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

2022-2023 Application Deadlines

  • August 5, 2022
  • November 4, 2022
  • February 3, 2023
  • May 5, 2023

Apply for a Good Works Grant

Download the application below. Once completed, submit applications via email to Submissions are reviewed by a committee member, who may contact you with further questions. Following their review, your grant proposal will be reported to the committee for consideration at our quarterly meeting. Successful applicants will be notified following approval by the Club Board.
The Good Works Fund provides important financial support to our community on a smaller scale than Rotary Charities grants. They are two distinctly different grant-making programs.

Examples of previous Good Works Grants Recipients


FY 2020-21 Good Works Grants

Acme Christian Thrift Store & Food Pantry

Refrigerator/Freezer Equipment

$ 1,000

Bike Leelanau

Bike Trail

$ 500

Child and Family Services of NW Michigan

Voicemail Attendant

$ 3,190

Discovery Center Great Lakes

Wheelchair lift and platforms

$ 1,000

Food Rescue of Goodwill Northern Michigan

Loading Dock Door Replacement

$ 3,000

Generations Ahead

Equipment and Office Supplies

$ 2,225

Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse Region

Give Hope project

$ 1,000

Kids on the Go

TC Program Expansion

$ 1,000

Old Town Playhouse

HVAC Improvements

$ 1,000

Parallel 45 Theatre

Safe Return to the stage

$ 1,810

PoWer Book Bags

Growing Pains - software and PC

$ 2,500

Traverse Bay Children's Advocacy Center

Landscaping Costs for Building Addition

$ 2,300

Traverse Bay Children's Advocacy Center

AC Unit

$ 5,000

Veterans in Crisis

Veterans Treatment Court Assistance

$ 2,500

Women's Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area

Emergency Shelter Chimney Repair Project

$ 2,000


FY 2019-20 Good Works Grants

Child and Family Services of NW MI

Building Windows

$ 3,300

Crooked Tree Arts

Video Streaming Equipment

$ 1,200

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library


$ 2,200

Father Fred Foundation


$ 750

Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan

Flooring and Couch Replacement

$ 4,500

Grass River Natural Area Inc

Outdoor Classroom Equipment

$ 550

Great Lakes Children's Museum

UV Light

$ 1,200

Habitat for Humanity

Computers, Phones, Software upgrades

$ 5,000

Habitat for Humanity


$ 1,400

Hospice of Michigan

Grief Support Services & Telehealth/Virtual Training

$ 2,000

Mt. Holiday Inc.

Technology Upgrade

$ 1,250

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Ending the Silence Program

$ 2,000

Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency

Host Homes

$ 2,000

Old Mission Peninsula School

Science Curriculum for all

$ 500

Parallel 45 Theatre Inc

Washer and Dryer

$ 2,500

Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear

Equipment for Historic Preservation
in the National Park

$ 2,250


Food and Hygenic Supplies

$ 1,000

Stigma Busters

PSA Video

$ 500

TART Trails Inc

Boardman River Trail

$ 2,000

TCAPS Preschoolers Explore

Preschoolers Explore and Learn Program

$ 500

TCAPS Westwood Elementary

Westwood Solar Project

$ 500

The Brook Trout Coalition

Onion Bag Dispensers

$ 1,936

Traverse Health Clinic and Coalition

Laptops and software

$ 5,000

Women's Resource Center of Grand Traverse

Emergency Shelter Playground

$ 5,000

Young Peacebuilders

Special Events/Training

$ 1,000