Community Service Grant & Foundation Special Grant
The Rotary Club of Washington D.C. established the Rotary Foundation of Washington DC in 1922 to engage in works of charity. This year the Foundation celebrates its 94th year of dedicated support to local and international non-profit organizations engaged in a wide range of community development and charitable activities. Members of the Rotary Club of Washington DC are directly engaged in over 20 community projects annually, and through the Foundation, support another 40-60 organizations and projects through contributions.
The Rotary Foundation makes available two types of grant opportunities for DC non-profit organizations:
  • Community Service Grants of $1,000 to $5,000 per organization supporting projects that demonstrate need for small capital items or “seed money” for special services that provide direct and tangible benefits principally within the District of Columbia.
  • Foundation Special Project Grants of $20,000 supporting larger projects that demonstrate long-term sustainability and impact and offer opportunities for Rotary members to volunteer and raise the profile of the organization and Rotary in the DC community.
Applicants are invited to submit proposals for one or both grant opportunities, however, only one grant will be awarded to any applicant. While several $1,000-$5,000 Community Service Grants will be awarded, only two $20,000 Foundation Special Grants will be awarded. Grants are solely awarded to projects that principally serve District of Columbia residents. Funding is available for eligible nonprofit organizations for specific-identifiable program activities. General operating or overhead funding requests are not supported.

How to Apply:

Download the 2017 Grant Application. We recommend that you download the application to your desktop and fill out the form in that manner. Older versions of Adobe or Internet Explorer and Firefox (plug-in required) may not properly display the application.  Submit your application via email to The Rotary Foundation of Washington at No fax submissions, hard copy submissions or late proposals will be accepted. Proposals must be received no later than midnight on Tuesday, January 31, 2017.
If you have any questions, please email
Please note that Rotary Foundation staff may be in touch after submission with questions concerning your submission. The Rotary Foundation hopes to issue award decisions by June 2017.