Charitable Grants

Each year, the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Trust Fund gives annual Grants totaling about $50,000 to various charities around the world.

The Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Trust

The Trust is independent of the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club.  Funds raised by the Club are donated to the Trust Fund.  All charitable grants are then reviewed and decided upon by the Trust’s Board of Directors. Representing the interests of the Club’s members, the Trust Board prefers to make grants to fund specific projects or events that will help an organization achieve its mission.

All Grant requests can ONLY  be submitted by a Club Member-Sponsor. Grants are reviewed regularly by the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Trust Board.  Typically, it takes between 60 and 90 days to review and process a grant request.  Written notification of the Club’s decision will occur shortly after the grant decision is made. If you are not sure whether you know a member who can sponsor your organization,  please join us at one of the Club’s breakfast meetings.   If you don’t know any members and still think the Club will be interested in helping your organization, please contact the Chairman of the Club’s Trust Board by using the “Contact” Form on this website.

About our Grants

Grants are not limited to tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) organizations.

Typically, individual grants range from $250 to $2,500.  Applicants will be well regarded if they can demonstrate that their grant:

  • Makes a substantial difference in the quality of their community’s life
  • Facilitates collaboration and help builds partnerships between organizations,  local government, or public institutions to create positive change
  • Helps build their capacity to become more effective in their community

The Club also prefers to Fund organizations that are focused on:

  • Education
  • Healthcare, particularly for children
  • Helping families
  • Providing clean water to needy communities

Applying for a Grant


Rotary’s fiscal year is July 1st – June 30th. Each non-profit may receive funding only once each year.

However, to ensure a fast and fair response to need, we will now have two application opportunities each year.  In future years, grants applications will be due on August first and March first each year. NOTE:  This year, the first applications will be due September 15th.

If you apply in the first round and do not receive a grant, you may re-apply in May.

Grant Awards will be distributed at a Rotary Board meeting in October and June

Grant Requirements

  1.  Grant forms can be found and downloaded Here.
  2. All grants must be submitted electronically before 5 pm on the due date to grantapplications@sanibelrotary.org.

Please indicate on the subject line:  Grant Application from (name of your organization).

Attachments may be JPGs, Word or Excel Documents, or PDFs.

NOTE: Please submit application and attachments electronically.

A written progress report must be provided within 6-12 months of funding indicating how the funds were spent and how successful you were in achieving the desired outcome. If you do not submit a progress report within 6-12 months, your organization will not be considered for funding in the next year.

Grant final report forms can be found Here.

Thank you for your service to our community.  We look forward to receiving your grant applications.