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

Upcoming Application Deadlines

  • August 4, 2023
  • November 3, 2023
  • February 2, 2024
  • May 3, 2024

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 2022-23 Good Works Grants
5Loaves2Fish Northern Michigan Kitchen Equipment Purchases $1,350
Acme Christian Thrift Store Water Drainage Engineering $500
Arts For All Program Equipment Purchase $2,500
Boots for Kids Boots for At-Risk Children $1,100
Families Against Narcotics Community Forum and Outreach Project $1,500
Glen Arbor Players 2023 Troupe Capital Expenses $400
Goodwill Northern Michigan - Food Rescue Equipment for Repacking Frozen Produce $1,750
Grand Traverse Community Enrichment Youth Travel Seminar $1,000
Habitat for Humanity GTR Equipment Purchase $1,000
Inland Seas Education Association Campus Maintenance Equipment Purchase $2,500
Kids on the Go Adaptive Furniture and Supplies for New Camp Venue $1,000
Light House Center for the Arts Start-Up Expenses $500
MIchigan Medical Response Portable Ultrasound Equipment Purchase $2,400
Music House Museum Security Equipment Purchase $1,000
Northern Michigan Rowing Club Dock Equipment Purchase $1,000
Project Feed the Kids Cooler Purchase $2,500
Skegemog Raptor Center Raptor Rehabilitation Enclosure Improvements $1,000
Step Up Northern Michigan Food Pantry Program Supplies $2,500
Traverse City Area Public Schools Peer to Peer Program Supplies $2,000
United Way of NW MI Safer Kids, Safer Schools Program $500

FY 2021-22 Good Works Grants
Acme Christian Thrift Store & Food Pantry (ACTS) Pallet Jack Purchase $1,100
American Legion Post 399 Roof Repair $1,000
Benzie Wellness and Aquatic Center Phase II of Feasibility Study $500
Child & Family Services of Northwestern Michigan Visitation Room Renovation $1,700
Child & Family Services of Northwestern Michigan Youthwork Conservation Corps training  $500
Crooked Tree Arts Pilot drop-in family arts program $1,200
Friends of Historic Commons Tree Survey $1,000
Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities Building Resilient Communities food coolers $2,000
Kids on the Go Program Expansion $500
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Play equipment at Munson $1,700
Mid-Michigan Honor Flight Honor flight veterans' travel expenses $1,470
National Alliance on Mental Health (N.A.M.I.) Virtual Learning Equipment $1,000
TART Trails Trail Maintenance Equipment $1,000
The Friendship Community Center Roof Maintenance $2,500
Traverse City Fencing Club Flooring Installation $830
Trinity Lutheran Church and School Playground Equipment $500
VASA Ski Club Ski Equipment Trailer $1,000
Women’s Resource Center DEI Training $500

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