Rotary Club of Lansing is unique in that it has a special committee dedicated to supporting international projects — especially those with ties back to Lansing.  Each of our international projects has an involved Lansing Rotarian sponsor.

Our 2017-2018 International Grants that were dispersed:

  1. Guatemala Dental Clinic – This project focuses on providing dental care to 600 children ages five to fifteen from low-income in Ciudad Vieja located ouside of Antigua, Sacatepequez in the Mayan highlands of Guatemala.  Rotary Sponsor:  John Person for $2,500.00
  2. Kannagi Nagar Toilets – This is a free tuition center on the sides of busy roads.  It is now housed in a large shed and has increased to more than 300 students with no toilet.  The proposal is to build a toilet with 3 stalls.  Sponsor:  Umakanth  for $2,500.00
  3. Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief – These funds would go to the Juan Rotary Club to help with the devastation due to hurricane Maria.  Sponsor:  Kevin Schumacher  for $3,000.00
  4. Rural Women Economic Empowerment – This project will be carried out in Wum by Bihndumlem Humanitarian Foundation  to help equip 100 women with knowledge on improved agricultural techniques and to help increase their incomes.  Sponsor is:  Peter Achuonjei for $4,000.00
  5. South Sudanese School – The RSSVP is a registered 501© 3 and are trying to build a public school in South Sudan. The last 4 years Lansing Rotary has donated to improve the lives of survivors of the civil war in the village of Majok-Chedhiop.  Rotary Sponsor:  Irv Nichols for $5,000.00
  6. Ghana Water Well – To drill and install a well in the Prabonso Village in Ghana.  They are currently using polluted water from a river.  Rotary sponsor:  Al Yambor for $3,500.00
  7. Hope Through Health – To help fund healthcare centers thru northern Togo focusing on HIV/AIDS care.  Rotary Sponsor:  Pam Miklavcic for $4,732.00



2020 Grant Application Guidelines
Rotary Club of Lansing Foundation
2020 Local Grant Program
Application Guidelines
Rotary is an international membership organization made up of people who share a passion for and commitment to enhancing communities and improving lives across the world. Rotary clubs exist in almost every country. Our members change lives locally and connect with other clubs to work on local and international projects that address today’s most pressing challenges. Being a member is an opportunity to take action and make a difference, and it brings personal rewards and lifelong friendships in the process.
The Lansing Rotary Club reflects a membership of over 200 outstanding and compassionate civic leaders who enjoy the fun of fellowship and opportunities to collectively make an impact on the Lansing community and the world. Members represent a cross-section of our business and professional community dedicated to a higher standard – Service Above Self.
To reflect the goals of making an impact, the Rotary Club of Lansing Foundation has established an enduring source of revenue where Lansing Rotarians honor the club's creed of "service above self" by supporting charitable endeavors of importance with positive impact on our city, our nation and our world.
Available Resources:
The Rotary Club of Lansing Foundation has budgeted a total of $70,000 for the Local Grant Program for 2020. Awards are competitive.
All applications must make a significant, positive difference in the Lansing community and must address one or more of the following:
  •  Projects serving residents of Ingham, Clinton or Eaton counties
  •   Projects serving an underserved or disadvantaged population
  •   Projects enhancing cultural or economic elements of the community
  •   Projects demonstrating a unique or emerging need that is unmet by another organization
Funding Categories and Maximum Grant Requests:
Each applicant must choose a funding category in which to apply:
Community Grants (grants up to $10,000)
Community Grant is a competitive program to support a nonprofit organization’s mission rather than specific projects or programs. General operating support is the working capital nonprofits need to sustain their day-to-day operations, enabling nonprofits to build a strong and sustainable infrastructure to provide programs and services that will have the greatest impact.
Signature Grants (grants up to $25,000 to $50,000)
Signature Grant is a competitive program for nonprofit organizations that provide funding assistance for the expansion, renovation, or construction of facilities; upgrade of equipment and furnishings to provide an up-to-date environment; and/or provide or increase accessibility to persons with disabilities.
  •  Grants will only be made to organizations and groups that are qualified under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, or to churches, schools, governmental units, or another Rotary Club.
  •  Grants will be made to projects that serve the residents of Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton counties.
  •  Only one project per organization per grant cycle will be awarded.
  •  All applicants must have a current Rotary Club of Lansing member as a sponsor of their application and provide a letter of support from that member within their application.
Not Eligible for Funding
  •   Grants will NOT be made to cover unrestricted capital campaigns, endowments, litigation costs, religious programming, deficit funding or debt retirement.
  •   Grants will NOT be made directly to individuals.
  •   Projects that received funding from the Rotary Club of Lansing Foundation during the prior two years are NOT eligible in this grant cycle.
  •   Applicants with unmet obligations on prior grants may not apply.
Grant Review Process:
  •  Applications will be reviewed by the Rotary Club of Lansing Foundation Local Grant administrator for eligibility.
  •  A review panel will be appointed and will consist of Rotary Club of Lansing Foundation board members, who are elected on the basis of their familiarity with, and expertise in, a broad spectrum of nonprofit organizations programming and reach. During the review panel meeting, applications are discussed, evaluated and scored according to the guidelines and selection criteria.
  •   The panel may opt to recommend full or partial funding to any eligible applicant.
  •   Decisions of the community review panel may not be appealed.
  •  The Rotary Club of Lansing Foundation board of directors reviews and makes final decisions regarding the community review panel’s recommendations prior to notification and announcement of grants.
Selection Criteria:
Selections for awards will be based on the following in all three funding categories:
  •   Project Description – Complete, descriptive project narrative including the who, what, where, when, why and how. The use of funds must be for a high quality, exemplary project that addresses the Rotary Club of Lansing Foundation purpose.
  •   Impact on Local Community - Merit of the proposed project’s impact upon the local community and target audience.
  •   Management - Feasibility of the project and ability of the organization to undertake and complete the project.
  •  Evaluation and Measurement of Outcomes – description of how and what measures you will use to define success.