Rotary Club of Youngstown Community Grant Program

The Rotary Club of Youngstown was founded on February 1, 1915. Our club is #137, of nearly 34,000 Rotary clubs worldwide. A membership of over 95 represent a significant cross section of business, philanthropic and non-profit organizations and is committed to the Rotary motto of "service above self." The Youngstown Rotary Foundation was established in 1947 as an enduring source of revenue supporting charitable endeavors of importance with positive impact on our city, our nation and our world.
Funding Purpose and Categories
The Youngstown Rotary Foundation has budgeted a total of $30,000 for the 2023-2024 Community Grant Program to provide two categories of grant opportunities for nonprofit organizations servicing and impacting the City of Youngstown and addressing one or more of Rotary International’s Seven Areas of Focus:
  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
  • Disease prevention and treatment
  • Water and sanitation
  • Maternal and child health
  • Basic education and literacy
  • Economic and community development
  • Protecting the environment
Local non-profits are encouraged to submit a grant application.
Community Impact Grants for Operational Support of up to $20,000 will be awarded to support a nonprofit organization’s mission rather than specific projects or programs. General operating support is the working capital nonprofits need to sustain their day-to-day operations, enabling nonprofits to build a strong and sustainable infrastructure to provide programs and services that will have the greatest impact.
Community Program/Project Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to nonprofit organizations supporting projects or programs that will make a significant, positive difference in the Youngstown community.
  • Grants will only be made to organizations and groups that are qualified under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Grants will be made to organizations that operate out of Mahoning County and serve the residents of the City of Youngstown.
  • Only one project per organization per grant cycle will be awarded.
Not Eligible for Funding
  • Grants will NOT be made to cover unrestricted capital campaigns, endowments, litigation costs, religious programming, and deficit funding or debt retirement.
  • Grants will NOT be made directly to individuals.
  • Applicants with unmet obligations on prior grants may not apply.
  • Program does not support sub granting or regranting.
Application Process:
Interested applicants should review the full set of guidelines before applying.
Application form available in Fillable Word Document.
The 2023-2024 grant cycle is open from October 15, 2023 through December 15, 2023.
To submit an application, and for questions, please email  A confirmation email will be sent when an application is received. All applicants will be informed of the Youngstown Rotary Foundation decisions after December 15, 2023.