Posted on Nov 13, 2018
The Rotary Club of Salisbury is currently seeking nominations for its new 3-Point Initiative; a grant that will be awarded to a local non-profit(s) in December that locally promotes Responsibility, Integrity and Academic Achievement to area youth.  The deadline to apply is October 25, 2019.
The 3-Point Initiative grant, with awards ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 depending on the program impact and funds available, will be presented during the Wicomico County Governor’s Challenge Basketball Tournament.  The tournament, now the largest high school holiday basketball tournament in the United States and in its 38th year, will be played December 26-29, 2018 at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center and at select high schools in Salisbury.  More than 120 teams (30 locally) from 10 states are expected to participate, with over $1 million being infused into the local economy. The tournament is the current recipient of the National Association of Sports Commissions “Locally Created Event of the Year” national award.
Again this year the Rotary Club of Salisbury is partnering with the Governor’s Challenge Holiday Basketball Tournament by procuring sponsors.  The club receives a portion of the sponsorship dollars, which are earmarked for charitable purposes.  This year those dollars will be used to financially support the 3-Point Initiative.  100% of the profits will be distributed to local non-profit organizations whose mission promotes the 3-Point Initiative.  Additionally, every dollar raised for this initiative will be matched by the generosity of the Donnie Williams Foundation.
Organizations interested in applying must meet eligibility criteria that include being a government entity, faith-based organization or a non-profit public charity that supports programs for youth on the Lower Eastern Shore.  A narrative is required detailing how the organization promotes the three tenets of the grant: responsibility, integrity and academic achievement.
The grant application is available at and must be submitted NLT October 25, 2019
Those wishing to support the grant, through sponsorship of the Governor’s Challenge Basketball Tournament or placement of an ad in the event program, may contact Dan Williams at