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The Rotary Club of Lansing was founded in 1916 as the 232nd Club in the Rotary International family. Within six months the club eliminated a so-called “death curve” on Okemos Road, donated much-needed footballs to the Boy’s Training School, spearheaded a city-wide vote that established a garbage-collection system for the city of Lansing, sponsored a charity ball to help raise money to pave the road between Lansing and East Lansing, and began a tradition of annual Christmas parties for underprivileged children.

The intervening years have provided an additional dimension to Rotary. Since its founding, it has become a decidedly international organization with 32,000 clubs today, two thirds of which are outside the U.S. The Rotary Club of Lansing has embraced this international mission. We regularly participate in exchange programs for high school aged students, and hosting young professionals from other countries through the Rotary Group Study Exchange Program. We also maintain a relationship with our sister club located in Otsu, Japan.

Lansing Rotary has a legacy of excellence. Its 280+ members represent a cross-section of our business and professional community dedicated to a higher standard – Service Above Self. This legacy continues because of the deep foundation established by generations of Rotarians who share the same core values. 

Over 90 years later this commitment to the community continues. Noteworthy local projects supported by the club since 2000 include: the Rotary Veterinary Clinic at Potter Park Zoo; the Hospice of Lansing Residential Facility; annual support to the children’s program for the challenged at North School; $100,000 to the H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Excel) Scholarship Program for Lansing at-risk youth; the Rotary Barn at Woldumar Nature Center; the Rotary Clock Tower; and a new gym floor for the Boys & Girls Club. Internationally, the club provided grants for projects in the Philippines, India, Mexico, South Africa and Kenya. Recently, larger projects were completed including the reconstruction of a school in Sri Lanka after the tsunami and a village water supply in Pacifica Ecuador.

In its origins, Rotary was an organization which provided professionals an opportunity to establish relationships they might not otherwise experience. Now, as then, our club reflects a membership of outstanding and compassionate civic leaders who enjoy the fun of fellowship, engaging speakers and professional-quality music. Opportunities to collectively make an impact on the Lansing community and the world, provide a major reason that being a member of Lansing Rotary is truly a rewarding experience

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.