Community grants are the largest single component of Palo Alto Rotary’s charitable budget. Local non-profit and educational organizations may apply once a year in early November. A Grant Guidelines information sheet for 2017-18, with specific dates, is available on the Rotary website. Community Grants will be awarded at a Rotary Club meeting in March 2018.
The 2017 recipients of Palo Alto Rotary Charitable Community Grants:
Abilities United - $7,000 to support the creation of an art studio for people with disabilities.
All Students Matter - $10,000 to expand volunteer classroom assistance program to the 5th grade in the Ravenswood City School District.
Episcopal Senior Communities Foundation - $5,000 launch a weekly produce market at Stevenson House, a low-income senior community in Palo Alto.
Family & Children’s Services - $5,000 to support counseling services for low-income individuals and families.
La Comida - $5,000 to support the move of the senior lunch program to a new location.
Palo Alto Players - $3,000 to provide free theater tickets to a performance of Peter Pan to low-income children in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto.
Project WeHope - $5,200 to purchase a new refrigerator and a holding cabinet for keeping donated prepared food warm until dinner is provided to clients.
St. Elizabeth Seton School - $4,000 to purchase book bags as part of a new bilingual literacy program for kindergarten through fourth grades.
TheatreWorks - $5,000 to support its youth outreach programs, including its popular Oskar anti-bullying educational plays performed at elementary schools.
Mayview Community Health Center – $10,000 (Fund-a-Need) to support subsidized health services for low-income residents of Palo Alto and East Palo Alto.?
The 2016 recipients of Palo Alto Rotary Charitable Community Grants:
Child Advocates of Silicon Valley - $5,000
East Palo Alto Kids Foundation - $10,000
Environmental Volunteers - $3,000
Foundation for a College Education - $10,000
Kara - $3,000
Marine Science Institute - $8,000
My New Red Shoes - $10,000
DreamCatchers - $10,000 (Fund-a-Need) ?
The 2015 recipients of Palo Alto Rotary Charitable Community Grants:
10 Books a Home: $7,500
EPA Youth Court: $10,000
I Cubed: $4,500
Marine Science Institute: $9,816
Palo Alto Housing Corp: $4,000
Ravenswood Education Foundation: $5,000
Downtown Streets Team (Fund A Need Proceeds) - $10,000
The 2014 recipients of Palo Alto Rotary Charitable Community Grants:
Able Works - $5,000
Building Futures Now - $5,000
Dream Catchers - $5,000
East Palo Alto Youth Court - $5,000
St. Francis of Assisi Youth Club - $5,000
Youth Community Service - $5,000
10 Books A Home (Fund A Need Proceeds) - $10,000
The 2013 recipients of Palo Alto Rotary Charitable Community Grants:
Fiscal Year 2013- $40,000, plus Fund-A-Need proceeds
Ada's Cafe - $4,000 (+ $TBD Fund-A-Need) to support the acquisition of equipment for the café to be operated at the new Mitchell Park Library & Community Center by this non-profit devoted to supporting developmentally-disabled adults.
American Association of University Women (AAUW) - $2,000 for scholarships to needy 7th grade girls so they can attend Tech Trek, a residential summer math/science camp held at Stanford.
Environmental Volunteers - $5,000 in support of the new Baylands Junior Naturalist Program at the newly opened EcoCenter, providing 25 children in grades 3-5 a structured after-school program to learn about the baylands and its habitat.
Foothill DeAnza Foundation - $10,000 to support a new summer math and science camp program targeting 11th and 12th grade girls and underrepresented students with the goal of inspiring them to pursue science, math and technology studies in college.
Palo Alto Community Child Care - $4,000 to purchase new books and other materials for the Providor Connection, a resource center of education, training and professional development materials for preschool teachers and others who work with young children.
Parents Place - $5,000 to provide parenting workshops and one-on-one counseling to approximately 90 low-income parents..
Peninsula Bridge - $10,000 to support a new Transitions Program to help underserved 8th graders make a successful transition to high school, held on ten Saturdays during the academic year.
The 2012 recipients of Community Grants:
Adolescent Counseling Services - $12,400 ($1,280 + $11,120 from Fund-A-Need) to support the On Campus Counseling program in Palo Alto secondary schools, where trained ACS counselors are available at all three middle schools and both high schools.
Building Futures Now - $7,500 to fund a five-week summer program for 60 East Palo Alto and east Menlo Park students entering or in middle school to bolster their academic skills, especially in math, reading and writing so they can enter the new year at grade level.
Food Closet of South Palo Alto- $2,320 for shelving needed as part of improving the Food Closet's space at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Palo Alto, which provides groceries on a weekly basis to 85 Palo Alto families.
Friends of Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo- $5,000 to fund field trips to the museum and zoo by East Palo Alto students being served by the Junior Museum's outreach education program which presents science curriculum to 500 elementary school students at Willow Oaks School.
La Comida- $9,000 to fund the costs of van transportation for seniors living in Palo Alto wanting to attend the daily La Comida lunch program operated at Avenidas but who cannot drive.
Mayview Community Health Center- $10,000 to fund immunizations for low-income children, offsetting funds that have been eliminated by the state due to budget cuts.
California Family Foundation (Beechwood School) - $4,000 to equip the school’s 5th through 8th grade classrooms with LCD projectors in order to enable multimedia teaching methods.
East Palo Alto Youth Court - $5,000 in support of a juvenile justice diversion program in which under-age, first-time offenders of minor crimes plead guilty and are then diverted for sentencing to a mock court process conducted entirely by other young people serving as attorneys, judges and jurors. Foothill College Book Program- $2,000 (plus what is raised at the fundraising event as a “Fund a Need” project) for textbook vouchers to disadvantaged, full-time Foothill College students needing financial assistance.
Palo Alto Art Center Foundation - $4,000 to support the Cultural Kaleidoscope Program, which partners elementary school classes in the Palo Alto and Ravenswood school districts to work with a resident artist on collaborative art projects.
Ravenswood Education Foundation - $8,700 to fund an extension of the normal school day for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders at Green Oaks Academy in East Palo Alto by one hour four days a week, with a goal of improving academic proficiency and test scores.
Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired - $1,300 to purchase eight copies of OpenBook Software, which converts printed documents into electronic speech format to enable blind or visually impaired individuals to access their mail, books, bills and other documents via audio formats.
The 2010 recipients of Community Grants:
Abilities United - $1,000 (plus whatever is raised as the “Fund a Need” item at the annual Rotary fundraising event) to purchase up to eight custom-designed waterproof wheelchairs allowing individuals with physical disabilities to access the pool for therapy and rehabilitation.
Adolescent Counseling Services - $10,000 in support of the On-Campus Counseling Program, which provides free individual and family counseling and crisis intervention for students at all five secondary schools in Palo Alto, plus Menlo-Atherton High School, Redwood High School in Redwood City and La Entrada Middle School in Menlo Park.
Big Brothers and Sisters - $5,000 to support the one-on-one mentoring programs at Green Oaks Academy, East Palo Alto Charter School and the 49ers Academy in East Palo Alto, in which adults and high school students work with at-risk elementary and middle school students.
Cleo Eulau Center - $7,500 to support the Collaborative Counseling Program, providing group and individual therapy for at-risk youth at the Court and Community School South in East Palo Alto, consisting of students on probation or expelled from other schools.
Lytton Gardens - $5,100 to purchase an Arjo Walker for the Lytton Gardens Health Care Center. The Arjo Walker is a hydraulic lift reduces risk of injury for both patient and therapist when lifting or lower the patient to and from a standing position.
Second Harvest Food Bank - $5,000 to provide free produce to low-income families in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto once a month through the Ecumenical Hunger Program.