PURPOSE

Rotary Charities awards capital grants to help with the renovation, expansion or construction of needed community facilities or acquisition of property for public use. Awards range from $5,000 to $100,000+.

CRITERIA FOR FUNDING

  • Capital projects that receive funding from Rotary Charities must:
  • Support a wide range of the community
  • Be accessible to many people and designed for community use
  • Serve more than one organization (whenever possible)
  • Be cost-effective
  • Be responsive to current and future community needs
  • Be operationally sustainable
  • Encourage philanthropy and ensure a large base of community support through a Charities challenge grant, if possible
  • Leverage state and national resources for community projects by using Charities as local match source, if possible

GUIDELINES FOR CAPITAL GRANTS

  1. Funds may be provided at various times in fundraising campaign, depending upon the needs of the organization—early to challenge community response or later to leverage and/or become eligible for state and national funding.
  2. Rotary Charities grants will support no more than 50% of the total project cost.
  3. Preference will be given to proposals that serve large numbers of the public or provide access to special needs populations.
  4. Proposals submitted by school districts must be for projects that will benefit the entire school system and not just one individual building.
  5. Grant requests for funds to acquire land for public use will generally only be considered after public funding is secured.
  6. Generally funds will not be awarded for equipment or depreciating assets, although exceptions may be considered when the equipment is critical to the delivery of essential services.

Please reference the Grant Guidelines Document for additional information.