Grant Applications

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders, united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster: 

  • High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business and community life;
  • The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service; and
  • The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

The mission of Rotary International (“RI”) is to assist and guide Rotarians and Rotary clubs to accomplish the Object of Rotary and to ensure Rotary’s continuing relevance to help build a better world. RI emphasizes and supports service activities by individuals and groups that enhance the quality of life and human dignity, encourage high ethical standards, and create greater understanding among all people to advance the search for peace in the world.

To advance this mission, the Rotary Club of Wausau (the “Club”) raises and distributes funds that support projects in Marathon County, in Rotary District 6220, and internationally that are consistent with the mission and focus of Rotary. The Club will endeavor to allocate approximately 70% of its grant funding in support of local Marathon County projects and approximately 30% of its grant funding in support of international projects. The Club will work cooperatively with other civic organizations, other Rotary clubs, and RI to leverage resources into larger contributions whenever appropriate.

The amount of grant dollars available for distribution during a given fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) of the Club will be determined during the Club’s annual budget process. Endowment fund income, prior-year fund-raising proceeds, prior year undistributed grant funds, and the general financial health of the Club will be considered in the determination of the appropriation allotted for potential distribution through grants. Grants will be distributed under the authority of the Club’s Board of Directors with input from its Grants Committee.

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Grant proposals will be considered and awarded on quarterly cycles (July-September, October-December, January-March, and April-June). The Grants Committee will evaluate the merits of each request and will make a recommendation regarding each grant application to the Club’s Board of Directors. Requests for grant funding may be submitted at any time using the Rotary Club of Wausau Grant Application form. Requests will generally be considered for funding in the succeeding quarter’s grant cycle. The Grants Committee may from time to time make exceptions to this practice.

Requests for grant funding may be made for any amount. Grant awards may be made in the total amount requested or in partial amounts, depending on the merits of the grant request and the available grant funds at that point in time. Multi-year funding commitments may be considered. Grant recipients will be expected to regularly report to the Club on the status of the project and how well the project is meeting the anticipated objectives. Such reports should occur at least annually.


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