The Rotary Foundation of Washington DC provided $181,730 for 2017 Community Service Grants (“Regular Grants”) with a funding cap of $5,000 and Foundation Special Project Grants (“Special Grants”) of $20,000.  The funding for these grants was enhanced by revenue from our second annual Duck Race Festival. The DC Rotary Club received 70 applications for the Regular Grants and 50 applications for the Special grants.
The Grant Committee discussed each of the 50 applications for a Special Project grant and identified five with exceptional merit and awarded each $20,000. The recipients are: 
 
  1. DC UrbanGreens – to fund a rainwater harvest system and a new farm stand behind Fort Stanton Recreation Center. (DC UrbanGreens serves DC Wards 7 and 8, which are low‐ income areas lacking access to grocery stores. In addition to providing healthy food, DC UrbanGreens provides education on healthy eating, job training in farming and food distribution and a summer camp for youth.)
 
  1. First Tee of Greater Washington, DC – to support its Girls Golf initiative, which will be taught by LPGA and PGA certified gold professionals and is designed to build skills, confidence and golf interest in girls.  (In addition to the character building benefits of golf training, thousands of dollars in college scholarship money available to girl golfers is not used because girls are unable meet the minimum golfing skills to qualify. Thus, the Foundation’s investment will be enhanced by the ability of these girls to obtain this college scholarship money.)
 
  1. Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop – to fund an enhancement of its Reentry Book Club with a new focus on mentoring, networking and long‐term support for incarcerated persons who are returning to the community. (Free Minds uses books, creative writing and a peer support system to awaken DC youth incarcerated as adults to their potential.)
 
  1. Teens Run DC – to support its participation in Parkrun, a national movement that brings free, timed 5K runs to communities.  A portion of the grant will fund a part‐time director who will integrate two of TRDC’s practices each month with Parkrun in order to give participants new opportunities to push themselves and track their times and progress over the course of the program year. The grant will also fund snacks and water, transportation and incentives for the participants. (TRDC works with DC youth primarily in Wards 1, 7 and 8 and primarily low‐income African American.)
 
  1. The Theatre Lab School for the Dramatic Arts – to support a new public screening and performance of original Life Stories films and monologues created by participants. The screening will take place at GALA Theatre and will be followed by a moderated talkback that raises awareness of key community issues including immigration reform, homelessness and access to high‐quality education.  The Life Stories program works with high‐need participants where they are, e.g., in correctional facilities, treatment centers, medical facilities and after‐school programs. (The Theatre Lab makes high‐ quality dramatic arts instruction accessible to youth and adults at all levels of experience and all walks of life.)
 
Other organizations receiving grants up to $5,000 are:
ORGANIZATION
FUNDING
POPULATION SERVED
PROJECT TO BE FUNDED
Reading Partners
2,300
Kindergarten thru 4th grade students who are behind their classmates in literacy skills.
One‐on‐one literacy tutoring.
Suited for Change, est. 1992.
2,300
Low income women.
Transportation costs are a significant barrier to accessing entities services including workplace clothing. Grant would provide $10 transportation vouchers.
Teatro de la Luna, est. approx. 1990.
3,670
Hispanic youth
Its "Experience Theater" program where bilingual performing arts productions and post‐performance discussions to provide cultural and emotional support to young Hispanics and to foster in‐school bridge between them and the English-speaking community.
Christ House, est. 1985.
3,670
Homeless men too sick to be on the street or in a shelter
Cost of replacing key items in medical unit, e.g., scale, otoscope, exam table, wedge pillows and medical supplies.
Dance Institute of Washington
2,300
DC youth
Ballet and Diverse Dance Summer arts programming to engage underserved, low income DC youth.
DC College Access Program, est. 1999.
2,760
DC public and public‐charter high school students primarily from low‐income, minority, single‐parent households.
Comprehensive counselling with students and parents to prepare for college access including financial aid.
Earth Conservation Corps, est. 1992.
4,560
Unemployed, out of school youth ages 17‐ 25 as "corpsmembers" and DC students primarily Wards 6, 7 and 8.
Opportunity for ECC to bring in a coordinator to work with school groups and schedule trips for them to come to go to ECC's education center for programming. An ECC coordinator will conduct outreach and communication to the schools, a biologist and corpsmembers will conduct the on‐the‐ground programming for the students on trips to the Anacostia River.
National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives & The Collaborative to Improve Youth/Police Relations Through Prevention Science
2,300
Community police and the youth and families they serve.
Pilot project to create Community Based Youth and Police Advisor Focus Group to Reduce Violent Interactions ‐ pilot would include 16 youth and police officers from a DC community experiencing poverty and violence.
Natural Partners/Monarch Sister Schools Program
1,360
Students, teachers and other adults
Training for students, teachers and other adults to design and implement projects to restore habitat for native pollinators and other wildlife. Grant project to be at John Burroughs college prep day school ‐ grades 7‐12
One World Education Community
920
Low income DC students
The Senior Challenge Academy is a six‐week, out‐of‐school‐time program that teaches low‐income DC students how to adapt the detailed research papers they have developed through the organization’s Common Core‐aligned, in‐school programming into persuasive presentations for DC’s school, business, and government leaders.
Palisades Village, est. 2007
3,680
Older residents in the Berkley, Foxhall, Kent, Palisades, Spring Valley and Wesley Heights neighborhoods of DC.
To support volunteer training and activities. Volunteers need to be trained to offer the best support and service.
A Wider Circle
2,300
DC area poor
Expand its Neighborhood Partnership Program in Highland Dwellings and Additions. It has already established a residence there.
An Open Book Foundation
2,750
DC area students ‐ head start thru high school in organizations where at least 50% of the students qualify for Federal Free and Reduced Meals
Introduce approximately 300 students to an author or illustrator. An Open Book can place an autographed book into the hands of approximately 300 disadvantaged children and thus place that many books into family libraries. In addition, AOB will donate as many as 40 books autographed by authors to classroom and school libraries
Black Student Fund
4,300
Academically motivated African American and other underserved students
Our objectives are: to teach the basics of Python (computer language that is widely used in the video game and software industry); form the participants into development teams of 3‐7 members; have the teams build a new game every month; and hold two video game competitions a year.
Central American Resource Center ("CARECEN"), est. 1981
2,300
Latinos in Washington metropolitan area
Enroll and serve 300 citizenship students and file 190 citizenship applications.
Central Union Mission, est. 1884
2,300
DC homeless, hungry and in need.
Replace up to 40 bunk beds at Mission's Camp Bennet for children. Each summer about 400 childrenn attend the Mission's summer camp free of charge.
United Nations Association of the National Capital Area ("UNA‐NCA"), est. 1953
4,350
DC, Northern VA and MD youth.
A Gobal Classromm DC Professional Development Summer Workshop. A three‐day professional development summer workshop for educators and advisors managed by GCDC staff and volunteers using guest speakers, as necessary.
Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association ("WANADA") Automobile Dealers Education Institute ("ADEI") Program, est. 2008.
2,300
DC area residents (recruits from area high schools, veterans, the unemployed and legal immigrants)
Snap‐on tools for WANADA ADEI students.
$5K purchases $2K Snap‐on tools for 5 students.
Washington Chorus Outreach Singers
920
People in great DC region who for mobility, health or economics reasons cannot attend performances in the traditional concert setting. Target audiences = the abused, mentally ill, elderly, disadvantaged and homeless.
Outreach Singers voluteer their services, grant would support the expenses associated with reaching their needy audiences.
Woodley House, est. 1977
2,200
People with severe mental illness
Support and expand its Food Pantry Program for residents of our Supported Independent Living (SIL) Apartment Program, who have chronic mental illness, and for our DC neighbors‐in‐need.
YWCA National Capital, est. 1905
4,200
DC low‐income girls and women of color
App Design workshop to enhance computer literacy among low‐ income girls of color and encourage them to pursue careers in Information Technology (IT) and Computer Science. The App Design workshop will introduce low‐income and minority girls to the basics of coding and web design. Our goal is to encourage youth to pursue computer science programs and rewarding tech careers.
Fort Dupont Ice Arena, est. 1996
1,840
DC youth ‐ located in Ward 7
Maintenance for ice resurfacer.
Girls Inc DC, est. 2006 (national affiliate est. 1865)
4,600
Young girls in DC area
Seed money to establish a Maker Space, a central, open space within the Girls Inc DC Center where the girls can brainstorm, build, and work together on their creations; where they can gather to create, invent, and learn. The focus is hands on learning that is interest‐driven and supported by both independent exploration and peer‐to‐peer learning ‐ connected learning.
Hope and a Home
2,300
DC low‐income families with children.
Computer literacy classes throughout the one‐year grant period, available to all families currently in residence as well as those who have graduated from their transitional housing yet continue to be supported through our Phase Two Independent Housing program. These courses will cover a range of basic technology needs, including formatting a document, navigating a website, and filling out an online job or school application.
Kid Pan Alley, est. 1999
3,750
Children across the country but with a "focus" on DC metropolitan area.
Songwriting workshops in two schools for an estimated 200 elementary school children within the grant period. Residencies typically involve two days of songwriting with four classes and two performances.
Latino Student Fund
2,300
Underserved preK‐12th grade students of Hispanic descent
Supplies for its tutoring program.
Literacy Volunteers and Advocates, est. 1987.
2,300
Illiterate adults in Washington DC
Purchase of the Orton‐Gillingham curriculum and training for instructors. Orton‐Gillingham uses a multi‐sensory instructional approach to teach reading. These phonic kits include all of the literacy materials and resources needed by our instructors.
Mary House
2,300
Homeless families in DC
Operating cost of summer camp.
Healthy Babies Project
2,300
Poorest DC young families ‐ teen parent and her child
One‐time project support to update its website and bring it into compliance with current online standards.
Iona Senior Services, est. 1986
2,300
Old people in DC
Purchase of new furniture for a space created by the expansion of an adult day health service.