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Guidelines for Grant Making

Principles and Priorities:

Muskegon Rotary provides funding for programs and projects primarily in Muskegon County. Funding derives from annual earnings held in the Muskegon Rotary Foundation and from various fundraising activities, including Grape Escape, Parties in the Park, and the 50/50 raffle held at weekly club meetings.

Our priority areas for funding are based on priorities established both by Rotary International (global areas of interest) and Muskegon Rotary’s 2013 Visioning Process (local areas of interest).

The Muskegon Rotary Community Fund Committee will meet a minimum of two times per year, in the spring and fall. Grant making decisions will be made at those times.

Rotary International Priorities:

  • Club Service, strengthening fellowship and ensuring effective functioning of the club
  • Vocational Service, encouraging Rotarians to serve others through their vocations and to practice high ethical standards
  • Community Service, covers the projects and activities the club undertakes to improve life in its community
  • International Service, encompasses actions taken to expand Rotary’s humanitarian reach around the globe

Muskegon Rotary Priorities:

  • Community development projects which enhance downtown Muskegon and lakeshore areas.
  • Activities that benefit youth.
  • Activities that promote a healthier Muskegon County.
  • Appreciation and celebration of inclusion and diversity.
  • Leadership training for members and students.

Muskegon Rotary is interested in fresh, innovative approaches to addressing community needs that emulate the values of the Rotary four-way test, and making grants that create a multiplier effect by leveraging other funding sources and collaborating with other organizations:

Rotary Four-Way Test:

  • Is it the TRUTH?
  • Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  • Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  • Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Grant Making Criteria:

Grant applications will be evaluated, in part, on the following criteria:

  • Clarity of proposal and the ability to describe the relationship between the proposed project and how it will benefit the community
  • Staff capacity/organizational capacity to complete project
  • Sound fiscal policy and responsible financial management
  • Capacity to measure results and conduct an evaluation of how the funding was used
  • Evidence of collaboration and cooperation with other organizations where appropriate
  • Muskegon Rotary welcomes applications from not for profit organizations that serve the greater Muskegon area
  • Sustainability: defined as providing long-term solutions to community needs that the benefiting organization can maintain after grant funding ends

Muskegon Rotary Generally will Not Fund:

  • Grants or loans to individuals. Grants that support religious activities or programs that serve, or appear to serve, specific religious groups or denominations.
  • Ongoing support of a program or local school district. An exception can be granted with the unanimous agreement of the endowment committee.
  • Grants for continuing operational support.
  • Grants for capital projects may be considered if the project is a civic improvement that benefits a significant portion of the community and has high visibility.

Application Process:

  • To submit an application to the Muskegon Rotary Club, visit our website at www.muskegonrotary.org. complete the Grant Application. Applications must be submitted electronically.
  • Applications will be reviewed by the Muskegon Rotary Community Fund Committee (MRCFC). Additional information or clarification may be requested by the MRCFC.
  • The Muskegon Rotary Community Fund Committee will meet a minimum of two times per year, in the spring and fall to review grant applications. The MRCFC will make recommendations to the Muskegon Rotary Club Board.
  • The Muskegon Rotary Club Board of Directors makes all final funding decisions.

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