classroom): $2,000
  • Goodwill Inn Homeless Shelter (Mattresses and Chairs): $920
Further Information

The Good Works Fund provides important financial support to our community on a smaller scale than Rotary Charities. They are two distinctly different grant-making programs.

For more information about the Good Works program or for questions about your application, please contact Deb Lake, chair of the Good Works Fund committee.