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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. Grants typically range from $5,000 – $15,000.

Our priority areas for funding are based on the Muskegon Rotary’s most recent Visioning Process

The Muskegon Rotary Community Fund Committee will announce grant awards by May of each year.

Muskegon Rotary Priorities:

  • Community development projects which enhance the Muskegon area.
  • Activities that benefit youth.
  • Activities that promote a healthier Muskegon County.
  • Appreciation and celebration of inclusion and diversity.
  • Leadership training for members and students.
  • International service, encompassing humanitarian outreach.

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 broad impact 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 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 nonprofit 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.
  • 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. 
  • Submit your “Letter of Inquiry” following the “Grant Request Process” found on the Rotary Website.
  • Applications must be submitted electronically.
  • Applications will be reviewed by the Muskegon Rotary Community Fund Committee (MRCFC). If your Letter of Inquiry is accepted you will be requested to complete the Grant Application.
  • The Muskegon Rotary Club Board of Directors makes all final funding decisions.
  • The Muskegon Rotary Community Fund Committee will meet two times a year.
  • The deadline for applications is the end of March each year.

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