Community Service Grants
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 96th 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. 
Grants Offered
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.
Invitation to Apply
Applicants are invited to submit proposals for one or both grant opportunities, noting that only one grant will be awarded to any applicant. While several $1,000-$5,000 Community Service Grants will be awarded, only a few $20,000 Foundation Special Grants are able to 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
The 2019 grant cycle is open from December 1, 2018, with the deadline for Grant Applications January 31, 2019. The 2019 application is available for download hereBe sure to download the linked file rather than writing your edits into the browser! To submit your application, and if you have any questions, please email The Foundation hopes to issue 2019 award decisions by June 2019.