Each year, Rotary Charities provides approximately $1.2 to 1.5 million to nonprofits, local units of government, and schools in the five-county Grand Traverse region (Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau counties).  CLICK HERE to view our Grant Application Guidance packet.

Our Funding Areas

Assets for Thriving Communities

Purpose: Support for community assets that help create prosperity that is broadly experienced.

Deadline: September 14th
Amount: Up to $150,000
Duration: 3 years
Match Requirement: Can be a combination of cash and in-kind totaling at least 50% of the total project cost


Systems Change Accelerator

Purpose: Support innovation(s) that target root causes to complex community problems leading to more resilient, equitable and healthy systems.

Deadline: September 14th
Amount: Up to $150,000
Duration: 3 years
Match Requirement: 10% match of request, from all entities named in proposed budget (mix of cash and in-kind)


Changemaker Fellowship

Purpose: Support breakthrough learning and sharing that will expand understanding about how we might work differently to make durable and broad community progress. Fellows will commit to share what they learn through a local workshop and through quarterly Community of Practice (CoP) meetings with other fellows & grantees (RC will convene 2 CoPs for Thriving Communities and Systems Change).

Deadline: 15th of the month
Amount: Up to $20,000
Duration: 1 year
Match Requirement: “Match” through agreement to share what is learned in a workshop


Seed Grant

Purpose: Support ventures where a small investment will go a long way toward a larger impact. Often used for convening, planning or capacity building stages of larger projects like those that could be funded under the Assets for Thriving Communities or Systems Change Accelerator Programs.

Deadline: 15th of the month
Amount: Up to $10,000
Duration: 1 year
Match Requirement: 25% match of request (mix of cash and in-kind)


CLICK HERE to learn more about each of these grant categories.

Click here to download the Systems Practice Showcase slides

You can access the online application portal HERE.


Other Funding Opportunities

The Good Works Fund of the Rotary Club of Traverse City

The Good Works Committee of the Rotary Club of Traverse City coordinates the disbursement of funds raised by the club’s annual Rotary Show. The Good Works Committee accepts grant requests from local community organizations for projects and initiatives, primarily in Grand Traverse County. Each year the committee makes $50,000 in grants to Good Works projects in the community. For more information, contact Deb Lake, chair of the Good Works Committee, at lake.deb@gmail.com.