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Santa Monica Rotary Club Accepting Grant Applications

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By Daniel Larios
Staff Writer

March 24, 2014 -- The Santa Monica Rotary Club is now accepting applications for its Community and Youth Grants program from local non-profit organizations that address the needs of the less fortunate.

Grant applications are due on Tuesday, April 1 in order to coincide with the next funding cycle for participating organizations.  Grants offered by the Community and Youth Grants program range from $500 to $3,500.

“We have two cycles a year and this is our second cycle,” said Mitchell Kraus, the Club's Community & Youth Grants Committee Co-chair. “We usually get about a half a dozen to 15 applicants, and we award at minimum a half dozen grants, depending on the applicants.”

Funds may be requested for capital, equipment or new program development. However, they are not available for annual operating needs or special events. Non-profit organizations may apply annually for funding.

“The Rotary Club has been in Santa Monica for close to 90 years, we've always been active in the community, and one of the ways we do that is through these grants,” said Kraus.

In the past, the Rotary Club has contributed grants to family clinics, schools, and other organizations serving Santa Monica, including Westside Ballet, Santa Monica High School, the Santa Monica Education Foundation and the local Boy Scouts troop.

“We are looking for new groups and are looking to spread the wealth,” said Kraus. “We are actively looking for partners in order to make the world a better place,”

Organizations must provide proof of non-profit 501(c)(3) status and be able to verify that the funds benefit the community of Santa Monica or address the needs of the less fortunate in Santa Monica.

“The more organizations that apply, the more Santa Monica benefits,” said Kraus.

Applications and instructions can be obtained by contacting the Rotary Club of Santa Monica at (310) 917-3313, by e-mailing RotaryClubofSantaMonica@Verizon.net, or from the Rotary Club website at www.rotaryclubofsantamonica.org.


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