2018 Lansing Rotary Foundation Local Grant Guidelines & Policies


  • Grants will be made only to organizations and groups that are qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or to churches, schools, governmental units or to another Rotary Club.
  • Grants will be made to projects that serve the residents of Ingham, Eaton or Clinton counties.
  • Grants will not be made directly to individuals.
  • Normally grants will not be made to cover operational expenses, salaries, unrestricted capital campaigns, endowments, or debt.
  • Projects that received funding from the Foundation during the prior two years are not eligible in this grant cycle.
  • Local Grants will be awarded in two categories:  Community Grants and Signature Projects


  • Grant Awards:  $500 to $9,999, project should be completed within a 12 month period
  • Community Grant project funding is for a 12-month period.
  • Project Focus Areas (must address one or more of the following):
    • local projects serving residents of Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties
    • project serving an underserved or disadvantaged population
    • project enhancing cultural or economic elements of the community
    • project demonstrating a unique or emerging need unmet by another organization

Signature Project Grant Guidelines

  • Grant Awards:  $10,000 and over, can be completed within 12 months or multi-year projects
  • Applicants submit grant request on-line to be reviewed by Rotary Foundation Board, selected applicants will be invited to present to the Lansing Rotary Foundation Board of Directors before grant funding decisions are made.
  • Signature Projects meet the following criteria:
    • Significant:  projects of size, within the means and purpose of the Lansing Rotary Foundation
    • Make a Difference:  projects that carry noticeable impact for the community and enhance or develop an important aspect of the community.
    • Lasting Effect:  projects whose effect will be durable and permanent, and whose direct benefit extends beyond one year at the minimum.
    • Meet's Rotary's Mission of "Service Above Self":  projects which enhance the image and identification of the Lansing Rotary Club (internally and externally) and gives members a strong sense of meaningful service.
Important Dates for 2018 Local Grants
February 1:  Applications Open for both categories of Local Grants - Notices sent to Rotarians & past applicants
March 16:     Grant Applications Due (all applications must be submitted on-line)
March - April:  Foundation Board Subcommittee for Community Grants Individually Review Applications prior to meeting as a group to make funding recommendations 
April 20:  Foundation Board decides which Signature Projects to invite for a Presentation and Q & A
May 18:  Signature Projects presented to the Foundation Board
June:     Foundation Board makes funding decisions on Community & Signature Project Grants - Announcements Made
July 1:   Grant Award Money Distributed


The Rotary Club of Lansing Foundation will accept applications requesting funding for international projects that are submitted by any member of the Lansing Rotary Club. Projects relating to one of the following focus areas, which represent Rotary International’s goals, will be considered:

Project Focus Areas: 

  • peace and conflict prevention/resolution
  • disease prevention and treatment
  • water and sanitation
  • maternal and child health
  • basic education and literacy
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