Community Grants

Watsonville Rotary Foundation Request for Proposal (RFP) for Watsonville Rotary Foundation Grants Guidelines for Community Grants

Guidelines for Community Grants


The Watsonville Rotary Club Foundation is pleased to announce the release of its 2017-18 Grant Guidelines which are designed to be used by applicants interested in requesting grant funds in support of programs/projects that align with Watsonville Rotary’s specific Areas of Interest. (See “Areas of Interest for Funding in FY 2017-18”). The information below describes grantee eligibility requirements and exclusions, the Watsonville Rotary’s Areas of Interest and instructions on how to submit an application.


Organizations that meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • The applicant organization must be a nonprofit 501(c) (3), tax-exempt organization or a school based program in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District, or have a 501(c) (3), tax-exempt organization as a fiscal sponsor.
  • The applicant organization must provide or plan to provide programs/services benefitting the residents of Watsonville (95076) including Pajaro, La Selva, Corralitos & Royal Oaks) as well as Freedom (95019) and Aromas (95004) in one of Watsonville Rotary’s Priority Focus Areas as described in these guidelines (below). The applicant organization does not need to be located in the Pajaro Valley, but the applicant organization must demonstrate that it provides or plans to provide services that directly benefit residents of the Pajaro Valley.
  • The applicant organization must have a nondiscrimination policy in place.
  • The applicant organization must have the demonstrated capacity to carry out the program work funded by the grant and to maintain fiscal accountability.


In general, Watsonville Rotary does not give grants to:

  • Projects that do not substantially benefit residents of the Pajaro Valley.
  • Projects and proposals unrelated to Rotary’s defined Areas of Interest for Funding (See “Areas of Interest for funding in FY 2017-18” below).
  • Individuals.
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes.
  • Endowments, building campaigns, annual fund appeals, fundraising events or celebrations.
  • Commercial ventures.
  • Political Campaigns.


Watsonville Rotary awards grants to organizations whose applications are focused on one of our Areas of Interest below. Each of these Areas of Interest has specific goals. Interested applicants must identify a single area of interest and specific goal(s) for their request.

  1. Youth Violence Prevention: We would like to minimize the factors that contribute to youth violence by supporting programs/projects that:
  • Empower youth to seek positive solutions to social problems.
  • Provide safe places for children and their families.
  • Increase access to mental health services for youth and their families.
  • Provide pathways for students to stay in school and complete their education.
  1. Education Outreach Support: We would like to encourage individuals to increase their knowledge and their capacity to experience good quality of life by supporting programs/projects that:
  • Encourage attainment of higher education goals (academic, technical & vocational)
  • Teach workforce development skills
  • Provide educational pipeline programs for early development of career/professional interests.
  • Teach life skills and provide tools to address specific challenges and opportunities.
  • Encourage the practice of making healthy lifestyle choices.


Watsonville Rotary Foundation grants will be awarded in June 2018 to fund projects that will take place in FY 2018-19. Grants awarded in June 2018 will range from $250 to $1,500. Due to limited resources, applicants can apply for only one grant per year. Those who are awarded funding in a given year will not be eligible to apply the following year. However, they may apply again in the second year.

The number of grants and the amounts awarded are tied directly to Watsonville Rotary’s fundraising efforts on an annual basis and can vary from year to year. The Watsonville Rotary’s Board-appointed Grants Review Committee (GRC) will review grant proposals in the spring of each year through an objective process designed to identify proposals that most closely align with our grant guidelines. GRC recommendations are then forwarded to the Rotary Board of Directors for review and approval.

Watsonville Rotary will not be able to fund all requests submitted in response to this RFP – only those projects that most strongly meet the identified program goals above will receive support within Rotary’s budgetary limitations. The grant term will be one year (July 2018- June 2019); however, one-time and short-term projects will be considered.


The Watsonville Rotary prefers to provide program/project support and does not generally provide capacity-building, core operating or capital grants. Exceptions may include this type of support as part of a program/project grant.


Grant Guidelines Released: October 15, 2017

Grant Application Due: March 1, 2018

Awards Announced June 2018


    • Read the Grant Guidelines before completing the downloadable Grant Application, Program Evaluation Worksheet and Budget Worksheet provided below.
    • Check your work to make sure it is complete.
    • Once completed, submit all three forms by attaching them to the Rotary Contact Form below.
    • The deadline for submitting your completed grant proposal materials is 4 p.m. on March 1, 2018. You will receive an acknowledgement that your submission has been received within ten business days.
    • Questions? Contact Colleen Wallau, Grants Review Committee (GRC) Chair, at or call her at (831)  607-9467.

Grant Recipients June 21, 2017

The Boy Scouts of America                                                            $1500

Watsonville High Health Academy                                              $1000

The Pajaro Valley Health Trust Diabetes Health Center   $1500

Teen Kitchen                                                                                            $1500

CASA                                                                                                           $1500

Youth Now                                                                                                $1500

Pajaro Valley Shelter Services                                                       $1500

MAIA Foundation                                                                                 $1500

Watsonville Ivy League Project                                                   $1500

New School Environmental Ed/Outdoor Education          $1500