Rotary Charities provides one-year Seed Grants intended to support ventures where a small investment will go a long way toward a larger impact.

Seed grants can be used for a variety of purposes, not limited to:

  • Convening partners to better understand a community problem and potential leverage points for change
  • Assessing and building the capacity of organizations, partners or networks to move forward together
  • Creating cultures and structures that enable deeper connections, continuous learning and adaptation
  • Plan or launch new strategies and/or align actions that are aimed at high-leverage points for change

Funding Criteria

Organizations that receive Seed funding must:

  • Demonstrate need
  • Have been providing services for at least 1 year
  • Show support from the organization’s Board

Guidelines for Seed Grants

  1. Maximum grant award is $10,000
  2. No deadline, apply by the 15th of the month to be considered the first week of the following month
  3. Maximum of one-year grant period
  4. Minimum 25% cash and/or in-kind match

Activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Capacity assessment & planning for organizations, partnerships and networks
  • Organization, partner or network development activities – especially those that will improve connectivity, learning and the ability to adapt and respond to changing conditions
  • System or issue mapping
  • Network/partner mapping
  • Designing process and tools for deeper learning
  • Clarifying the purpose of organizations, partnerships or networks and setting strategic direction
  • Assessing and improving team dynamics or organizational or network culture
  • Project/program design or launch, especially for projects with the potential for ripple effects throughout a system
  • Executive transition planning
  • Board and staff leadership development
  • Database/information systems development
  • Fundraising feasibility for capital projects
  • Community planning to implement high priority projects

If you do not see your activity/need listed, please contact Rotary Charities staff to discuss.

Please reference the Grant Guidelines Document for additional information.

Please contact Stacey Foster to set up a meeting with staff to discuss your project, (231) 941-4010. Full applications are by invitation only and will be considered monthly.