Fort Collins Foothills Rotarians provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.  Rotary members throughout the world believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues. Club members work together to advance the six priority areas of Rotary International:

  • Promote peace

  • Fight disease

  • Provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene

  • Save mothers and children

  • Support education

  • Grow local economies

Locally, The Foothills Rotary Community Service Committee represents the Foothills Rotary membership and furthers the Club’s goal to support organizations committed to helping those in need in Northern Colorado, with an emphasis on disadvantaged youth.  

The Community Service Committee solicits, reviews and awards grants to nonprofit organizations on a quarterly basis, participates in the selection of nonprofit beneficiaries, coordinates Rotary participation in volunteer projects and helps educate Rotarians on nonprofit agencies and community challenges.


Applying For A Nonprofit Grant

Grants are accepted on a quarterly basis from local nonprofits that work toward Rotary’s six priority areas and/or who focus on disadvantaged youth in the local community. 

Grant Eligibility: Disadvantaged Youth

  • 501(c)3 organization serving individuals in Fort Collins

  • Preference given to organizations with a focus on youth

  • Preference given to applications requesting funds for direct service/programming

  • Preference given to applications requesting funds to serve low-income populations

Grant Eligibility: Special Projects Related to the Six Priority Areas

  • 501(c)3 organization serving individuals in Fort Collins

  • The six priority areas are listed in order of emphasis (please see link above).As such, consideration is given to projects that align with higher priorities areas over projects that align with lower priority areas.

  • Preference given to applications requesting funds for direct service/programming

Grant Awards:  Foothills Rotary generally provides grants between $500 and $1,000.

Volunteer Request: Does your nonprofit need volunteers for an upcoming project?  Please submit a brief description of your request via the online request form at least 30 days before your volunteer project date. 

Application Deadlines:

  • December 9
  • March 1
  • June 1
  • September 1
Questions:  Gary McDonald, Community Service Chair, grants@fcfoothillsrotary.com

The impact we're already having:

Project Self-Sufficiency

Selfpower is the power and confidence that comes from deep within the human spirit – once it’s realized, no one can ever take it away. The role of Project Self-Sufficiency is to simply help single parents see it, believe it, and achieve it.

Their goal as an organization is to cultivate the grit and determination necessary for a lifetime of achievements for single parents and their children.

Book Trust

The work of Book Trust revolves around a single, sad fact: There are thousands of children in America who would like nothing better than to read, but have no books.

It might seem surprising that so many kids in one of the wealthiest nations in the world can’t get their hands on a simple two-dollar book. But the picture is pretty stark – in low-income areas, there is just 1 book for every 300 children.

Partners Mentoring Youth

This organization is dedicated to Northern Colorado youth who are facing significant challenges in their lives. Since 1978, Partners Mentoring Youth has been pursuing our mission to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships between positive adult role models and youth facing challenges in their personal, social, and academic lives.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat builds houses in partnership with families in need, giving them hope to rise above discouraging, ever-increasing housing costs by partnering with them as they build and buy their own home. The strength and foundation of a home can be the hope that transforms the life of a family.

The Matthews House

Community supporting community: The Matthews House disrupts the cycles of poverty and abuse in Northern Colorado. They address the causes of childhood maltreatment and generational poverty, not just the symptoms. This makes a life-changing difference in the lives of at-risk youth and families.

Safe Kids Larimer County

Safe Kids Larimer County is a partnership of hospitals, healthcare organizations, police, fire, EMS, parent groups, and private individuals committed to preventing childhood injuries, the leading cause of death among children ages 19 and younger. They are a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network made up of over 600 coalitions in 17 member countries. Safe Kids Larimer County was established in 1999.

Coats And Boots

The North Fort Collins Business Association,, in conjunction with Jax, purchase coats and boots to distribute to children deemed to be the most impacted by poverty. In the past, NFCBA collected more than $25,000 and served the schools in north Fort Collins; every year the goal is to meet the needs of all PSD students in Fort Collins. The mission is simple: to provide high quality winter coats and boots to Poudre School District’s students living in poverty or in need. This organization's vision is that all children in Fort Collins will be properly outfitted for our wintry weather and be able to enjoy the pleasures of playing in the snow. After 15 years they have proudly provided coats and boots to all elementary schools in the Poudre School District.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County

The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

BGCLC opened its door in 1986 as a sole teen center located in Fort Collins, and has dramatically expanded its operations to meet the growing needs of Larimer County. In 1989, it became affiliated with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and officially became the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County.

Grant Fundraisers:

We are proud to sponsor several fundraising programs and events to support our donations to community and international causes.

Fort Collins Rotary Ale Trail

In 2018, Foothills Rotary created the Fort Collins Ale Trail to support local businesses and the nonprofit community.  Each year Foothills Rotary selects three local nonprofits as beneficiaries for Ale Trail Pass purchases, in addition to options to support Rotary programs.  Each individual who purchases an Ale Trail Pass selects a charitable cause to support with their purchase.  To learn about the Trail or purchase a pass, please visit the Ale Trail site

Nonprofits may apply to be considered as an Ale Trail beneficiary in May of each year.  Please check back for the application in the late spring.

Fort Collins Rotary Foodie Trail

In 2019, Foothills Rotary created the Fort Collins Foodie Trail to support local businesses and the nonprofit community. Each individual who purchases a Foodie Trail Pass may select a charity/charities to support with their purchase.  To learn about the Trail or purchase a pass, please visit the Foodie Trail Pass site

Nonprofits may apply to be considered as a Foodie Trail beneficiary in May of each year.  Please check back for the application in the late spring.

Purple Pins for Polio

Our yearly bowling tournament is sponsored by the Rotary Clubs in Fort Collins in order to promote community, and raise funds for the ongoing international fight to finally eradicate polio.

Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 30 years. Our goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever.

As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we've reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.

Fort Collins Peach Festival

The Peach Festival seeks to provide a family friendly event to the Northern Colorado community while promoting service, encouraging community interaction, and allowing local businesses to market and give back to the community through sponsorship.  We are truly so appreciative of your sponsorship and generosity.

Foothills Rotary Cornhole Tournament

Our newest fundraiser was created in 2019 to benefit local and international causes while promoting fun and community. We plan for this to grow as a wonderful event in Fort Collins!
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