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:


Arts and Culture Press Release January, 2022

Community Grants Awards
The Community Grants Committee met to review and select agencies to review funding under the Health and Wellness Category.  On Wednesday, 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.
 Junior Achievement Rocky Mountain was recently awarded a $3,500 Education Program grant.  They will use this grant to support JA’s K-12 financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness programs in the Poudre School district during the j2021-22 school year.  An emphasis will be placed on schools with Free & Reduced lunch percentage of 40% or higher.  JA was also presented with a Paul Harris Certificate of Appreciation.  The Rotary Club of Fort Collins believes that JA’s work exemplifies the humanitarian and educational objectives of the Rotary Foundation.  We thank JA for demonstrating a commitment to helping persons in need here and around the world. 
Funds will provide a 10-week summer activities program for 52 children/teens with developmental disabilities.  They will meet M-F from 1-5 p.m.  They will be involved in art, music and animal therapy, yoga, visits by local sports teams and off-site excursions to City Park pool, Discovery Museum library and more. Children will be among their peers while their families will be able to take a break from the normal caretaking routine.
Funds will be used to offset client fees for young child play sessions.  ChildSafe’s mission is to break the cycle and heal the trauma resulting from childhood abuse & neglect.  The play therapy sessions are used for children aged 2-10 years, allowing them to process their trauma and give therapists insight into their areas of need.  Play therapy helps children express their thoughts, experiences & feelings through playing with toys or through art therapy.
Funds will help support Pathways’ Kid’s Camps.  They will offer 7 one-day camps for kids dealing with loss of a loved one or kids with an advanced medical condition.  They provide these camps to 65-75 children/youth plus an average of 2 additional family members who join at the end (total served is 195-225 people).