Community Service Grants
 
 Foundation of the Rotary Club of Washington, D.C. 
Community Service Grant & Foundation Special Grant Recipients
 
In 2018 the Rotary Club of Washington, D.C. received a total of 109 applications from 89 organizations, for a total of just under $1.2m in requests for grants in two categories: Foundation Special Grants (of $20,000), and regular Community Service Grants (of $1,000-$5,000). The Foundation Board approved the awarding of grants to 30 organizations for a total of USD $186,750, including the awarding of three additional grants resulting from a successful 2018 DC Duck Race fundraiser. Club Members and the Foundation are very pleased to be able to support these community organizations in the important work that they do with D.C. residents. Awardees for 2018 were as follows:
 
Foundation Special Project Grant Recipients
 
 
Organization
Group Served
Project
Funded
1
Free Minds
Incarcerated D.C. youth 
Contributes to support literacy and empowerment programs 
20,000
2
Anacostia Watershed Society
Anacostia River environment, school students, and public
Co-funds development of fresh-water mussel sanctuaries for river clean-up and public education  
20,000
3
Multi-Cultural Internship Program, Columbia Heights Educational Campus
Leadership development for 35 girls in at—risk community 
Funds staffing and support to run program as well as extension activities for girls at campus broadly 
20,000
4
The Salvation Army NCAC
At-risk homeless D.C. residents
Contributes to funding for a social worker for Grate Patrol van to assist homeless in 2018 
20,000
5
Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)
Recently-arrived immigrant youth, typically low income 
Financial literacy education and preparation, working with DCPS International Academy
20,000
 
 
 
Total
100,000
 
Community Service Grant Recipients
 
 
Organization
Target Group
Project
Funded
1
An Open Book Foundation
Children at D.C. schools where there are many low income and bilingual kids
Brings theatre arts to kids in bilingual school settings to help bridge cultural divide for non-native English speakers
3,000
2
Arts for the Aging, Inc. (AFTA)
Elderly residents in Ward 8 
Music as therapy and quality of life 
4,000
3
Central Union Mission 
The camp provides overnight camp experience to over 400 underprivileged kids per year.
Funding towards the purchase of bunk beds at Camp Bennett. The new bunks would replace old beds donated 8-15 years ago. 
2,250
4
Christ House
Critical services to homeless men in AdMo/ Columbia Heights area
Will fund the purchase of new chairs for the dining room, one of the most-used areas.
5,000
5
City Blossoms
Inner city (Ward 8) primary school children
Materials to support city demonstration garden 
4,000
6
Critical Exposure
Low income youth in DC schools-programs
Supports purchase of camera equipment for target programs 
3,000
7
Dance Institute of Washington
Predominantly African-American and Latino girls from underserved communities
Supports dance and STEM Summer camp
5,000
8
Double Nickles’ Theatre Company
Elderly D.C. residents 
Community theatre and life stories presentations delivered by a traveling van - funding a part-time scheduling team
3,000
9
First Tee of Greater Washington, DC
Youth from around greater D.C. area
Supports STEM summer camp programs 
2,000
10
Girls on the Run
Serves approximately 2,200 preteen girls ages 8-13 in all 8 Wards
Contributes to fitness program through two, 10-week programs in Spring and Fall 2018 
5,000
11
Hope and a Home
Children of underserved community where English is the second language
Support to expand the Junior Year college readiness program for at-risk District youth 
5,000
12
Horizons Greater Washington
Primarily Latino children in Ward 4
Funding to help subsidize Summer swimming lessons
5,000
13
Iona Senior Services
Elderly Adults in all Wards of D.C.
Contribution towards printing of Resource Book for elderly Adults 2018-2020
2,500
14
Libraries Without Borders
At-risk Chinese low-wage workers around Chinatown 
Outreach and support to advise on rights and available services
2,500
15
Literacy Volunteers and Advocates 
Illiterate adults especially in Wards 1 and 5
To support adult literacy advocacy and help publish their annual Write from the Heart book 
5,000
16
Mary House
Immigrant and refugee children where English is the second language
Summer camp to help bridge school years and encourage the learning of English  
2,500
17
Resources to Inspire Students & Educators (RISE)
At-risk but high- potential youth at Baillou high school
Funds Math summer camp to develop math help student
5,000
18
Suited for Change
Empowering low-income women through providing professional attire for work
Support funding of seminars to help train client women in self-presentation skills
2,500
19
Teatro de la Luna
Bilingual kids especially in Wards 1 and 4
Bilingual theatre as a way of bridging cultural identity for children of dual identities 
4,000
20
Teens Run DC
At risk youth in Wards 7 and 8
After school and weekend running and mentoring program
1,000
21
The Theatre Lab
Pre-school aged children impacted by homelessness
Contribute to the Life Stories programming, using theatre to heal
2,000
22
Thrive DC
Serves a hot breakfast and dinner to over 200 homeless & low-income clients every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Over a year serve 140,000 meals to people without access to food. 
Funding to replace the convection oven and warming oven in the emergency meal program. 
5,000
23
WANADA Automotive Dealer Education Institute
DC area apprentices to auto mechanic program, aimed at previously low-income 
Direct funding to buy Clip-on tool sets for apprentices to the WANADA program
4,000
24
A Wider Circle
At-risk youth with low educational attainment in low-income area of D.C.
Youth tutoring and mentoring programs at the Highland Dwellings location in SE D.C.
2,250
25
YMCA
Low-income children who are in need of essential swim skills 
Subsidized scholarships for underprivileged kids to attend a learn-to-swim Summer camp at the YMCA Anthony Bowen during the 2018 Summer.
2,250
 
 
 
Total
86,750