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Grants to California Nonprofits for Projects to Benefit Local Communities

Community Grant


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Geographic Focus
USA: California: Palo Alto and East Palo Alto

Important Dates
LOI Date: 11/17/23
Deadline: 01/16/24 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $10,000 to California nonprofit organizations in eligible areas for projects that benefit the community. Applicants are required to submit a letter of intent prior to applying. Special consideration will be given to projects for which the funding source can be the primary funder. Projects must benefit the communities of Palo Alto or East Palo Alto.

This year, proposals are welcome that address COVID-related impacts on your organization, as well as programs that address diversity, equity, or other social justice needs in the community.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
- Applicants must be a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

- You are encouraged to request funding for a specific program or project rather than general, unspecified support. The Foundation is especially interested in projects for which they can be the primary funder.

- While not necessary, the committee also encourages proposals that include an opportunity for active participation by Rotary Club members (a one-time activity such as a work or clean-up day or more ongoing work, such as tutoring, mentoring, providing consulting help, etc.)

No grants will be made that benefit only one or a few individuals.

Pre-Application Information
To be considered for a grant, you must submit a one-page letter of interest no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 17, 2023. This letter should provide a brief description of your project and the funding amount you are requesting. Please do not send or attach any other information other than the one-page letter.

After reviewing the letters of interest, on or about December 8, 2023, staff anticipates inviting 10-15 organizations to submit more detailed proposals, which will be due on January 16, 2024. Final grant decisions will be announced in March, 2024.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Grants ranging from $2,000 to $10,000.

Term of Contract
Organizations that have received gifts from Rotary for two years in a row must wait a year before applying again. On occasion, the club may approve a multi-year program that provides financial and other support to an organization for two or more years.

Contact Information
Please e-mail your letter of interest to

If you have questions about the grant process, you may contact Bruce Gee @

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