Community GrantsThe charitable needs of our community are great and every quarter the Rotary Club of Fort Collins (RCFC) will distribute Community Grants sponsored by our membership to very deserving non-profit service organizations in the local Fort Collins area. The RCFC Community Grants Committee looks for innovative projects and services that respond to community issues, address local needs, are available to the community as a whole or large segment in need, and will improve community members lives. The RCFC Community Grants Committee will review all Grant applications and submit recommendations to the Rotary Club Board of Directors for final selection. Please review the following important links and information if you are interested in applying for a Community Grant:

 

Youth Programs Press Release March, 2022

Community Grants Awards
The Community Grants committee recently awarded an Arts and Culture program grant to the Museum of Art Fort Collins. The Museum will use our to support their upcoming group exhibition and programs for “A Culture Preserved (in the Black Experience).   This exhibition addresses black heritage and how it shapes the values, beliefs and aspirations that define peoples’ identity. 
In March, our Community Grants committee awarded $3,000 to the Fort Collins Symphony to support their “Lost in Space” pops concert and specifically the presentations by Dr. Erin Macdonald, an astrophysicist, who serves as a technical science consultant for the Start Trek franchise.
The Community Grants committee in February awarded and Health and Welfare grant to the Fort Collins Mennonite Fellowship.  They will use our $2,500 grant to establish a new local Community Center within their building to provide food, showers, laundry, a community closet and support for some of the unhoused people of Fort Collins.   
Community Grants awarded a $2,500  Health and Welfare grant to Larimer Court Supports to fund their new Sober Wellness Project.  This project will help approximately 150 clients in their Problems Solving Courts.  Problem Solving Courts have been shown to be an effective means of reducing substance abuse, managing mental illness, increasing the likelihood of remaining in recovery, and reintegrating into communities as productive and contributing members.  PSC also reduces jail and prison costs.
The Community Grants Committee reviewed and selected agencies to receive funding under the Health and Wellness Category.  On Wednesday, January 12th, the Fort Collins Audubon Society accepted our $1,600 grant to publish 500 copies of their mindful birding booklet.  This will be used by patients at the UC Harmony Cancer Center  Patients will practice mindfulness while they connect with nature through birding.  Accepting the award is Barbara Patterson.
Northern Colorado Wildlife Center was recently awarded a $1,000 community grant under our education program cycle.  They will use this grant to provide free family-friendly wildlife education classes to teach FC residents how to safely intervene when they find wildlife in distress or are experiencing a human-wildlife conflict on their property. Tallon Nightwalker, executive Director is accepting the check from Steve Schaefer.