Non-profit organizations serving Santa Monica residents and the community may apply for either Community & Youth Grants or Santa Monica Rotary Foundation Grants.

Non-profit organizations and Rotary Clubs seeking partnership on funding projects outside the United States which address one or more of Rotary International’s six areas of focus may apply for World Community Service Grants.

Community & Youth Grants

The Rotary Club of Santa Monica accepts grant applications twice per year (usually October and April) from local non-profit organizations for its Community & Youth Grants program. We request that a full detail of the use of funds be provided within 60 days of when the funds are received.

Santa Monica Rotary Foundation Grants

Our Santa Monica Rotary Club Foundation is dedicated to promoting and encouraging charitable, scientific, literary, and educational activities within our community. Grants of up to $15,000 are available for use in capital improvement projects. The foundation does not fund operating costs or needs.

Non-profit organizations may apply annually for funding. Organizations must provide proof of non-profit 501(c)(3) status and verify funds awarded will benefit Santa Monica residents.

World Community Service Grants

World Community Service Grants are available for non-profit organizations serving persons and communities outside the United States. We do not support single-person initiatives. Each project should benefit a few hundred or thousand people.

We prefer supporting projects in countries that are not strong financially. Awards range from $500 to $10,000 and are limited to sustainable projects addressing one or more of Rotary International‘s six areas of focus:

  • Promoting Peace
  • Fighting Disease
  • Providing Clean Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene
  • Saving Mothers and Children
  • Supporting Education
  • Growing Local Economies

World Community Service funds may be used for equipment purchases and materials for building improvements. Funds cannot be allocated for operations, marketing, events, or labor.

Applicants may be non-profit organizations or Rotary Clubs seeking partnership on non-U.S. Global Grant projects. We prefer collaborating with foreign Rotary Clubs which will be the lead host-country sponsor, originate project proposal and request for funding, oversee completion of the project, ensure all the funds are used appropriately, and provide timely progress and budgetary reporting to the Rotary Foundation as well as to the Rotary Club of Santa Monica.

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