The Rotary Charities of Traverse City mission is to lead positive change within the five counties of the Grand Traverse area by giving back to local organizations in achieving their missions. On June 10th, the Program and Capital grants for Spring 2014 were announced. MyNorth Media would like to thank the Rotary Charities of Traverse City for the following content.

Collaborative partnerships, homeless resources, recreation—these are examples of the investments made by Rotary Charities during the spring grant round, which were announced by Rotary Charities Trustee Elaine Wood. Eleven grants totaling $210,000 were made to nonprofits and local units of government.

“These grant recipients represent the wonderful organizations that make our region unique,” stated trustee Woods. “As recipients of a Rotary Charities grant, they join the ranks of many others who have benefitted from our foundation, which has provided over $58 million dollars to our five-county region since its inception in the late 1970s. We understand the important link between a strong regional economy and healthy environment, vibrant arts and culture options, and educational opportunities for everyone.”

The following grants were awarded during the spring grant cycle:

Single Year Capital and Program Grants: $210,000

  • Area Agency Aging: Program Grant – $10,000
  • Area Seniors of Bellaire: Capital Grant – $5,000
  • Conservation Resource Alliance: Capital Grant – $25,000
  • Elmwood Charter Township: Capital Grant – $20,000
  • Grace Episcopal Church: Capital Grant – $20,000
  • Lakes to Land Regional Initiative: Program Grant – $35,000
  • Leelanau Conservancy: Capital Grant – $30,000
  • Mt. Holiday: Capital Grant – $10,000
  • Northwestern Michigan Fair: Capital Grant – $15,000
  • Peter Doughetry Society: Capital Grant – $15,000
  • Traverse Health Clinic: Program Grant – $25,000

In addition to the grants listed above, Rotary Charities provides planning grants to organizations for capital, program, and organizational capacity. These grants are made on a continuing basis and awards range from $5,000 to $8,000. During the period December 2013 and May 2014, $71,800 was awarded for 12 planning grants.

The next opportunity to apply for grants is September 2, 2014. More information is available at or by calling 231.941.4010. A free logic model training for grant applicants will take place later this summer. Check the Rotary Charities website for details.

About Rotary Charities

Since its inception in the mid-70s, Rotary Charities has distributed more than $58 million in the form of over 950 grants to organizations and non-profits in Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Benzie, Kalkaska and Antrim counties. The public foundation was formed following the 1976 discovery of oil and natural gas reserves on property owned by the Traverse City Rotary Club. Its purpose over the years has been to distribute interest income generated from the oil and gas royalties to organizations throughout the five-county region of northwest Michigan. More information is available at

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