Philanthropic Giving -  One of the ways we serve

The 2018-19 grant cycle starts on July 1, 2018. This year we will be accepting applications through a new online application. Please stop back to our website on or after that date for the new application.

Over the years, the Rotary Club of Morgan Hill has supported organizations that operate free clinics, help purchase school supplies for children in need, teach children the fun and appreciation of art, provide musical concerts to elder care facilities, educate the community about and rehabilitate endangered wildlife, and provide community Fourth of July festivities.  And the list goes on. 

Each year, we reach out to our local community for other similar needs that the Rotary Club of Morgan Hill can help serve.  Typical grants are awarded in the amounts of $500 to $1,500. If your organization has a significantly larger financial need, maybe our Foundation can assist you through our Rotary Grants.  

If you meet the requirements listed below and want to apply, fill out the application by selecting the link on the left side of the page and following the instructions. 

Grant Categories 
The Club welcomes grant applications (consistent with the above guidelines) for funding in one or both of the following categories.   
Community Grants: Only requests for tangible or capital items (e.g., equipment, furniture, appliances) will be considered for funding within the Community Grant category. (No personnel, general operating, or maintenance expenses will be funded within this category). The Club desires to fund items via this grant category that will provide enduring benefit as compared to something consumable or of short-term benefit to a few.  
Hearts of Rotary: Applicants for Hearts of Rotary grants must be tax exempt, 501(c) 3   nonprofit organizations. Requests for personnel, general operating or maintenance expenses may be funded within this category. Requests must be for specific activities which clearly provide a community benefit.  

All grant applicants must meet the following criteria and/or be consistent with these guidelines
A. Organizations requesting a Grant must be clearly philanthropic in nature and all related expenditures must be solely for charitable purposes.  Applicants for the Community Grant category do not need to be IRS 501(c) 3 designated nonprofits, however applicants for the Hearts of Rotary category of grant do.
B. The following activities are not eligible for funding:      

1.  Scholarships or other forms of monetary benefit to specific individuals.        

2.  Activities that promote specific religious viewpoints or are for any political organization.

C. Grants  must be used within the boundaries of the Morgan Hill Unified School District and/or to serve the Morgan Hill population. 
D. The Club desires to assist as many people as possible from the Morgan Hill community and when possible over an extended period. The Club must see reflected in the application a specific program/project/activity that meets that goal. 
E. Organizations requesting grants must agree to publicize or acknowledge the Grant in a way that promotes community awareness of the Club. 
F.  Grant funds awarded to a recipient are expected to be expended, and evidence provided to the Club by the recipient, during the period of January to December of the year following the grant submission. 
G.  The Club may consider applications for more than one grant from an organization during the grant period, but each grant request requires a separate application. 
 H.  Applications must bear an original or electronic  signature and contact information of an authorized representative of the requesting organization. 


I.  Applications must be received (either by US post-marked or time stamp if submitted electronically) by the deadline specified on the application form. 
J. There is no guarantee that any applicant receiving a grant in one year will receive funding in a subsequent year. 


K.  Priority areas for funding are youth, seniors, and education and should align where possible with Rotary International’s six areas of focus:   1) Peace and conflict prevention/resolution, 2) Disease prevention and treatment, 3) Water and sanitation, 4) Maternal and child health, 5) Basic education and literacy, 6) Economic and community development.


L.  Applicants must select only one of the grant categories (Community Grants or Hearts of Rotary) for each application submitted. 
M.  Nothing in these guidelines should be construed as requiring the Club to fund any specific grant application in any given year or to fund an approved application in a particular amount. The Club reserves the right to permanently or temporarily discontinue funding grants at any time with or without notice. 

Applications are accepted between July 1 and September 30 each year and are reviewed by our Charitable Giving Committee.

The Committee’s recommendations are presented to our Board of Directors for approval. Expect at least 60 days for review after the application period ends for Board decisions and notifications. Please plan accordingly.

Revision:  April 18, 2018