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Madison Rotary Club Grants and Sponsorships

Grants and Sponsorships to Madison Area, New Jersey
Nonprofits for Education, Environment, Arts, and Health

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Madison Rotary Club

Deadline Date:

04/01/18 - Deadline for Grant applications; Sponsorship requests are considered throughout the year


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Grants and sponsorships to Greater Madison Area, New Jersey nonprofit organizations for a range of activities benefitting local residents. Grants may be requested for humanitarian efforts, training and education, environmental initiatives, arts activities, and health services. Sponsorships may be requested for local community events.

The Rotary Mission Statement “to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through its fellowship of business, professional and community leaders” are the guiding principles used to determine the worthiness of all funds distributed. These same concepts, or parts thereof, should also be in evidence in each of the eligible grantees’ mission statements or operating principles.

The overall focus of the Madison Rotary Club’s charitable distribution and granting activities is to provide financial support to local, national, and international organizations that serve the public through humanitarian efforts (e.g., disaster relief, food, clothing, shelter), education and training initiatives, local environmental initiatives, arts related activities, and health related services (immunization programs, HIV/Aids initiatives, etc.).

Preference may be given to organizations that reach traditionally underserved groups and/or organizations that serve the greater Madison community. If the local organization is based outside of the area, it should provide significant service to greater Madison area residents or should, in some way, enhance the quality of life in the Madison area.

Preference may be given to national organizations or organizations outside the greater Madison area that are seeking grants through the Madison Rotary Club, but these organizations should have either a local chapter in the immediate area or a representative of that organization involved with the Madison Rotary Club.

International projects should align with Rotary International’s published giving philosophies.

There are two distinct categories of financial donations that the Madison Rotary Club funds:

1. Grants: Grants may be given to qualified, nonprofit, tax exempt organizations that meet the stated guidelines for charitable distributions. Grant requests can be made to support a specific project or initiative or can be made for general operating support.

2. Sponsorships: Sponsorships may be given to community organizations planning an event or other groups (e.g., school and sports groups).

Applicants should make a good faith effort to offer volunteer opportunities to Rotary members, or to the Rotary’s Interact club members at the Madison High School. These could include Board of director’s positions, collaborations on community projects or service projects for the Interact club.

Recipients should be willing to speak at a Madison Rotary breakfast or lunch meeting during the year. This presentation will provide the recipients an opportunity to educate Rotarians about what their organization does for the community and will provide a connection between the Rotary club and the recipient.

Community Sponsorships:

Qualifying Criteria: Community organizations or groups seeking sponsorships should have a meaningful presence in Madison or be organizing an event that will directly and significantly benefit residents of the greater Madison area.

The sponsorship amount will be influenced by the size of the sponsorship request relative to the overall size of the organization or event.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180657

Estimated Size of Grant:

Historically, Grants from the Madison Rotary Club fall into the $250 - $1,500 range.

A Sponsorship from the Madison Rotary Club typically falls in the $250 - $1,000 range.

Term of Contract:

Organizations must apply for financial support annually. There are no automatic, multi-year or recurring grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All eligible grantees must be a 501(c)3 or other similar tax-exempt organization.

Rotary does not fund: (a) capital projects; (b) organizations that only benefit a few; and (c) labor, religious, political, lobbying, or fraternal groups—except when these groups provide specifically identified services that fall within the “Giving Philosophy” stated above.

Pre-Application Information:

The Grant application period will be from March 1, 2018 to April 1, 2018.

Recipients should make arrangements to have a representative of their organization receive the grant in person at a designated Club meeting in May or June. Notification will be given.

Organizations may apply for Sponsorships at any time, and the Club will respond within approximately six (6) weeks.

-Full application available on the club’s website (see below): March 1
-Application deadline: April 1
-Grant review period: April-May
-Notification of grants: May
-Presentation of grants at Rotary Meeting: TBA

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Jim Greene, Grants and Sponsorship Committee Chair

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Jersey: Greater Madison Area