Partnership & Grant Application


Our Club and Charity encourage and evaluate Partnership and Grant requests from broad constituencies.

Our Board considers sustainability, community impact and budgetary constraints paramount.

Any organization that desires to partner, requests financial assistance or needs volunteers is considered an Applicant and must use this standard form to make a formal and timely request.

This includes other Rotary clubs seeking International project or Global Grant support.

Applications are minimally considered semi-annually, but all parties must understand that final approval is subject to the Club and Charity's own internal process which takes time.

Regrettably, our Club does not make direct grants to individuals.

All Applicants must use our standardized APPLICATION, including as much information as possible.

Applications must be prepared and submitted by the grantee's chief executive officer in order to clarify official need and interest.

Applicants are reminded that partnerships and grant requests are competitive.

All Applicants are encouraged to provide a compelling mission statement, salient project narrative, a specific monetary or volunteer request, any deadline or date needed and correct legal and contact information.

The Applicant may also upload additional information in the form of files or external links.

A sample of any proposed marketing or media art and text must be included in any request for use.

Grantees shall report on the success and sustainability of all support within 12 months of award, including a presentation before the Club.

Additional terms and conditions may apply depending upon the event and request.

Our Board categorizes Grant requests in three broad segments;

Local Community Grants

International Grants

Veterans, Active Duty Military and First Responder Grants

Local Community Grants

This Grant segment includes Community based grants used to improve the Quality of Life of people and communities and stimulate the public interest. This segment includes the support of Youth and young leaders through leadership development, scholarships, sporting events and formal programs like Rotaract, Interact, and Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. Finally, the Club is devoted to Vocational excellence and supporting local organizations that give support and meaning to acquiring  new skills and knowledge leading to improved household incomes. Some examples of our Club Community support include; CASA of Merced County, Crimestoppers, D Street Shelter, Merced Rescue Mission, Merced Symphony, NAACP of Merced County, Shakespeare in the Park, Special Olympics, Merced College Vocational Scholarships, 4H Club, college scholarships, All Dad's Matter, All-Star Junior High School Baseball, Boys & Girls Club, Clothes for Kids, Make a Wish Foundation, Merced County Arts Council, FFA, Merced Skimmers, Bob Green North-South Rotary Football Classic.

International Grants

For over 113 years, Rotary globally expands goodwill and better friendships by building peer sustainable Rotary clubs and focusing on clean water, sanitation, economic development and global health. By establishing common ground internationally, Rotary seeks to promote peace and understanding by volunteering our time and resources abroad and at home with new partnerships and intention. Our Club works with international change-agents and other Rotary clubs on a variety of intimate ever-changing projects, larger Global Grants and Polio eradication in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Our support includes; working with Hearts Afire Foundation in Somoto, Nicaragua, digging water wells in the Republic of Uganda, sanitation projects in the Republic of the Philippines, cleaning beaches in Baja California, Mexico and certain micro-financing in Romania, Peru and India to name a few.

Veterans, Active Duty Military and First Responder Grants

This special category was formed from restricted donations earned during our annual Merced Field of Honor event co-sponsored with Merced College and the Peter J Gallo Memorial Foundation. After event expenses, our Charity reviews Grant Applications directed to our men and women from the Uniformed Services. Every year, new challenges and opportunities intersect with this specialized funding source. Our support includes; Honor Flights, Merced Police Department Honored Officers Memorial, Castle Air Museum, the Yosemite Veterans Education and Leadership Seminar, care packages to forward-deployed active duty military, scholarships awarded to Merced College veteran-students, new finger printing kits for the Merced Police Department. Learn more about this funding source at Merced Field of Honor.