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.

Click here for a list of the 2017 Community Grant Winners.

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.

DC Rotary Duck Race Festival – May 26, 2018

The DC Rotary Club is holding its third annual Duck Race Festival on May 26, 2018 to raise additional funds for distribution to local and international nonprofit organizations that enhance the health, education or welfare of youth. The amount of the funds made available by this fund- raiser will not be known until after the Duck Race Festival on May 26, 2018. Applicants awarded one of the Rotary Foundation grants described above remain eligible for a Duck Race grant. You are invited to describe in your grant application what you would do with additional funds to support the health, education or welfare of DC youth if awarded a Duck Race grant. If the DC Rotary Club was unable to fund fully your initial grant proposal, that proposal will be included for consideration in the evaluation of Duck Race grant recipients. 

How to Apply:

The 2018 grant cycle is open. The deadline for Grant Application is January 31, 2018. Download the application and instructions. 
If you have any questions, please email
The Foundation hopes to issue 2018 award decisions by June 2018.