Applications available for Rotary Club of Jefferson grants

Special to the Jefferson Herald

The Rotary Club of Jefferson is now accepting applications for grants from the proceeds of its 2022 charity auction.

The club has directed proceeds from its annual charity auction to worthy non-profit organizations and projects throughout Greene County for the past 22 years. More than $475,000 has been aimed at helping schools, libraries, community organizations and other entities make improvements and services that benefit the county’s quality of life.

Another $50,000 has gone to the Rotary International Foundation to finish eradicating polio world-wide and to offer grants in communities across the globe to address identified needs in Rotary’s seven areas of focus.
In observance of the Jefferson Rotary Club’s centennial in 2021, $50,000 in auction proceeds was given to the city of Jefferson to develop the Rotary Centennial Dog Park adjacent to the new Greene County Animal Shelter this spring.
The Rotary Club will disburse up to $9,500 in grants this year, while allocating $6,000 for college scholarships, $1,500 for a project chosen by the new Jefferson Rotary satellite (evening) club, and retaining funds for an upcoming large community-based project.
The application process is open to non-profit organizations whose programs or projects benefit others in the areas of basic education and literacy; peace-building and conflict resolution; water, sanitation and hygiene; disease prevention; environment; maternal and child health; or community and economic development.

Applications, policies and guidelines can be obtained online at, at the Journey Financial office at Home State Bank, or by emailing
Organizations are not required to have a 501(c)(3) IRS designation to apply for funds.

Completed applications must be postmarked and mailed to Jefferson Rotary Club, PO Box 105, Jefferson, IA  50129, or hand delivered to the Journey Financial office at Home State Bank by Friday, March 31, for consideration.

Rotary past president and 2022 auction chair Tori Riley will lead a committee of Rotarians who will read the grant applications and determine how funds will be distributed. Recipients will be announced in the early spring.

Grants will presented at a special Rotary recognition event the evening of Tuesday, May 2.

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