Yakima Rotary Club Grants

The Yakima Rotary Club has awarded millions of dollars in grants since its founding over a hundred years ago. Countless community members and leaders have entrusted Yakima Rotary to invest their donations to benefit our citizens. We have a rich history of helping those in need that can only be done by our dedicated group of local Rotarians.


Allocation and Review Grants

Each year the Yakima Rotary Club oversees and directs awards to local and international projects funded through Yakima Rotary Charities. Our Allocation & Review Committee reviews each grant request and recommends action to our Board of Directors. The focus of these grants are programs that favor children and quality of life projects, promote startup ideas, help initiate pilot projects, literacy, and projects where local Rotarians can be involved. (guidelines are included as part of the application) Organizations applying for a grant must be a 501(3) non-profit as approved by the Internal Revenue Service. Schools that do not have a 501(c)3 available are also eligible to apply.
Examples of funding include in the past two years have included the purchase of supplies for an art program at Apple Valley Elementary, interpretive trail maps for Cowiche Canyon Conservancy, a street clean-up program through the Union Gospel Mission, funding of a remote kids summer program through the Henry Beauchamp Community Center, the purchase of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for first responders, and donations to our local food banks.
All requests for funding must be include a completed written application. The current grant application form can be found below. Applications for funding are being accepted. Final decisions on giving will not be made until spring 2021 – please keep that in mind when choosing your project.


Other Grants

Our Club also funds a major project each year that includes a hands-on component.  While this is not a “grant” that can be applied for, it is a project that makes a significant impact on our community. The last 5 years we have funded and built a new playground at Randall Park,  funded and built a new Rotary Education Center at Rod’s House, created a new computer lab, art room and library at the Washington Fruit Community Center, and installed a new playground at MLK Jr. Park. In spring of 2021 all three Yakima Rotary Clubs and the Yakima Rotary Trust will be partnering to replace the McGuire playground on the Yakima Greenway.