Around Lansing

The Rotary Club of Lansing has a tradition of local community giving unparalleled by any organization in the area!  Each year we select local organizations to benefit from the Club’s Foundation fundraising activities.

2018-2019 Grant Recipients

Capital Support
  • Tri County Office on Aging - $10,000
  • Child & Family Charities - $10,000
  • Ele's Place - $5,000
  • Davies Project - $5,000
  • Haven House - $5,000
Operational Support
  • Helping Hands Respite Care - $5,000
  • Highfields - $5,000
  • Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art - $5,000
  • Communities in Schools of Michigan - $5,000
Project Support
  • Lansing Symphony - $2,500
  • Michigan Dyslexia Institute - $2,500

Since our club was founded in 1916, we’ve donated millions of dollars to organizations in the Lansing community.  Here are many of the organization’s we’ve helped during the last 100+ years:

  • Advent House Ministries
  • All-of-Us Express Children’s Theater
  • American Lung Association
  • American Red Cross
  • Arts Council of Greater Lansing
  • Assoc of Students MSU
  • Association of Retarded Citizens
  • Beekman Center
  • Belgium Children’s Milk Relief Fund
  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters
  • Black Child & Family Institute
  • BoarsHead Theatre
  • Boy Scouts Summer Camps
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Boys Club of America
  • Boys Industrial School
  • Boys Scouts
  • Boys Summer Camp
  • Brotherhood Against Drugs
  • Building Brighter Futures
  • C. C. Summer Camps
  • Camp Emery
  • Camp Highfields
  • Camp Ingham-Highfields
  • Camp Kiroliex
  • Capital Area Interfaith Respite
  • Capital Area Literacy Coalition
  • Capital Area United Way
  • Capital Region Community Fdn
  • Capitol News Educational Fund
  • Care Free Medical
  • Center for Handicapper Affairs
  • Center for the Arts
  • Chief Okemos Council, Boy Scouts of America (BSA)
  • Children’s Crippled Fund
  • Children’s Learning Care Center
  • City of Lansing
  • City Rescue Mission
  • Clare Lake Camp
  • Community/Youth Projects
  • Cooperative Extension Service
  • Crippled Children’s Fund
  • Cristo Rey Community Center
  • Cystic Fibrosis Camps
  • Dental Health Fund
  • Drug Abuse Assistance Education
  • East Side Drop In Center
  • Easter Seal Society of MI
  • Eastminister Presbyterian Church
  • Economic Crisis Center
  • EL Rotary
  • Ele’s Place
  • Episcopal Ministry at MSU
  • Everett High School
  • Expectant Parents Organization
  • Explorer Boy Scouts of America
  • Fenner Arboretum
  • Fenner Nature Center
  • Fest Eve
  • First Congregational Church
  • Food Service Program
  • Foster Grand Parents
  • Foster Special Ed Camp
  • Girl Scouts
  • GM/Woldumar Nature Center
  • Gr Lansing Symphony Orchestra
  • Greater Lansing Safety Patrol
  • H.O.P.E. Project
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Handicapped Association
  • Harry Hill High School
  • Harvest House
  • Haven House
  • High School Football Team
  • Highfields
  • Hockey Club
  • Hospice of Lansing
  • Impression 5 Science Center
  • Indian Trails Summer Camp
  • Industrial School for Boys & the Social Center Institution
  • Ing Co Citzens Comm on Spec Ed
  • Ing Co Soc for Crippled Children
  • Ingham Co Close-Up Program
  • Ingham Co Community Food Bank
  • Ingham County 4-H
  • Ingham County Health Department
  • Ingham Intermediate School District
  • Ingham Medical Center
  • Ingham Medical Center Auxiliary
  • Junior Achievement
  • Justice in Mental Health Program
  • Keep Michigan Beautiful
  • Lansing Area Safety Council
  • Lansing Art Gallery
  • Lansing Community College
  • Lansing General Hospital
  • Lansing Health Foundation
  • Lansing Neighborhood Council
  • Lansing School District
  • Lansing Sports for Cerebral Palsy
  • Lansing Symphony Orchestra
  • LCC Paramedic Program
  • Lelcotele Mid-MI
  • Lifeline Camp
  • Lifelong Camp
  • Lifetech Academy
  • Listen Community Crusade
  • Loaves & Fishes Ministry
  • Meridian Language Arts Center
  • MI Academy of Dentistry for Handicapped
  • MI Assoc for Children with Learning Disabilities (LD)
  • MI Capital Girl Scout Council
  • MI Dyslexia Association
  • MI Festival
  • MI School for the Blind
  • MI Society for Professional Engineers
  • MI State Council of the OIC’s of America
  • MI Women Studies Association
  • Michigan Capital Girl Scouts
  • Michigan Dance Association
  • Michigan Ski for Light
  • Michigan State College
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving
  • Mother Theresa House
  • MSU College of Human Medicine
  • MSU PE & Exercise Science
  • MSU Veterinary Clinic
  • MSU Veterinary School
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Nature Way Association
  • North Elementary School
  • Northwestern Elementary School
  • Old Lansing Newsboys
  • Operation Crossroads
  • Operation Stork
  • Orthopedic Campers
  • Orthopedic Camps
  • PAM Assistance Center
  • Parents Together/El Public Schools
  • Pashami Dancers
  • Paul Schneider
  • Peckham Vocational Industries
  • Physically Impaired Assoc of MI
  • Piney Wood School at Barxton
  • Potter Park Zoo
  • Programs for Learning
  • Project H. O. P. E.
  • R. E. Olds Transportation Museum
  • R. J. Scheffel Fund
  • Reading is Fundamental
  • Red Cross
  • Red Cross of Mid-Michigan
  • Riverwalk Theatre
  • Rural Emergency Outreach
  • Safety Council for Greater Lansing
  • Self Help Garden
  • Services for Handicapped
  • Signature Project
  • Single Parent Family Institute
  • Sparrow Hospital
  • Sparrow Hospital Rehab Center
  • Special Needs
  • Special Olympics
  • St. Lawrence 60+ Health Center
  • St. Vincent Home
  • State Journal Relief Fund
  • State of MI Crippled Childrens Commission
  • State of MI Olympic Game Fund
  • State Vocational School
  • Stoneleigh Residence-Hospice/Lans
  • Straight, Inc.
  • Student Loan Fund
  • Student Projects
  • Student Projects – Intern
  • Summer Special Olympics
  • Sunset Club
  • T. B. Association
  • T. B. Camp
  • The Listening Ear
  • The Sanitarium
  • Tri-County Aging Consortium
  • Tri-County Office of Aging
  • Tuberculosis Hospital
  • United Cerebral Palsy Assoc of MI
  • United Nations Assembly
  • Upward Bound
  • Urban 4-H Program
  • Urban Options, Inc.
  • Voluntary Action Center
  • Volunteers of America
  • Walnut Street School
  • Water for People
  • Waverly High School
  • Wharton Center
  • WKAR
  • Woldumar Nature Center
  • Woodhaven
  • World Affairs Trip
  • Y.W.C.A.
  • YMCA
  • YMCA Mystic Lake Camp
  • Youth Development Corporation
  • Youth for Christ
  • Youth for Christ Lifeline Camp
  • Youth Services
2020 Grant Application Guidelines
Rotary Club of Lansing Foundation
2020 Local Grant Program
Application Guidelines
Rotary is an international membership organization made up of people who share a passion for and commitment to enhancing communities and improving lives across the world. Rotary clubs exist in almost every country. Our members change lives locally and connect with other clubs to work on local and international projects that address today’s most pressing challenges. Being a member is an opportunity to take action and make a difference, and it brings personal rewards and lifelong friendships in the process.
The Lansing Rotary Club reflects a membership of over 200 outstanding and compassionate civic leaders who enjoy the fun of fellowship and opportunities to collectively make an impact on the Lansing community and the world. Members represent a cross-section of our business and professional community dedicated to a higher standard – Service Above Self.
To reflect the goals of making an impact, the Rotary Club of Lansing Foundation has established an enduring source of revenue where Lansing Rotarians honor the club's creed of "service above self" by supporting charitable endeavors of importance with positive impact on our city, our nation and our world.
Available Resources:
The Rotary Club of Lansing Foundation has budgeted a total of $70,000 for the Local Grant Program for 2020. Awards are competitive.
All applications must make a significant, positive difference in the Lansing community and must address one or more of the following:
  •  Projects serving residents of Ingham, Clinton or Eaton counties
  •   Projects serving an underserved or disadvantaged population
  •   Projects enhancing cultural or economic elements of the community
  •   Projects demonstrating a unique or emerging need that is unmet by another organization
Funding Categories and Maximum Grant Requests:
Each applicant must choose a funding category in which to apply:
Community Grants (grants up to $10,000)
Community Grant is a competitive program to support a nonprofit organization’s mission rather than specific projects or programs. General operating support is the working capital nonprofits need to sustain their day-to-day operations, enabling nonprofits to build a strong and sustainable infrastructure to provide programs and services that will have the greatest impact.
Signature Grants (grants up to $25,000 to $50,000)
Signature Grant is a competitive program for nonprofit organizations that provide funding assistance for the expansion, renovation, or construction of facilities; upgrade of equipment and furnishings to provide an up-to-date environment; and/or provide or increase accessibility to persons with disabilities.
  •  Grants will only be made to organizations and groups that are qualified under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, or to churches, schools, governmental units, or another Rotary Club.
  •  Grants will be made to projects that serve the residents of Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton counties.
  •  Only one project per organization per grant cycle will be awarded.
  •  All applicants must have a current Rotary Club of Lansing member as a sponsor of their application and provide a letter of support from that member within their application.
Not Eligible for Funding
  •   Grants will NOT be made to cover unrestricted capital campaigns, endowments, litigation costs, religious programming, deficit funding or debt retirement.
  •   Grants will NOT be made directly to individuals.
  •   Projects that received funding from the Rotary Club of Lansing Foundation during the prior two years are NOT eligible in this grant cycle.
  •   Applicants with unmet obligations on prior grants may not apply.
Grant Review Process:
  •  Applications will be reviewed by the Rotary Club of Lansing Foundation Local Grant administrator for eligibility.
  •  A review panel will be appointed and will consist of Rotary Club of Lansing Foundation board members, who are elected on the basis of their familiarity with, and expertise in, a broad spectrum of nonprofit organizations programming and reach. During the review panel meeting, applications are discussed, evaluated and scored according to the guidelines and selection criteria.
  •   The panel may opt to recommend full or partial funding to any eligible applicant.
  •   Decisions of the community review panel may not be appealed.
  •  The Rotary Club of Lansing Foundation board of directors reviews and makes final decisions regarding the community review panel’s recommendations prior to notification and announcement of grants.
Selection Criteria:
Selections for awards will be based on the following in all three funding categories:
  •   Project Description – Complete, descriptive project narrative including the who, what, where, when, why and how. The use of funds must be for a high quality, exemplary project that addresses the Rotary Club of Lansing Foundation purpose.
  •   Impact on Local Community - Merit of the proposed project’s impact upon the local community and target audience.
  •   Management - Feasibility of the project and ability of the organization to undertake and complete the project.
  •  Evaluation and Measurement of Outcomes – description of how and what measures you will use to define success.