The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor is the 30th largest Rotary Club in the world. In order to maximize the use of the talent of our more than 325 members, the Club has over 40 committees providing input to the Board of Directors. Weekly luncheon programs are scheduled approximately 90 days in advance, and international projects considered for funding are usually on a year in advance cycle. Therefore, although we try hard to respond to all questions and requests, our response time may not meet your timeline. We hope that this FAQ, organized in three categories-- Grants, Scholarships, and Service—will provide helpful information.
What type of projects does the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor fund? What is the application process?
Community Service Grants
The Ann Arbor Rotary Club annually solicits applications from Washtenaw County not-for-profit organizations whose purpose aligns with the theme "Helping Kids Succeed.”
The Committee grants up to $5,000 for a program or $3,000 for scholarships to each selected organization. The Committee awarded over $53,000 in its most recent round. Applications are solicited through direct e-mail, by articles in local media, and word of mouth. In 2016, e-mail messages asking for grant applications were sent January 2, and 32 applications were submitted by the deadline of February 26. Successful recipients were announced in mid-April with funds transferred by the end of April. Agencies who received funding from the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor in both 2015 and 2016 are not eligible for funding in 2017 but will be eligible again in 2018. For 2017, e-mail messages soliciting applications will be sent in early January, and the application deadline is at the end of February. Questions regarding the process may be referred to the Committee.
Rotary Grant Application (pdf version)
Rotary Grant Application (Word version)
International Humanitarian Projects
A committee works to identify, develop and carry out humanitarian projects with other Rotary Clubs in Third World countries. Recent projects included electronic reading machines for India, furniture for an orphanage in the Philippines, and constructing and fitting artificial limbs in India.
The International Humanitarian Projects committee researches and recommends projects suggested by fellow members, international organizations, and individuals. The committee works with Rotary Club(s) in the country of the project, and in cooperation with the Rotary International Foundation. Projects are usually considered for funding at least a year in advance. Requests for consideration should be sent to the chair of the International Projects committee via the Contact Us link on this website.
What kind of scholarships does the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor offer and what is the application process for these scholarships?
“Service Above Self” Scholarships for students at Washtenaw Community College
These scholarships are offered to WCC students who are current or past graduates of any Ann Arbor high school. Veterans will receive special consideration. The Rotary Club will award up to eight scholarships each year, covering up to $1,250 of tuition each semester (Fall and Winter only). Scholarships will be renewable for one additional year if the recipient earns a minimum 3.0 GPA, is pursuing classes toward the completion of one of the college’s programs and successfully completes 2/3 of the classes on his or her schedule. Applications are available from the WCC Financial Aid Office – SC 205, 4800 East Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105-4800.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)
The RYLA committee identifies high school students with leadership qualities and provides scholarships to attend the annual RYLA weekend leadership training conference in Ridgetown Ontario. Candidates are identified with help from high school counselors and from Interact clubs members at our large local high schools.
In partnership with Ann Arbor Technological High School, the Ann Arbor Rotary STRIVE Program helps turn young lives around. The program provides a unique structure, incentives, and motivation to help AATHS seniors accomplish these life-changing objectives. During the year the committee gives the Strive students incentives, such as theatre passes, restaurant certificates, bus passes, etc. and takes them to area companies to observe first-hand what the work-a-day world is like (STRIVE at Work) to encourage them to continue their progress. At the end of the school year, the committee awards about $12,000 in Washtenaw Community College scholarships to 8-10 top students based on the most improved and highest grade points.
What projects does the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor NOT usually Fund?
The Club does not fund:
Projects sponsored by groups or individuals that are not a registered non-profit.
Projects that are funded primarily by government agencies or organizations.
International projects having no relationship with a local Rotary Club or an organization recognized by Rotary International.
What scholarships/study grants does the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor NOT usually Fund?
The Club does not usually fund support for student tuition and/or travel expenses incurred for travel to internships, international conferences, and/or volunteer activities.
How should one approach the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor to solicit its participation in a local fundraising/social project or activity?
Individuals or organizations seeking participation or co-sponsorship of the Club’s membership should submit an invitation of such for consideration by the Board of Directors. Requests to inform the Club’s membership of an upcoming event will not be automatically placed in the Club’s Newsletter or distributed to the Club’s group e-mail list.
How does a person or organization approach the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor to invite the Club’s help with a local or international project?
Individuals or organizations seeking participation or co-sponsorship of the Club’s membership should submit an invitation of such for consideration by the Board of Directors.
Can a non-member of Rotary volunteer to work with the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor on one or more of its service projects ?
Interested individuals or organizations wishing to help with a project coordinated by the Rotary Club should contact the club via firstname.lastname@example.org They will be connected with the appropriate committee and invited to join in the fun.
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