The application process is open to non-profit organizations whose programs or projects benefit others in the areas of peace, conflict resolution and other social issues, fighting disease and promoting health, providing clean water/environmental issues, economic and community development and youth/education and literacy. Organizations are not required to have a 501(c)(3) IRS designation.
Applications and policies and guidelines are available at the Greene County Chamber, Iowa State University Extension – Greene County office, all Greene County public libraries, Home State Bank and Peoples Trust & Savings Bank locations throughout the county.
Applications must be mailed to the post office box shown on the application. Grants will be awarded in March. Questions may be directed to Lisa Jaskey, treasurer – Rotary Club Foundation, at 515-386-4223.
Last year approximately $34,000 was awarded to 26 different organizations and projects such as the Churdan, Jefferson, Rippey, and Scranton public libraries, Greene County Early Learning Center, Greene County Historical Museum, Greene County Community School District, the Helping Hands program of Habitat for Humanity, Web House, funds for hydroponics equipment for FFA, a new K-9 officer for the sheriff’s office, starting blocks for the Jefferson municipal swimming pool, building improvements for the Elks lodge, Scranton Community Center, Sierra Community Theatre and the Jefferson VFW, as well as funding $2,000 in scholarships for Greene County high school graduates.
The grants are funded with proceeds from the Rotary Club’s annual charity auction. During the past 16 years, more than $300,000 has been aimed at helping schools, libraries, community organizations and other entities make improvements and services that benefit the quality of life in Greene County.